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Dorothy A. Alexander

March 9, 1915 - June 8, 2017

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Dorothy Ada Alexander 1915-2017


Dorothy Ada Alexander passed away on Thursday June 8th in Lake Forest, California at the age of 102.

She was born in Arbroath, county of Angus, Scotland on March 9th 1915 where she grew up with her younger sister Sibyl. She was active in the Girl Guides rising to the position of troop leader. She was always fond of the outdoors and loved biking and camping. As a young woman this love translated into painting watercolors in the beautiful countryside around her.

Her father died suddenly when...

Dorothy Ada Alexander 1915-2017


Dorothy Ada Alexander passed away on Thursday June 8th in Lake Forest, California at the age of 102.

She was born in Arbroath, county of Angus, Scotland on March 9th 1915 where she grew up with her younger sister Sibyl. She was active in the Girl Guides rising to the position of troop leader. She was always fond of the outdoors and loved biking and camping. As a young woman this love translated into painting watercolors in the beautiful countryside around her.

Her father died suddenly when she was 14 which changed the direction her life would go. She attended business college, and became a skilled administrative assistant. She moved to London where she spent happy years working and traveling with friends.

During World War II, while in London, she worked as an air raid warden getting up at all hours of the night to ensure the safety of the people around her.

She returned to live in Dundee, Scotland in 1947 and went to work for Valentine's Card Company as the Director's assistant. In 1959 she changed jobs and worked as the personnel director for Draffens Department Store. Dorothy worked there until her mother passed away, and she decided to move to the U.S. where her sister had emigrated many years before. One of her proudest moments was becoming a U.S. citizen.

She moved to Corona del Mar and worked for an insurance broker for the next 13 years. After her employer retired she began working at the University of California, Irvine where she remained until her retirement at the age of 72. During her time there she met many wonderful people who remained life long friends.

Dorothy purchased her home in Costa Mesa to be able to pursue her love of gardening. She was delighted by the roses she grew there, and spent lots of happy hours surrounded by them. She had a painting studio in her sun room, where she did many water color paintings, even winning an award for one at the Orange County Fair while in her 90s.

She always had her faith to guide her, and was so pleased to find, and become a member of, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. She was an active member, and was often to be found cutting wedding cakes. Her dedication earned her the position of deacon. The warm welcome she received there grew into many lifetime friendships.

Dorothy is survived by her niece, Marjie MacLaren, and nephew Duncan Low, and their children and grandchildren. Her sister, Sibyl Low, died in 1997.

Donations may be made in Dorothy Alexander's name in lieu of flowers to the Braille Institute: http://www.brailleinstitute.org/ways-to-give.html