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Dorothy Mae Anthony Surber

Marion County News of Pleasantville, Iowa

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February 1, 1922 — August 4, 2015 Dorothy was born in Marion County, Iowa, to Arch and Hazel Anthony, both deceased, and graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1940. During World War II she worked on the assembly line at a munitions plant. After the war she settled in Des Moines, IA, where she worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 16 years before moving to Santa Rosa, CA in 1962. For 14 years, Dorothy worked as a Psyciatric Technician at Sonoma Developmental Center and retired in 1976. During her tenure there Dorothy received an award for re-designing the foot rests on chairs used by clients with severe physical limitations. Her design was adopted by the state hospital system and is still in use today. In 1965, Dorothy married Karl Surber, and moved to Windsor, CA. Dorothy and Karl were very active in citizen band radio and once retired, they pursued their mutual love of camping and fishing. Dorothy's care for Karl following heart surgery and a subsequent stroke allowed him to reside at home until his death in 2004. After Karl's death Dorothy continued living at Royal Manor Mobile Home Park, where she visited shutins daily and served as the default taxi service for neighbors who could not drive. She performed these services well into her late 80's. Dorothy lived independently until the age of 91 when she moved to Healdsburg Senior Living. Dorothy was preceded in death by her siblings, Esther Hoch, Ruth Anthony, Arthur Anthony, Merrill Anthony, and Mildred Hoffman. Those left to honor her memory include her sisters, Norma Snodgrass, Irma Hudson, Marjorie Dop, and many other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be held on August 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Shiloh Cemetery in Windsor.

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Original Publication Date: September 10, 2015

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