Dorothy Mayfield, 86, passed away March 22, 2013. She was born October 22, 1926, to parents John Eugene White and Eva Mae Baber.
The White families were longtime residents of Mojave, Calif. where Dorothy grew up. She graduated from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, Calif. While working at White's Cafe, she met her husband Richard, who was stationed at the Mojave Marine Corps Base; they married in September of 1943 in Reno, Nev. She traveled with her husband throughout his remaining duty with the Marine Corps. Following his discharge and their return to Mojave, they moved, along with a large contingent of family members, to the Rogue Valley in 1947. And here they stayed.
Dorothy was a homemaker during her children's early years and then began a career in federal service. She worked for BLM, GSA, and the USFS. The majority of her career was as a GSA Regional Telecommunications Supervisor. This position required travel throughout the Northwest and Alaska and she loved it. After retirement, Dorothy and Richard owned and operated the Old Stage General Store from 1984 to 1994. What fun they did have.
She was an active member of numerous Masonic affiliated organizations including Reames Chapter 66, Order of the Eastern Star; Zuleima Temple No. 13, Daughters of the Nile; Bahari Court No. 104, Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America; and a charter member of Roxy Ann Court No. 20, Order of the Amaranth. She and Richard were active members of the Rogue Valley Yacht Club for many years and she earned her pilot's license in 1962.
Mom loved to have fun and had a smile for everyone. She had so much love for people, her pets, flowers, watering her garden, especially loving and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a creative, happy, and positive presence in our lives and in this world. We were blessed to have known this beautiful woman, and we will miss her.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Richard. She is survived by her daughter and son, Marsha Robertson and Grant Mayfield, his wife, Cheryl, who was like a daughter to her; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97201.