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Dorothy Mae Brown Bernhardt

"There was something in her movements that made you think

she never walked but always danced." --L.M. Montgomery

Dorothy Mae Brown Bernhardt passed away December 19, 2015. She was born March 1, 1925 to Howard and Eleanor Hayes Brown in Chicago, Ill.

Dorothy attended UCLA and graduated with a teaching degree and spent many years as a teacher. She married Ralph Bernhardt in 1947. For many years, she lived in northern California and southern Oregon.

She had great love for her family and her many friends, and enjoyed a variety of interests. She had a private airplane pilot’s license, raised Appaloosa horses, and was actively involved in charity work. She loved jigsaw puzzles and many were framed and hanging all around her home. She loved gardening and enjoyed her beautiful yard, where she spent a great deal of time with her cat and dogs. Dorothy was an avid golfer and greatly enjoyed fishing.

In her later years, she began to teach line-dancing at both the Ashland and Medford Senior Centers. She was dedicated to teaching others to dance and did so for over 25 years. She could “out-kick” most people (those who cared to try) until she reached ninety.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Robert Bernhardt, Deborah Debret, and Alison Hales; and her five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; her sister, Betty Brown Harris; and her brother, Charles Brown.

A celebration of Dottie’s life will be announced in early spring.