Dottye was born November 3, 1937 to Duane and Bernadene Bradley in Mitchill, South Dakota. Her parents moved to Portland, Oregon when she was three years old and her brother Don was an infant. She grew up in Salem, Ore., attended grade school, and graduated from South Salem High in 1956.
She left Salem and transferred with the telephone company to San Jose, California. She met and married Russ Nahirny in 1981 after a courtship of two years. She had a beauty salon in San Jose for many years, until she and Russ moved to Ashland in 1989. She continued her cosmetology at Rogue Valley Manor for seven years.
She and Russ enjoyed their retirement years with world travels and cruises, and time spent in the desert. Hobbies included gardening, golf, line dancing, and volunteering at O.L.O.M. Catholic Church with the wonderful friends they made there.
Surviving her are sons, Richard (Marlis) and Brent; stepsons, Russ (Virginia) and David (Chris); brother, Don (Virginia); and grandchildren Sarah, Paige, and Nate.