“Dottie” of Roseburg, Oregon passed away on March 10, 2014 at the age of 92. She was born in Southwest City, Missouri on April 14, 1921 to Arthur Bickford and Eola Myrtle (Covey) Bickford. She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and attended Catholic School, after which she enlisted in the Army during World War II. She was stationed for two years overseas in Cairo, Egypt, and also spent time in Italy and stateside. After the war was over, Dorothy settled in Southern California, got married, and raised a family. Dorothy was passionate about travel, and after her husband’s death in 1979, she began traveling to all parts of the world. Some of her fondest travel memories include sailing on a research ship to Antarctica, seeing the Great Wall of China, taking cruises in Europe, and going on safari in Africa. Dottie was especially fond of telling the story of monkeys in Kenya stealing cold medicine from her suitcase. A similar incident followed when mischievous orangutans tried to carry off her purse in Borneo. Dottie still had some tenacity in her later years when she successfully fought off a thief attempting to rob her at an ATM. Dorothy is survived by: daughters: Kathleen Standridge of Montclair, California; Mary Starns and husband Bill of Roseburg, Oregon; step-daughter Marlene Lee and husband Bobby of Gardena, California; grandchildren: Myles and Amber Standridge of Montclair California; Adam Standridge of Chandler Arizona; Samantha and Jennifer Starns of Roseburg, Oregon; step grandchildren: Lori Lee of Honolulu, Hawaii; and Beth Lee of Gardena, California. She is buried at the Roseburg National Cemetery on the V.A. grounds where a memorial service will be held in her honor on April 7, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Dorothy J. King
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