A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 446 Kentucky Street in Gridley, Friday, March 29 at 11 a.m., for Dorothy C. Moffitt, 92, of Biggs.
Dorothy was born March 9, 1921, in Sacramento, California, the first of three children, to Arthur and Thelma Bryan. She died peacefully on March 20, 2013 at Oroville Hospital, in Oroville, California.
She grew up as a farmer's daughter in Mills, approximately 15 miles west of Sacramento. Attending a small country school, at the age of 14, she drove herself and neighbor children to high school, attending Sacramento High School, where she graduated. After attending Sacramento City College, she became employed by Penny's Department Store in graphic arts design and advertising.
Dorothy and Warren Moffitt were married October 19, 1942, and moved to Modesto where their first son, Stephen Arthur, was born. Warren, Dorothy and Stephen moved to Biggs, California in 1948 and began farming with her parents Art and Thelma Bryan and Dorothy's brother, James Bryan.
Initially raising beans and alfalfa on their ground, they established walnut orchards and remained active walnut growers until 1982 when they retired and the farming was continued by their sons, Stephen and Clint.
Dorothy was active in the Gridley area in the Junior Women Organization, making lifelong and valued friendships with many of the ladies in the group. She and Warren also participated in The Lariats, a square dance club.
They were very involved in the Butte County Cattlemen's and Cattlewomen's Associations, attending many state and national conventions. Dorothy served as President of the Butte County CattleWomen's Association in 1983-84 and was named Butte County CowBelle of the Year in 1982. Other activities that Dorothy enjoyed were the Garden Club, her knitting group and the “Do Nothing Club.” She attended the Presbyterian Church in Gridley. Warren and Dorothy were avid supporters of the 4-H and FFA programs, especially enjoying their grandchildren's participation in local fairs and at school sporting events.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Phyllis Perrin, of Sacramento, her brother James Bryan, of Gridley and her beloved husband Warren Moffitt.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Stephen Moffitt, daughter-in-law, Teresa and their four children, Todd (Katie), Hillary, Derek (Sandi) and Leslie (Oskar) and son Clinton Moffitt, daughter-in-law Gail and their son Blain (Jenna). Dorothy enjoyed eight great-grandchildren, Cody and Ryan Moffitt, Halle Moffitt, Case and Paige Moffitt and Mateo, Elena and Adrian Eichler.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Sherry McKenzie, Dorothy's caregiver. With Sherry's loving assistance, Dorothy was able to remain in the home that she had lived in for 65 years, spending her last years enjoying family and friends.