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Doris Vallon Wheeler



April 26, 1926 – November 2, 2012

Surrounded by her family, Dori passed away peacefully on November 2, 2012 at the age of 86. Cherished sister of the late William Hartley, survived by her loving sister-in-law, Mary Hartley, and was loving aunt to Laura Gschwind and Scott Hartley, and cherished great- aunt to Matthew and Will Gschwind and Ariella and Elana Hartley.

Dori will be remembered for her fun loving and passionate spirit. She believed and worked strongly in support of world peace, equality, tolerance and the good for all humanity.

Dori was an active member for any community for which she was a member. Some of her accomplishments and contributions included traveling with the Methodist Missionaries to Japan where she lived for three years to help with the rebuilding efforts post-World War II. In the 1960’s she was actively involved in the process of integration of the San Mateo schools. Throughout her life she traveled the world teaching and sharing ideals with fellow Esperantists.

After teaching middle school in San Mateo for 30 years, she and her husband, Roli, retired to Goldendale, Wa. In Goldendale they built their dream home in Ponderosa Park, an “intentional community” based on self-reliant life-style. While in Goldendale she proudly established and fostered the first Earth Day for the region.

Dori will most be remembered for her love of laughter and enjoying all life had to offer.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a date and place to be announced later. If anyone wishes to make donations in her memory, they can be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church, 300 East Santa Inez Ave, Santa Mateo, CA.


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