Dorothy Lucille Hawthorne
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Dorothy Lucille Hawthorne
  • October 23, 1930 - July 3, 2017
  • Escondido, California

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Dorothy Lucille Hawthorne passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday July 3rd, 2017. She was 86 years old. She had a long struggle with congenital heart disease and kidney failure. She couldn't let go of her loving, devoted husband Tom. They celebrated 69 years of marriage this past February. He was her whole life! She was fully devoted to supporting him, loving him, being his best friend and making their home a beautiful park-like sanctuary filled with family, friends and many beloved pets.

Dorothy was born in Los Angeles, California in 1930. She met her darling Tom at the age of 16 while working at a Thrifty Drug Store soda fountain. They married in 1948 and had 6 children, three having predeceased them. She served as a Gray Lady at Balboa Naval Hospital during the Vietnam War, volunteered at Meals on Wheels, and she and Tom most recently helped fun the Hawthorne Veteran and Family Resource Center in Escondido which plays a major role in Interfaith's goal of ending homelessness in North San Diego County.

While raising their children, Dorothy supported Tom in his 50-year career as the Caterpillar tractor Dealer at the Hawthorne Machinery Company. Tom and Dorothy have traveled the world and enjoyed many unique adventures together but none so exhilarating as their many deep sea fishing trips aboard the TOMCAT. Dorothy loved the sun, the sea and catching a big one! She also loved just being at home tending her plants and flowers, surrounded by a bevy of birds, dogs, cats, ducks, chickens and sheep. She adored all creatures, great and small, kittens being her favorite! Home s Escondido and their firm foundation of faith is rooted in the local branch of the Community of Christ church.

Dorothy will be remembered by those who loved her as a quiet. gentle, generous woman who was always there to help others, bring them oranges and help however she could. She had an unusually tender heart and was a true servant. She was kind to absolutely everyone she encountered - from the clerk at the dry cleaners to the dignitaries she met in their travels around the world. Dorothy once made fresh squeezed orange juice for the King of Tonga who was visiting San Diego and their dealership. She was known for her wonderful, delicious oranges and contributed thousands of them to be included in sack lunches distributed by Interfaith Community Services in Escondido.

Dorothy is survived by her loving husband Tom Hawthorne, 3 of their 6 children - Brian Thomas Hawthorne and his wife Suzy Hawthorne, Debbie Hawthorne Ness and her husband Tee Ness, and Christine Hawthorne Perreault and her husband Steve Perreault. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Life service will be held for Dorothy on Friday July 21th at the Church at Rancho Bernardo, 11740 Bernardo Plaza Court, San Diego, at 2:00 pm In lieu of flowers, Dorothy would have loved that donations be made to North County Interfaith Community Services, Outreach International or the San Diego Zoo.