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Dorothy Wardwell Byles

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017

Dorothy Wardwell Byles passed away New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2017. She was 94 years old.

With her youngest son, Torrey, by her side, she passed in the Twin Cities Hospital, Templeton, Calif. She had checked in two days earlier for low appetite and irregular heart rate. The cause of death was determined to be congestive heart failure.

“Dordo” had been living in an assisted-living facility in Paso Robles for 2-1/2 years since a fall in her Atascadero home had disabled her to live alone. She and her husband of 60 years, Douglas, moved to Atascadero in 1988 from Pasadena. Both had grown up in the Pasadena area.

Dordo met Doug at Pasadena City College, married during World War II, and together attended USC studying architecture and design. She obtained an AA degree. Family of three sons, Stuart, Christopher and Torrey, soon followed.

A tireless volunteer and civic activist, she and her husband were very involved in Pasadena-based activities including the Liberal Arts Center, Pasadena Beautiful, The Gamble House, the 1984 Olympics and many other activities. A signal achievement of which she was always proud, was starting the Docent Council for the Gamble House in 1966, when the house became an Arts and Crafts/Greene and Greene architectural museum. She was its second president.

In 1970, Dordo became a Student Activities Coordinator in the Deans Office for Pasadena City College. She was a much loved and appreciated guidance counselor to countless students. When the couple moved to Atascadero, she and Doug continued active involvement in the community, including holding regular weekly discussion group “salons” at their home, designed by Doug, on San Gregorio Road.

Dorothy was active in Meals on Wheels until her disablement. She was an avid member of the Community Church of Atascadero.

She is survived by her three sons. 

Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Community Church of Atascadero at 1 p.m. Donations to the church in lieu of flowers would be appreciated.

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