Dorothy Seely (born Robertson)


Gender: Female

Date of Birth: 1920

Date of Death: May 27, 2013

Birth Place: Dubois, ID

Death Place: Redwood City, CA

Dorothy Seely

At the age of 93, passed away peacefully on May 27th in Redwood City, her home for 64 years. Born in 1920, prematurely, in a blizzard on a farm in Dubois, Idaho, warmed in a shoebox by the woodstove, her survival is an example of the determination and strength she showed all her life. Moved with her parents, Blanche Mary (Miller) and Earl Thomas Robertson, both from Washington, and sibs to Manhattan Beach, CA. Married in San Francisco to her husband of 61 years, Robert Everett Seely, now deceased, a pharmacist in their Fuller Pharmacy at 20th and Irving in the Sunset.

After years of being an amazingly active and involved stay-at-home mom for her daughters, Dorothy worked as a supervisor at Lenkurt Electric Company until retiring in 1980 to travel and enjoy life with Rob and their many friends. Dorothy was also kept busy by the active lives of her loving grandchildren for whom she always made time. After Rob’s passing in 2000, Dorothy became very active as a volunteer and member of the Redwood City Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center, which she continued until three months before her death. She always had a smile and welcoming, caring words for everyone. The phrase we hear most often from her friends and family is, “She was a lovely lady.” She will be missed so very much and lovingly remembered always.

Survived by her last remaining sibling, her beloved sister, Thelma I. Olson of Wilmington, CA; her daughters Judith Seely Kirk and Barbara M. Slough, and her beloved and caring son-in-law, John Kirk. “Grandma Dot” is also survived by her adored grandchildren, Wilford Robert Seely-Kirk, Kate Barbara Seely-Kirk, Andrew E. Slough II, and Robert Everett Slough

If desired, donations in Dorothy’s memory may sent to the Redwood City Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City, CA, 94061. Her family is so grateful for the many messages of condolence, and of praise for Dorothy’s warm caring for everyone.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 4, 2013