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Dorothy Dyer
June 1, 1914-Jan. 31, 2006
Palo Alto, California

Dorothy Dyer, 91, a long-time resident of Palo Alto, died Jan. 31, 2006, after a nine-month battle with leukemia. She was surrounded by her family.

She was born June 1, 1914, in Prairie, Idaho, the oldest daughter of Walter and Gertrude Wiley. She spent the first 13 years of her life in Idaho and Utah. In 1927, her family moved to Oakland, Calif. The family moved to East Palo Alto in 1928 when her father obtained a position with the City of Palo Alto Utilities Department. She graduated from Sequoia High School in 1931, where she was active in the drama department. In 1933, she married Aubrey Dyer, a Palo Alto firefighter. They settled in Palo Alto, where they lived for the rest of their lives. They were married for 62 years.

She was active in the Parent-Teacher Association at Chandler Tripp School for Crippled Children from 1949 through 1955 and also served as president for one term. She worked for the Palo Alto Unified School District as an elementary-school secretary for 27 years, serving Garland, Loma Vista (now Juana Briones), Ortega and El Carmelo elementary schools.

After retiring from the district in 1977, she enjoyed traveling with her family and participating in the Adaptive Physical Education program offered by Foothill College on its Cubberley campus. She also enjoyed reading and knitting.

She is survived by her sons, Jon Dyer and Keith Dyer of Palo Alto; and a sister, Marjorie Jones of Grover Beach, Calif.

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