Feb. 8, 1931 — April 10, 2012
Dorothy Joyce Bailey was born on February 8, 1931, in Stanton, Texas, to Wesley and Clara Bailey. Her family immigrated to California when she was very young, and she grew up in Modesto, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. She married George Morris in 1948. Because Dot was always drawing, George encouraged her to take art classes, which began a lifelong love for Dorothy. Over the course of the next 40 years, she studied watercolor, oil, pastels, sculpting, stained glass and other forms of art. They spent several years living on the Monterey Peninsula, where she was able to have several oil paintings shown in local galleries, winning awards for her work.
The family relocated in 1974 to Patterson, when George was able to purchase the Ford dealership, renaming it Morris Ford Mercury. Dorothy continued with her art and charity work. She loved that while there the family was able to hostess Marjun Restorff, exchange student from the Faroe Islands. Dorothy was widowed when George died in 1986.
Even during her waning years struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease, Dorothy’s creative nature was apparent. She loved to sing, and remembered words to many hymns even after so many other memories faded. She loved to sit in her room and just look at her paintings-they were like old friends.
Dorothy spent her final years at Avamere Memory Care facility in Sherwood, Oregon, where she was truly loved by a devoted staff. She passed away on April 10, 2012, the 64th anniversary of her marriage. Her love of family and friends, enthusiasm, energy and sense of family responsibility was a constant blessing to those who knew her.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Whereabouts of her son, Scott, are unknown.
A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held on Saturday, May 5. at 12 noon at The Fruit Yard in Modesto. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Morris’ name may be sent to the Benson Heights Baptist Church in Benson, Arizona, or to the Alzheimer's Association.