May 29, 1923 — May 1, 2013
A graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, May 8 for Dorothy Louella Stephenson Pace a former Patterson resident who died Wednesday, May 1 in Turlock. Mrs. Pace, 89, was the last surviving child of the 15 children of Andrew and Jennie Stephenson and was born May 29, 1923 in Henryetta, Okla.
Mrs. Pace grew up in Oklahoma and migrated to California in 1936 to Linnell Camp in Visalia. There she met Seth “Tex” Pace and they we married on the stage of the Fox Theater in Visalia on Sept.12, 1940. They were married during the intermission of the movie “The Man I Married”. The wedding was a promotional for the Visalia Merchants Association and was featured in two books, “Visalia’s Fabulous Fox” by Newell Bringhurstand and “The Dust Bowl” by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan.
After moving several times while Mr. Tex Pace was managing farm labor camps, they settled in Patterson. Mrs. Pace worked at Patterson Frozen Foods while her husband was establishing his insurance business.
Mrs. Pace had a wonderful life according to her family and she was involved in many volunteer activities in Patterson including: the Election Board, Well Baby Clinic, Cub Scout Den Mother, Garden Club, and the Federated Church Choir. She was an artist and fantastic cook, her pies and cookies are legendary! She had a passion for gardening and was a tremendous support for family and friends. Her home was always open.
Mrs. Pace was preceded in death by her 14 siblings and son, Ronald Pace. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Seth “Tex” Pace; two sons, Robert Pace and his wife, Anne, of Paradise and Michael Pace and his wife, Sally, of Woodlake; grandchildren, Julie Pace of San Carlos, Ken Pace and wife, Kim, of Orangevale, Ryan Pace and wife, Reina, of Zurich, Switzerland, Natalie Pace Cady and husband, Craig, of Dalton, GA, Paul Pace of Morgan Hill, Robert Salmoria and wife, Julie, of Magalia, CA. and Lisa Strisower and husband, John, of Chico and 11 great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 at the Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson.
Mrs. Pace was an avid volunteer, so instead of flowers, the family requests that friends and relatives donate to their favorite volunteer organization in Mrs. Pace’s memory.