On Friday, October 23 rd 2020, Dorothy Barboza, loving mother of 2 children and 4 grandchildren, passed away quietly in her home of 63 years at the age of 101.
Dorothy was born on October 18 th , 1919 in Dover, New Hampshire to Elsie and John Fuller. At age 16,Dorothy attended the University of Washington where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and a 5 year teaching credential. During World War II, she worked in the Engineering Department for Boeing Aircraft. Dorothy then taught high school home economics, and moved to Napa in 1954 where she worked as home advisor for Napa County through the University of California, Berkeley. In 1955, she married Benito Barboza and retired to raise her son and daughter and help run the family vineyard.
For many years Dorothy was actively involved in many aspects of the Napa community, including various youth groups, Community Projects, Friends of the Library, Napa Valley Wine Auction and the Napa Valley Grape Growers. She was elected 4 times to the Board of Education, and served on the Grand Jury, where she was on the committee that was responsible for giving a much needed upgrade to the room where citizens wait when called for jury duty.
Dorothy and Benito finally retired at the age of 75. They walked 3 miles a day, rain or shine, and spent many years small-ship cruising. Whether riding a motorcycle for the first time in her 80’s, or celebrating her 50 th wedding anniversary on top of a glacier in Alaska, Dorothy always loved a bit of adventure.
Dorothy passed in the house she and her husband designed when they first married. She is survived by children Rich and Dria, her grandchildren, and several nieces nephews, and cousins.
Dorothy always loved a party, but the family has decided to forego a public service due to the current health crisis. Memorial contributions may be made to Continuum Hospice and Palliative Care (continuumhospice.com). Memories may be shared with the family online at tulocaycemetary.org
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