Dorothy “Dot” Andersen passed away on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at the age of 93 in Fortuna.

She was born on Oct. 11, 1928, in North Bend, Oregon, to Thomas Jefferson La Casse and Rena Belle Owings La Casse, at Kaiser Hospital. They moved to Central Point, Oregon, when Dorothy was two years old. Grandma Annie Belle Milton Owings moved in with them after her divorce from Grandpa George Preston Owings. Grandma Owings bought a service station on Main Street in Central Point next to Faber’s Market & Dry Goods Store, where Dorothy began working when she was 17 years old.

Dorothy met her first husband, Charles “Hoppy” Hopkins, and married him while he was visiting and working from Baxter Springs, Kansas. They were married for 10 years and had two daughters, Cheryl Lynn and Teresa Kay.

After her divorce, Dorothy married George D. Hill, and together they had one daughter, Tammie Rae. Dorothy followed George and relocated her girls to Rio Dell from Medford, Oregon. George worked for the Pacific Lumber Company and they co-owned the Shamrock Club in Rio Dell. They later divorced and Dorothy met and married her late husband, Herb Andersen, while working at CC Market for Bob and Grace Close. After their re-tirement, Dorothy continued working at CC market for Wally and Sandra Close where they became like family and she eventually worked for 27 years until she retired.

Dorothy and Herb were married for 40 years, until he passed in June of 2010. Over the years together, they loved to travel to Oregon to see her family and vacation at the property they purchased together in Modoc County. The home in Modoc was a favorite in summers and during hunting season.

Dorothy had many interests, including her love for her roses and gladiolas, and watching tv whenever one of her two favorite teams were on, the San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. She had a collection of both teams baseball and football cards that she handed down to family. She also loved to crochet, read her bible and novels, write in her journal, or work through a word puzzle from her favorite chair. In her younger years, she loved to bowl and she was a very good bowler, with many friends she met at bowling tournaments from Oregon to California.

A few of her other favorites over the years were visiting the Humboldt County Fair and horse races, going to lunch with her friend Bonnie or a quick trip to the casino.

As the years went on, Dorothy found great friendship and comfort as a member of the Rio Dell Missionary Baptist Church. Her favorite bible verse was Psalm 23.

Dorothy is survived by her three daughters: Cheryl Lynn Land (Ken) of Fortuna, California, Teresa Kay Low (Travis) of Fortuna, California, and Tammie Rae Sarvinski (Greg) of Goodyear, Arizona; 8 grandchildren: Mi-chael Meier of Redding, California, Kenneth Land (Tiffany) of Fortuna, California, Krystal Zimmerman (Dan) of Eureka, California, Lance Tate (Lisa) of Medford, Oregon, Preston Tate of Medford, Oregon, Jesse Sarvinski (Shawn) of Buckeye, Arizona, Jenna Bigham (Mathew) of Buckeye, Arizona, and Joshua Sarvinski of Los Angeles, California; and 7 great grandchildren (Korbin, Konnor, Ashlynn, Braeden, Austin, William, Aleena and Abbigale).

Private graveside services will be held at Woodville Cemetery in Rogue River, Oregon, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date this summer.

We would like to thank our mother’s caregivers at First Choice Care home in Fortuna, California, where she received so much love and personal care for the last two years. The ladies became her friends and they loved her. We would also like to thank the Chaplain and team from Hospice of Humboldt for their care and compassion through this difficult time.

To our mother’s neighbors in Rio Dell, Darrell and Connie Ridenour, we cannot thank you enough for your time and care as you checked on our mom over the years. We are so thankful she had such caring people around her.

Rest in peace mom. We love you.

Prayer for my mom, by Ron Tranmer

Dear God,

I gratefully thank you for giving me my mom,
You must really love me,
‘Cause you gave the best you had.

Watch over her and bless her lord,
 And keep her in your care,
And may she feel my love for her,
Is my humble, heartfelt prayer.


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