Dorothy Ann Melen passed away from this life on August 30, 2016 in San Pablo, CA. Dorothy was born in Watsonville, CA on June 16, 1930 to her parents Edward and Ann Jordan. She spent her early childhood in Watsonville, CA and later in San Francisco, CA attending school at: Glen Park School; St. John’s Lutheran School; and Mission High School. Her later education included: San Francisco City College; Concordia Lutheran College, Oakland; and Valparaiso University, Indiana. She worked for a time as a Parish Worker in the Bay Area for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. She met her future husband, Ronald Melen in 1953, and they were married April 3, 1954. They had three children: Ronald Ryan, Jeanette Lorraine, and Diana Laura. She enjoyed volunteering for many causes that dealt with food, nutrition, and home care. She was also a member of Santa Rosa Alliance Church and Redwood Gospel Mission. Dorothy’s favorite charities were Doctors Without Borders, www.doctorswithoutborders.org, and Smile Train, www.smiletrain.org. A donation can be sent to one of these.