Dora Rawles

Dora Virginia Rawles

1921 - 2019

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Dora Virginia Rawles

October 24,1921 – July 9, 2019

Dora Virginia Rawles passed away peacefully on July 9, 2019, with her family at her bedside.  Dora  was 97 years old and was a beloved mother of two children; grandmother of 5; great grandmother of 9;  and great-great grandmother of 2; and  a friend to many.

Dora was preceded in death by her  “forever sweetheart” and husband of 64 years,  Gene Rawles.  Dora was a resident of Santa Rosa and was born in Piercy, California  to Pioneer Parents.  She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Piercy, CA; and was taught by Mrs. Lilley (Mignon “Minnie” Stoddard Lilley Memorial Bridge).    She  graduated from Leggett Valley High School in 1939.  Dora and Gene were high school sweethearts at Leggett Valley High School and both played in the high school Band.     Gene was class president and Dora was class  secretary.  

They were married in Reno   on March 19, 1941, by Reverend Brewster, a Baptist Minister,  and drove through a snow storm on their way back home.     They resided at   Red Mountain Creek   for 3 years, before Gene was drafted into the Army and served in Germany during WWII.   They moved to Santa Rosa after the war was over in 1946.  They fell in love with Santa Rosa after visiting Luther Burbank Gardens when Gene was on leave.  

Dora was musically talented and played the Piano by ear; the  Accordian; and the Tenor  Saxophone.   She loved singing  Big Band songs and had a beautiful Alto voice.    Her favorite Big Band was Lawrence Welk, and she always looked forward to watching the Lawrence Welk show on Saturday nights.  

Dora spoke at the  Ribbon Cutting & Dedication Ceremony of The Elizabeth Jane Rosewarne Memorial Bridge,  named after her grandmother,  Elizabeth Jane Rosewarne,  in  June of  2009. 

Dora enjoyed being a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 21, in Santa Rosa,  and  loved making snow cones at the Outdoor Flea Markets and attending the Bingo Potlucks once a month.

Dora also enjoyed being a Red Hat Lady and attended their monthly lunches and outings with her dear friend, Maxine Anderson. 

The precious memories and love she gave will forever be cherished in our hearts. 

Friends and family are invited to attend a service on Tuesday, July 16,  2:00 p.m., at Eggen & Lance Mortuary,   1540 Mendocino Ave., in Santa Rosa.   Graveside service to follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park.

The family has requested that remembrance donations be made to Sutter Hospice in lieu of flowers; or the American Legion Auxilliary, Post 21.  

There will be a private Graveside service for family to follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Thank you for thinking of our family during this difficult time. Your thoughts are sincerely appreciated.


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