In memory of
Dorothy O. Gloyd, a resident of Fort Bragg and former Auburn Elementary school teacher, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at the assisted living facility where she resided in Dana Point, California. The fourth of eight children, Dorothy was born in 1931 in Oklahoma. Her family soon moved to Denver, Colorado, then settled in Richland, Washington. Dorothy married Edgar Stoner shortly after high school and in 1958, settled in Auburn, California. In 1962, she continued her education at Sacramento State University, where she received her Bachelor's degree and her elementary school teaching credential. In 1967, Dorothy began teaching second grade and later fifth grade at Lincoln Way School in Auburn. In 1974, she married Bob Gloyd, a fellow teacher who also taught at Lincoln Way school. Dorothy and Bob together co-taught two shared fifth grade classes for many years. They also started an annual class fundraiser for a yearly spring marine biology field trip to the Mendocino Coast, camping and teaching students about local and California geography, ecology and marine biology during the trip. After retiring from school teaching in 1995, Dorothy and Bob traveled around California and the western U.S., volunteering as camp hosts and working in visitor centers to continue their love for both the Park system and for nature. They eventually bought a home and settled down in Fort Bragg, not far from where they led their annual field trips while teaching. They continued volunteer work at the Ford House in Mendocino for 20 years, until age and health issues finally forced their retirement. Dorothy is survived by five of her siblings: Elsie, Truman, Margaret, Maxine and Paul; her loving husband of 45 years, Bob; her four children, Alanna Tiehes, Kathy Yamamoto, Steve Stoner and Howard Stoner; her two stepsons, Rob and Tim Gloyd; along with eight grandchildren and eight great-grand-children. A memorial service is pending. Donations may be made to Dorothy and Bob's favorite natural preservation and education organization, the Mendocino Area Parks Association, at www.mendoparks.org , or to the California State Parks Foundation, at www.calparks.org.
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