In memory of
Dorothy Evans Zdenek
Dorothy Evans Zdenek Dorothy Evans Zdenek went to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan 29th, 2017 in Palm Desert, CA, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 31, 1921 at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, the only child of Oren and Connie Evans. She graduated from Fairfax High School before going on to the University of Southern California. After being encouraged to enter the business world by her father, she became a stenotypist and private secretary. She married Robert N. Lytle, with whom she had a son, Robert Oren, and a daughter, Leslie Ann, who was born a few short months after the unexpected death of her husband. After three years of being a widow, she met and married Frank C. Zdenek and they had 48 wonderful years of marriage. Dorothy and Frank moved to Palm Desert in 1980 and were long time residents of the Coachella Valley. They loved taking motorhome trips with friends, traveling the world and spending time with their family and two beloved rescue dogs, Tags and Penny. Dorothy remained a loyal Trojan and was a proud parent of two USC graduates. She was a charter member and past president of the Trojan League Associates of the Desert, in addition to being a past president of the Coachella Valley Alumni Panhellenic. She served on the Board of the Association of Trojan Leagues for several years. Above all, Dorothy was passionate about living a life dedicated to Christ. She took great pride in and was profoundly influenced by the amazing pastors in her family, who helped lay the foundation for her faith. She was a founding member of Bel Air Presbyterian Church, along with her cousin, Louis Evans, Jr. the founding pastor. She was also actively involved with Southwest Community Church. Dorothy loved studying the Bible and, after two years of Lay Teachers Training, she led Bible studies for over 45 years. She dedicated herself to living a life of service and was involved in many different ministries, including serving on the prayer team, being an usher and a greeter and being part of the prayer shawl ministry. She is survived by her two children, Leslie Matthews and Robert Zdenek, her son-in-law Clay Matthews, Jr. and daughter-in-law Anne Hoskins, nine grandchildren: Jennifer, Kyle, Brian, Clay, Casey, Patti, Katherine, Jill and Christopher and 5 great grandchildren. A celebration of Dorothy Zdenek's life will be held at Southwest Community Church on Saturday, February 25th at 11am followed by a luncheon at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to: Forest Home Christian Conference Center: 40000 Valley of the Falls Drive, Forest Falls, CA 92339 ( foresthome.org ) OR Samaritan's Purse: PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 ( samaritanspurse.org ). To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: desertsun.com/obituaries .
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