Dorothy Jeanette Mahoney

January 16, 1916 ~ May 16, 2022 (age 106)


     Dorothy Jeanette Miller was born on January 16, 1916 in Evanston, IL to Bruce Milton Miller and Frederika “Frieda” Brierly Miller.  Dorothy was the second of five girls - Florence, Dorothy, Esther, Elsie, and Frieda.  Of the five girls, three succumbed to Huntington’s disease.  Dorothy also had a half-sister, Liale, and a half-brother, Roy, from her mother’s second marriage to George Wolford.  

     In 1922, when Dorothy was six years old, the family moved to Culver, Indiana to be closer to Bruce’s family and the Culver Military Academy, which provided service jobs for African Americans.  Dorothy’s grandmother, Florence, (Bruce’s mother) and her Aunt Elsie played significant roles in raising the Miller girls after her mother remarried.    

     Dorothy was mainly educated in the Culver school system but moved to Chicago to live with family friends, where she graduated from Englewood High School.  After graduation, Dorothy attended Howard University where she majored in physical education. 

When Dorothy was twenty, she moved to Montclair, New Jersey to live with her Aunt Virginia, (Bruce’s sister).  She supported herself by working various jobs.  

     When she was twenty-four, she married Carl Mahoney,  a successful businessman.  They settled in Montclair and began a family with the birth of their first son, William, in 1941, and their second son, Robert, in 1944. Dorothy was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker.  Out of necessity, Dorothy joined the workforce in 1955.  She served the Montclair community as a practical nurse, working nights at a Catholic hospital in a career that spanned nearly three decades.  Her husband passed away in 1977, and she retired in 1981.

     In 1985 Dorothy moved from Montclair, where she had lived for many years, to Alameda, California to be closer to Robert and his family in California.  

     In 1991, Dorothy moved to Danville to live with Robert, his wife, Valerie, grandchildren, Adam and Laura, and Valerie’s mother, Blanche Hardy. Dorothy died at home on May 16, 2022 surrounded by loving family and dedicated caretakers.

In Lieu of flowers, family asks to make donations toward Huntington's Disease Society of America, 505 Eight Avenue, Suite 902, New York, N. Y. 10018

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Celebration of Life
June 3, 2022

11:00 AM
Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley
825 Hartz Way
Danville, CA 94526

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