Dorothy Beatrice Cemo

Porterville Recorder - - RECORD -

Dorothy Cemo, 97, passed away Satur­day night Nov. 3, 2018, only 36 days from her 98" birth­day. She al­ways said she wanted to live to 100.

She was born in Kingston,tenn on Dec 9, 1920, to Arch E and Anna Barnard. She joined her brother James Boyd and sis­ter Juanita. Eleven months later her brother Olaf was wel­comed into the fam­ily. They moved to Calif when she was 3 and set­tled in Lind­say, where they lived sev­eral years un­til mov­ing to Porter­ville. She con­tracted Val­ley Fever as a young teen and spent quite a bit of time in the hos­pi­tal. It took her about a year to re­cover. Miss­ing so much school that year, she was held back and ended up grad­u­at­ing Porter­ville High School with her brother Olaf.

De­ter­mined to make her own clothes she started work­ing odd jobs at a very young age.

One of which was a carhop at the lo­cal drive-in. She mar­ried John F Cemo in 1942, and they had two daugh­ters, Con­nie and Debbi. She worked at War­nack's Drug on Date St, and Wall's Drug on Main St, which had a soda foun­tain/lunch counter, much to her daugh­ters' de­light!

They had the best root­beer floats around! She also worked at Emmy's and Clare Reta's dress shops and en­joyed help­ing ladies pick out that per­fect out­fit. She even­tu­ally went to work for Thomas Raf­ferty Sr, in his Phar­macy/drug store where she en­joyed work­ing as a cos­metic con­sul­tant and clerk. When he re­tired, his son Tom took over the busi­ness and opened 7-0-2 Phar­macy, which mom worked at un­til 1975. She al­ways en­joyed be­ing around peo­ple and wait­ing on all the many cus­tomers she grew to know.

In 1975 after her sep­a­ra­tion, she moved to the ranch they owned in Fish Lake Val­ley (Dyer), NV to live with her dad. After her dad passed, she sold the ranch and moved to Tonopah NV where she got a job at the Miz­pah casino.

This is where she met Arthur (Whitey) Ver­bouwens, whom has been her part­ner and com­pan­ion for the last 39 years. In 2008, due to health con­di­tions and rough win­ter weather, they moved back to Porter­ville.

She was the per­fect op­ti­mist and al­ways had a very pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. She had a great quirky sense of hu­mor that stayed with her un­til she passed. She was very out spo­ken and not afraid to tell any­one they were wrong. She also loved her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren greatly and en­joyed hav­ing them around and giv­ing them, what she called "old lady ad­vice". She en­joyed read­ing, trav­el­ing, go­ing to the casi­nos, and cook­ing. She had the unique ta­lent to taste a dish and fig­ure out what in­gre­di­ents went into it, then go home and recre­ate it. She also loved to bake, mainly cook­ies, cakes and pies. She def­i­nitely had a green thumb and had a beau­ti­ful gar­den that dis­played many dif­fer­ent flow­ers and veg­eta­bles, which she would share with ev­ery­one. In Ne­vada, when the school kids walked home they would stop and ad­mire her beau­ti­ful flow­ers, which she thor­oughly en­joyed lis­ten­ing to them, some­times shar­ing her flow­ers with them.

Dorothy was pre­ceded in death by her daugh­ter Con­nie Foster, grand­son John Foster, great grand­daugh­ter Court­ney Foster, brother Boyd Barnard and sis­ter Juanita Scott.

Dorothy is sur­vived by her daugh­ter Debbi Hol­wor­thy (Craig), her com­mon-law part­ner Arthur "Whitey" Ver­bouwens, and brother Olaf Barnard. Her grand­chil­dren: Stacy Mor­ri­son (Steve), Vicki Em­er­ick, and Dil­lon Hol­wor­thy. Great-grand­chil­dren: Heather Long­man (Dar­ren), Taryn and Chelsea Mor­ri­son, Johna, Alex and Kenny Em­er­ick, Whit­ney Garcia (Johnny) and Hai­ley Foster. She has 3 great-great grand­chil­dren: Johnny, Xy­ona and Ama­bel. And many nieces and neph­ews.

The fam­ily would like to ex­tend very spe­cial thanks to the care­givers that have cared for her in the last sev­eral years. In-home care­givers; Janet, Melissa, Lasey, Stephany and Donna. At Bella Home; Eva, Vickie, Griselda, Teresa, and Joanna. Those from Hospice; Lau­rie, Do­minic and Christina.

Visi­ta­tion will be Mon­day, Nov 12, from 3:00 7:00pm at My­ers Funeral Home. The ser­vices will be held at My­ers Funeral Chapel on Tues­day, Nov 13, at 11:00am.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made to Val­ley Chil­dren's Health­care, 9300 Val­ley Chil­dren's Place PC17, Madera, CA93636-8762 or val­l­ey­chil­dren'

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