Lola Belle Dorsey

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUTES -

June 18, 1939 - Septem­ber 5, 2018

Lola Belle Dorsey left this world, sur­rounded by her im­me­di­ate fam­ily, on Septem­ber 5, 2018, in the af­ter­math of a stroke. She died peace­fully, fol­low­ing a life of car­ing for and giv­ing to oth­ers; hers was a legacy of ac­com­plish­ment, en­ergy, and love.

Lola Belle, the daugh­ter of Lola Mae Young and Guy Young II, was born in ru­ral Arkansas in 1939. Her child­hood was spent largely in Rich­mond, Cal­i­for­nia, where her fam­ily moved soon af­ter her birth. Her adult life re­volved around her long­time home in Milpitas, Cal­i­for­nia.

She is sur­vived by son Paul Dorsey of San Fran­cisco (Sa­man­tha) and grand­daugh­ter Ella DorseyWeld, sib­lings Guy Young III, Juanita Whet­stone, and Wil­lie Young, her for­mer hus­band, John Dorsey, as well as many cousins, nieces, and neph­ews. She was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents.

Lola Belle’s pro­fes­sional life was one of ac­com­plish­ment. She held a B.S. and an M.S. in Nurs­ing from San Jose State. She was a long-time school nurse, pri­mar­ily in the Milpitas Uni­fied School District, and took par­tic­u­lar joy in work­ing with stu­dents with spe­cial needs. Ac­tive in the Na­tional Black Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion, she was also the res­i­dent nurse for many years at a sum­mer camp for stu­dents with di­a­betes. In her later years, she was the main care­taker for her mother, who lived well into her nineties.

Lola Belle at­tacked life with en­ergy. A com­pet­i­tive ath­lete in her youth, she ex­celled at both soft­ball and bowl­ing, and bowled reg­u­larly into her sev­en­ties. She was a peri­patetic and joy­ous trav­eler, not only in the U.S., but in South Amer­ica and Africa.

Her en­er­gies were dis­played in her many metic­u­lous crafts, from sewing, to quilt­ing, to cro­chet­ing, to beau­ti­ful cal­lig­ra­phy. She was a woman of many ta­lents.

Lola Belle was, fi­nally, a woman of love. She em­braced her fam­ily and friends, her church com­mu­nity, her work, and the world with love, ac­cep­tance, and joy. She was gen­er­ous of spirit and a spark of light to all who knew her.

A cel­e­bra­tion of her life will be held on Satur­day, Septem­ber 22 at from 1-5 PM at the Gala Event Hall at 37270 Niles Blvd, Fre­mont, CA.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily sug­gests that do­na­tions may be made in Lola Belle Dorsey’s mem­ory to the Na­tional Black Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion, 8630 Fen­ton Street, #910, Sil­ver Spring, MD 20910.

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