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Dorothy Corrine (Hoisington Randel) Gravatt
(February 17, 1919 - February 10, 2013)

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Dorothy Corrine (Hoisington Randel) Gravatt

Dorothy Corrine (Hoisington Randel) Gravatt passed away February 10, 2013, one week before her 94th birthday. Preceded in death by husband Jack (John) Randel in 1955, husband John Gravatt in 1989, daughter Jill Randel Gravatt in 2008, and sisters Mary Hoisington Newman in 1989, and Evelyn Hoisington Spurgeon in 2005. Survived by grandchildren Randy (Mary) Isdahl and Janine Isdahl (Brad) Biancalana. Loving great-grandmother of Spenser and Danika Isdahl, Erik Engle, and Joseph and Jennifer Biancalana. Dorothy was born on February 17, 1919 to Faye Blakey Hoisington and Luther Hoisington in Kansas City, Missouri. She was raised largely by her grandparents, Anna Matt (Milton) and Elijah Hoisington. Married Jack Randel in 1937. Their daughter Jill Ann was born in 1940, and they moved to San Francisco in 1941. They settled in San Bruno where she tended her beautiful garden, cared for her family, and held a part time job. After her husband, Jack, died in 1955, she worked full-time and raised her daughter who was only 15 years old. In 1958 Dorothy married John Gravatt, and in 1961 moved to Fremont, where she was an active mental health advocate, dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She retired from at ETS-Hokin and Galvin in 1964, after her daughter was diagnosed with a mental illness. She was again widowed when John passed in 1989. Dorothy moved to Atria Tamalpais Creek (Novato) in 2007 to be closer to her granddaughter. After a brief illness in 2012, Dorothy moved to Petaluma Post Acute Rehab. The family is grateful to the staff at Atria Tamalpais Creek, Petaluma Post Acute Rehab, and Hospice of Petaluma for their loving care of Dorothy and support to her family. A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, March 16, at First United Methodist Church in Fremont. Private interment will be held at sea. Donations may be sent to Hospice of Petaluma, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, or your local Animal Shelter. Dorothy wanted to pass on the following to her friends, "I love you all, and think of you often." Even at the end she had the wellbeing of others in mind. We love you Grandma!


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