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Dorothy Ketcham

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 Dorothy June Ketcham passed away May 20, 2019, in Central Point, Ore.

Dorothy was the third of four daughters born in Kingfisher to Sam and June Pursell on Dec. 27, 1925.  

She graduated from Kingfisher High School in 1942 and worked a year to save enough money to attend Phillips University for two years in Enid.  

She moved to California where she worked at the Central Christian Church in Glendale.

She met and fell in love with the pastor’s son, Russell Leroy Ketcham. They were married in September 1947.

Dorothy and Russell worked at the See-Are Kennels for two years and owned and operated Mar-beth Kennels in Sun Valley until 1966. They then opened Ketcham’s Korner, an antique store in Glendale.

Dorothy began working at Hollywood-Beverly Christian Church in 1972, where she later became the associate pastor.

She retired in 1991 and moved to Yreka.

Dorothy was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She loved teaching Sunday School, giving readings for various church functions, leading Bible studies and eventually substituted preaching at churches in Scott Valley and vicinity.  

Dorothy loved music, playing the piano and singing in the choir at the various churches she attended over the years. She loved traveling, genealogy, jewelry making, singing little songs or reciting poems (usually made up) for every occasion.

She loved her family and enjoyed all the family get-togethers.

Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Lynette Maynard (Brad) and Carol Miettinen (Chris); five grandchildren, Sheri Maynard, David Downey (Kim), Kevin Maynard, Trevor Downey (Toni Lynn) and Jesse Downey (Krissi); and nine great-grandchildren, Jacob Maynard, Trevor Downey, Nicole Downey, Katurah Maynard, Cayden Downey, Samantha Downey, Molly Downey, Courtney Maynard, Nathanael, Carmela and Cruz Downey, and her youngest sister, Wanda Dutch of Temple City.  

Dorothy was pre-deceased by her parents and two older sisters, Maxine Dutton and Evelyn Payne Boecher.    

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Fort Jones Community Church in Fort Jones.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Madrone Hospice, 255 Collier Circle, Yreka, CA 96097 or to Fort Jones Community Church, 13007 N. Highway 3, Fort Jones, CA 96032.

Online condolences may be made at Funeral Chapel in Yreka are assisting the family.