On August 12, 2019, Dorothy Ann Stanley died peacefully in her home, surrounded by family. She celebrated her 88th birthday on June 17. A second-generation Californian, Dorothy Ann was the second daughter born in Los Angeles to Rudy and Florence Guenther. She was raised in Beverly Hills and spent most summers at Balboa Beach or at the family’s Riverside County resort, Guenther’s Murrieta Hot Springs, where she met her future husband, Stan Heydenfeldt. After graduating from Marlborough High School, she attended the University of Arizona. She and Stan were married in 1950 and moved to Carmel when Stan was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Old in Monterey. Their daughters, Patricia Ann and Pamela Lynn were both born in Fort Ord’s Army Hospital.
After leaving the service, Dorothy Ann and Stan moved to Southern California. They raised their family in Malibu, where Dorothy Ann enjoyed gardening, flower arranging and membership in the Lady Bug Garden Club. Once the girls graduated from high school, Stan and Dorothy Ann relocated to Round Hill, Nevada. After divorce, Dorothy Ann returned to the Monterey Peninsula. She spent her last 33 years in the place she loved best and where the most cherished memories of her life occurred.
Dorothy Ann is remembered by many as a fun loving “classy lady.” She had a great sense of humor and was a “foodie” before it was a popular term. She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially ice skating, tennis, the Olympic Games and her beloved USC Trojan Football Team. She loved traveling and spending time with her family.
Dorothy Ann was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Murrieta. She is deeply missed by her family and friends and is survived be her two children, Patricia Reilly and Pamela McKay, four grandchildren, Michael Reilly (Robert), Brendan Reilly, Philip McKay (Monica), and Briar and Great-grandson William McKay. She will be laid to rest in a private graveside ceremony at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to Donna Nico from Peggy’s Home Care, to caregivers Naomi, Vanessa and Areli and to all who gave superb care and attention to our mother/grandmother.
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