Obituary Notices and Memorials


BOLT, Dorothy
BOLT, Dorothy Was born July 14, 1913, in the San Gabriel Valley and passed away December 23, 2012, in her home in Quartz Hill. She married John Schaeffer in 1936, and they moved to the Antelope Valley and purchased land at 90th St. East. Dorothy became a member of the Lancaster Junior Womans Club in 1948, and 'Jumped Up' to the Lancaster Womans Club in 1949.She was president of the club in 1953-54 and 1963-64, and has been a faithful member until her death.In 1955, she married William Bolt and they built their home in Quartz Hill. In 1971, Dorothy became the head of the Wildflower Preservation Committee (later Foundation) and served as the President until her passing. This foundation was an ad hoc committee that was formed by the Lancaster Womans Club to purchase 125 of Jane Pinheiro Paintings and raise the funds to purchase the land for the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. She participated on the day of the groundbreaking of the Reserve, the dedication of the Visitor Center and was a working volunteer with the Poppy Reserve Mojave Desert Interpretive Association (PR/MDIA) since its inception. She was a volunteer coordinator at Mira Loma Hospital (presently High Desert Hospital), was the Christmas seals chairwoman for the Los Angeles County Lung Association and was involved with the Palmdale Parliamentary Law Club. She served as president of the Lancaster Friends of the Library, volunteered for the Valley Oasis Amigas, was a member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Energy Education Environment Committee. She helped the Desert Health System to give scholarships to nurses, worked with the ROP at Palmdale High School so students could volunteer at doctors offices or hospitals. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and was an active member all her life. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her community service. Dorothy was a volunteer at the Antelope Valley Fair and received the fairs Blue Ribbon Award in 1973, and a lifetime pass in 2008. In 1986, she was honored by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce with the Unsung Hero award. In 1993, she was honored for her 20 years volunteer service, devoted to the protection of the California Poppies with the Superior Achievement Award, the highest honor the Department of Parks and Recreation bestows on civilians. In 1997, she received the Volunteer of the Year award for her work with the High Desert Hospital Auxiliary. In 2008, the Antelope Valley College presented her with its Community Service Award. In 2009, she received the PR/MDIA Jane S. Pinheiro award. Dorothy stated she still believed in the motto she learned in 1949, from the Junior Womans Club which states, 'Accomplish something each day, not merely to exist.' She is survived by three nephews and one niece. In lieu of flowers consider memorial donations to: the Wildflower Preservation Foundation, P. O. Box 379, Lancaster, CA 93584. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 29, 2012, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lancaster.

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