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Decatur ~ Dolores Ann Weatherbie, 85, went to be with our Lord Monday, August 30, 2021.
Lori (Dolores) Weatherbie, nee Marchand was born in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up in La Canada, riding horses in those hills, growing avocados and raising chickens during WWII while her dad was working the pipelines in Alaska made for a very strong lady.
The beginning or their life together started as Lori and Mike met while attending 11th grade at Pasadena City College in the Marching Band. This was an era where PCC took on the Jr and Sr years of High School. They dated their senior year and married soon after graduation. They moved to Arcadia and started a family while she was working for Hamm’s brewery.
Though Mike preceded Lori into heaven, they discovered their love for the desert together while homesteading property in Yucca Valley. This love and Mike’s start in LACoFD allowed them to move to the Antelope Valley. They started in Palmdale where she gained employment at PacBell then moved into a secretarial job at Manzanita Elementary School. Now they found the view of Juniper Hills was calling.
Raising their two girls in this rural area allowed Lori to flourish in leading the 4-H group for more than 15 years. When her husband took the lead in the Community Association, Lori was right there with him taking on the office of Secretary. When he took on the Presidency of the Town Council, she became President of the Community Association.
One of the high points for Mike and Lori in the community was starting an Annual Wine Tasting. Bringing wines in from all over California brought many outsiders to this event, selling out year after year. Even without that event, their love of wine moved them to create their own cellar of a few hundred bottles.
Another of their favorite gatherings was the whole family at Christmas. This includes all those she left behind; daughter Deni (Denise) Halterman, her husband Roger, their children Shannon and Sam and Shannon’s son Eli. Also, daughter Teri (Terese) Houser, her husband Bob. Teri’s son Michael Schoelen with his wife Crystal and their two children Landon and Sharlay. They will all miss GG’ma.
While she was moving up in the Community, she was also moving the school district into the 20th century with computers. She took classes to expand her knowledge of personal computing which allowed her to understand which computers and software would be good investments for the district. The 22 years as secretary plus that education prepared her for an advancement to the Director of Data Processing of Palmdale School District. It was from that position that she happily retired in 1999. Since she was well versed in the software, Aeries Software (then Eagle Software) brought her in as a consultant to teach, create Demo Data and start some basic documentation. This kept her busy and out of trouble when she and her husband were not travelling the United States.
Since she had moved the Juniper Hills Community forward so well, she thought she could move to a new Community in Texas to do the same. Unfortunately, time ran out. It was still a life well lived.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Weatherbie.
Those left behind to cherish her memory are her 2 daughters, Denise Halterman and husband Roger of Greenwood, Texas, and Terese Weatherbie-Houser and husband Robert of Quartz Hill, California; 3 grandchildren, Shannon, Michael, and Samual; 3 great-grandchildren, Landon, Eli, and Sharlay; her brother, Alan Marchand of La Paz, Mexico; extended family members, and a host of friends.
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