November 9, 1933 – April 29, 2013
Dorothy Mallonee, 79, passed away at home on April 29, 2013, in the arms of her loving and devoted husband Ray. Her family was also at her side for her peaceful passing.
Dorothy was a native of Los Banos. She attended local schools and graduated Los Banos High in 1952. After high school, Dorothy worked as a switchboard operator for the telephone company for several years. In 1955, she married her high school sweetheart, Ray Mallonee. They just celebrated their 58th Wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 28.
After the telephone company closed, Dorothy worked as a sales clerk at Mr. H, and then finally worked as a secretary at Ray’s insurance company until her retirement.
Dorothy was one of the most devoted mothers, she had two sons Raymond and Don. She participated in all of their events as their Biggest Fan and Cheerleader. And it didn’t stop with her sons, she was always there to support her grandchildren as well.
Dorothy belonged to many clubs and organizations, she was an active parishioner at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She was an Eucaristic Minister, a member of the Altar Society, Bereavement Committee, and also visited the homebound parishioners of the community and would visit and take communion to their homes. She belonged to the YLI, LUSO, SPRSI, ICF, Native Daughters, and Madonna del Carmine.
Dorothy also belonged to the Los Banos High School Booster Club and Golden Agers.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Julia Ferreira: her sister Madeline Scanlon; and her brothers Joe and Frank Ferreira. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years Ray Mallonee of San Carlos, and Don and Lucy Mallonee of Los Banos; Sisters: Mary Lorea of Los Banos, Adeline Dutra of Eureka, and Beverly Sousa of Los Banos; Grandchildren: Cody, Lane, and Trent Mallonee of Los Banos.
A visitation was held Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Whitehurst Funeral Chapel, the rosary was recited at 7:00. The funeral Mass was held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; burial followed at the Los Banos District Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Chapel, Los Banos.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Hinds Hospice, 410 W. Main St., Ste. A, Merced, CA 95340 or New Bethnaay, 1441 Berkeley Dr., Los Banos, CA 93635.
We extend sincere condolences to the family of this beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend to many. As mentioned in her eulogy on Monday, Dorothy truly understood the meaning of the words “to give.” She gave often with one of the most precious gifts to others, that of her time. Many can learn from her actions, especially in today’s world. She seemed to be the example for family and friends alike, whether it was to cook for someone, to be there at that special event or game for encouragement, to take a friend for medical treatment, or to just have that “listening” ear that is always needed, Dorothy led by good example. She will be missed by many.