Dorothy M. Boyles, age 85, passed away October 11, 2015 in Wickenburg, Arizona. She was born April 13, 1930 in Topeka, Ks to William Howey and Alta Jackson Howey. She was the oldest of four, and was the only daughter. She attended Bell Gardens High School in Bell Gardens, California; graduating in 1948. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Thomas H. Boyles.
Dorothy and Tom lived in California for many years, but called the desert southwest home since 1972, when the red rocks drew them to Sedona. They designed and built several homes there, while exploring the area by car, motorcycle and air, and enjoyed many years of close friendships. When Lake Powell called to them in 1991, they pulled up stakes to move to Clark Bench; where house-boating became her next passion. They had just put down roots in Congress, a place they had visited and loved for many years, when she was called back to the Lord.
Dorothy cherished the time she spent with family, and over her lifetime organized many family activities and get-togethers. Her family all remember the Easters, Thanksgivings and Christmases at her house. Family was always the center of focus for her and she cared for many family members throughout her life. She was always ready with a smile or a helping hand and was deeply loved by all her family and friends. She loved life and people, but the love of her life, after Tom, was her abiding love for children. She was an accomplished dancer, and enjoyed many outdoor activities, such as riding mules and motorcycles, camping and boating.
Always an avid traveler, she and Tom thoroughly enjoyed treks across America and Canada in their RV, and once even loaded the RV onto a train to travel through Mexico. They decided early on in their marriage they would not wait until retirement to live their dreams to travel, and for 60 plus years they visited many, many memory filled locations.
She is also survived by two brothers; Lloyd and Keith Howey and their wives, three sons; Thomas, Terry and Bruce Boyles and their wives, 2 grandsons, 4 granddaughters, 5 great-grandsons, 9 great-granddaughters, 7 nephews, 4 surviving nieces, and several grand nephews and nieces.