Born at home Aug. 14, 1915, in Long Beach, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Mary (Rohrig) Brown. Having spent her entire life in California, Dorothy attended elementary school in Imperial Valley, Calif., and completed her education in Calexico, Calif.
Growing up along the California and Mexico border, she told stories of swimming in the All-American Canal and occasional trips to Mexico for dancing.
She met her future husband, LeRoy (Roy) Lawrence Arnold at a skating rink in the Imperial Valley city of El Centro, Calif. Dorothy and Roy were married July 24, 1936, in Yuma, Ariz., and made their home in Artesia, Buena Park and Chino, Calif.
Dorothy often told the story how during World War II, she would solder wire leads onto pumps that were destined to be installed in ships. She was proud of her work and said that her supervisor would have her demonstrate her abilities whenever there were plant visits.
Roy and Dorothy had a son, Jack Leroy born in Calexico, Calif. Although Dorothy and Roy's life together was cut short when Roy died in 1978 at their home in Chino, Calif. Dorothy in every way remained married to Roy throughout her 33 years without him.
She was a gentle and kind woman, always ready to make conversation or a new friend. She enjoyed her pastime of crossword puzzles and bingo, trips with Mary, and up until 85 years of age, enjoyed a daily three mile walk.
She was an accomplished seamstress and had a passion for fine jewelry and strawberry waffles. She also thoroughly enjoyed her autumn visits to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Iowa. Dorothy is survived by her son, Jack and his wife, Etelvina of Palmdale Calif.; three grandchildren, Valerie (Arnold) and Tim Loutsch of Remsen, Craig and Susan Arnold of Le Mars and Darrin and Jane Arnold of Remsen, along with five great-grandchildren.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Roy, and her great-grandson Wesley Loutsch.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Chapel of the Valley in Palmdale, with burial at Forest Lawn Mortuary in Cypress, Calif.