Dorothy F. Williams
June 3, 1925 – May 9, 2020
Dorothy Williams, age 94, passed away at home in Ventura on Saturday, May 9, 2020, under the brief care of Livingston Hospice. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 68 years, Ed Williams, who passed away in 2014.
Daughter of George Raines and Almira May Fletcher, she was born in Raton, NM, on June 3, 1925. A 56-year resident of Ventura, Dorothy and Ed moved to Ventura from Brea, CA, in 1964.
Dorothy grew up in Raton, where her father, “Boots” Fletcher, was elected Sheriff of Colfax County in the early 1930’s. Living with her family in the county courthouse, she quickly learned math by playing dominoes with courthouse staff, skipping second grade as a result. After graduating high school at age 17, she attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she joined the Chi Omega sorority and pursued her degree in math and chemistry. It was there she met Ed, her handsome husband-to-be, a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and Navy ROTC program, and a tackle on the varsity football team that won the Sun Bowl in 1946. On June 24 that same year, Dorothy received her bachelor’s degree in the morning, Ed received his officer’s commission at mid-day, and the couple was married in the afternoon. They left immediately for San Francisco, where Ed boarded ship for service in the Pacific, participating in the first underwater nuclear weapons tests at Bikini Atoll.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy in October 1946, Ed and Dorothy moved to Davis, CA, where Ed earned his bachelor’s degree in plant science at UC Davis. They moved frequently in the early years of their marriage, as they followed Ed’s career in agriculture, at last settling in Ventura, where Ed became a co-founder and president of Santa Clara Produce Company, co-founder and chairman/president of Mission Produce, and owner of D&E Williams, Inc.
Dorothy and Ed enjoyed their long-time membership in the Ventura Dance Club. They also enjoyed their role as host parents of a “daughter” from Austria through the AFS high school foreign student exchange program, of which Dorothy was a past president. Over the years, she was active in Assistance League (a 49-yr member, past president, and recipient of the Ada Edwards Laughlin Award), PEO, the Embroiderer’s Guild, and Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Eldon Fletcher. She is survived by the family she loved, her two children, Randall Williams (Susan) of Vienna, VA, and Libby Toussaint (Don) of Camarillo; four grandchildren, Scott Toussaint (Laura Ann) of Alexandria, VA, Allison Williams of St. Louis, MO, Ryan Toussaint of Livermore, CA, and Evan Williams (Megan) of Burke, VA; and three great grandchildren, Julien Toussaint, and twins Anna and Margaret Toussaint.
In light of current COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Private burial will be at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.
Donations may be made to Assistance League of Ventura County (913 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93001); to PEO to support local scholarships (PEO International Executive Office, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312 – “for Chapter MC in Ventura”); or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Dorothy F. Williams
June 2, 2020
In loving memory, Dear Dorthy, may you Rest In Peace with your loving husband, Paul (Ed).
Thank you for showing us what a strong, loving, gracious woman, wife, mother and friend look like. Your smile was beautifully warm & kind; your eyes full of love & compassion; your heart & spirit full of life & joy. I have fond memories of time spent with you. One favorite is the persimmon bread you made at Christmas, which I hesitated to open because the packaging was so beautiful,. Thankfully, you encouraged me to open, and the bread was the best ever. Pretty sure I failed to share with my husband. You kindly gave me the recipe but it did not taste the same as your bread.
You and Ed were a love story in real life, an inspiration to everyone who knew you. Now you and he can dance in each other’s arms forever. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. Your kind soul will be missed.
For the Toussaint & Williams family, I hope your shared loving memories will bring peace & comfort at this sad time. You will be in my prayers now and always.
May 17, 2020
Dorthy it’s was pleasure to work for you. I enjoyed ur company u were an amazing person and loving caring mother and grandmother and Great grandmother. May u Rest In Peace my friend. My sincere condolences to Libby and her family.
Diane Wuerth Switzer
May 17, 2020
The entire Wuerth family, Dave, Vivian, Diane, Vicki, and Randy, offer our sincere condolences to the Williams/Toussaint families. We remember her as a wonderful neighbor and friend, and have fond memories of visiting over the back fence with Dorothy and her family.