Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at Boice Funeral Home, 308 Pollasky in Clovis.

Dorothy was born to Floyd and Virgie Jackson on March 13, 1943 in Casa Grande, Ariz. The family, including Dorothy's older sister Doris, lived in a small settlement known as 11 Mile Corner, whose name was derived from being exactly 11 miles from Casa Grande, Coolidge and Eloy, somewhat of a geographic anomaly.

As this was during World War II, Floyd soon found work at Bethlehem Steel in Alameda and the family relocated there. The company supplied steel to Kaiser Shipyards in Oakland for the construction of liberty ships. Floyd was killed in an industrial accident in Nov. 1944 and Virgie, with two young daughters, moved to Tulare, to be near family.

Dorothy attended elementary school in Tulare. During those years Freeway 99 was under construction through Tulare, and Dorothy's house was on the opposite side of the new freeway from her school. As there were not yet any overpasses completed, the school kids had to traverse the freeway construction zone, which was pretty scary for 8-year-old girls.

Virgie married Odie McNutt in 1956 and he soon took a job with A-C transit in the Bay Area. Against Dorothy's wishes and protests the family relocated to Alameda during Dorothy's freshman year at Tulare Union High School. Dorothy soon made friends and excelled in high school, graduating from Alameda High in 1961. She then went on to junior college in Oakland and received an A.A. degree in 1963.

As a young adult, Dorothy moved back to Tulare in 1963 and was soon working in the lab at the Tulare Hospital, where, in 1964, she met Jerry Burnes, of Exeter, who was working in the hospital pharmacy. They dated and then married on July 19, 1964. Jerry left for boot camp two days later, having joined the U.S. Marine Corps a few months before. The honeymoon was, of necessity, quite short.

Dorothy and Jerry had two children, Tracy, born in 1965 and Abby, born in 1968. The family by this time was living in Fresno and as the two girls grew up, Dorothy decided she wanted to go back to work. She worked for 12 years as secretary at San Joaquin Brokerage in Clovis, retiring in 1995.

Her life after retiring was filled with working in the yard, doting on her grandchildren, who by this time numbered three, and roaring around Clovis in her little green Ford Focus.

In June 2005, Dorothy was diagnosed with lung cancer and started treatment. She actually beat the lung cancer, but the disease had migrated to her liver. This fight she could not win and she died May 5, 2006 at 5:30 a.m. with Jerry by her side.

Dorothy is survived by her husband of 41 years, Jerry; her two daughters, Tracy Taylor and Abby Burnes, both of Fresno; three grandchildren, Zachary Taylor, Samantha Taylor and Shelby Taylor, all of Fresno; her mother, Virgie McNutt of Tulare; her sister, Doris Hayes of Tulare; son-in-law Matthew Taylor of Fresno; nephews Terry Harter of Tulare and Dow Ross of Exeter; niece Lisa Wood of Visalia; nieces Kelly Rider, Kerry Greer, Kristy Alves and Karin Reynoso, all of Exeter; and many great nephews and great nieces.

Dorothy was a beloved wife and mother, an adored Grandma, a loving daughter and sister, and a cherished aunt. Although we know she is in a better place now, Dorothy will be missed deeply. Arrangements by Boice Funeral Home, Clovis.

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