Doreen Dell lived on the Central Coast initially in Cambria, Pismo Beach and most recently Atascadero. She passed away on Nov. 9, 2018, with family and friends near to her heart. Graveside Services will be held at 1 Cemetery Road, Atascadero on Nov. 30, 2018, at 10 a.m.
Doreen was born Jan. 9, 1925 in Cardiff, which is a port city on the south coast of Wales. She entered the Royal Air Force during World War II, which is where she met her husband. They married in Ely, Cambridge, England in 1945.
The couple moved to Pennsylvania in 1950 and later moved to Los Angeles in 1960. Retirement landed them in Cambria (the Latin name for Wales) in 1975 which they both enjoyed the quaint town, plus being close to the ocean. Cambria has many Welsh attributes, making it a very familiar setting for their retirement years. There they had a bed and breakfast which they relished. They enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know them over breakfast. What started as just a casual thought became a social network of repeat guests and forging longtime friendships. Guests loved our parents and it was fun to witness the enjoyment they were having. Her husband passed away in 1992. A few years later Doreen made her life in Pismo Beach. Though retired, she felt a desire to enter the workforce again, at age 70. She secured a job the first day out at a Carpet Store near her home. She worked at Macie’s for 10 years.
According to Paul and Renee, people are still inquiring about the adorable English Lady.
Doreen is very creative in everything she does being inside or outside her home. She is always broadening her mind in the electronic age and how she sees people. She always looks beautiful and dresses stylishly, she has a wonderful mind, funny wisecrack British humor, is very petite, has an insightful green thumb (clearly evident in her beautiful English garden), a willingness to help others, and an aptitude for letting nothing get by her. Doreen is a breath of fresh air and cherishes and enjoys each day that breaks.
Survivors are Linda of New Jersey, Debbie of Washington State, Tammie of Atascadero and Pam of London England. Plus, her nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Doreen is Our Mother, Our Grandmother and Our “Great” Grandmother. She will be missed, but she will forever be a part of our hearts and minds. We all love you so much!
Arrangements are by Chapel of Roses Mortuary in Atascadero.