Dorothy (Dodie) Marie Stroud passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, from complications due to a decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her family and friends know that due to her faith in Jesus Christ, the Lord has welcomed her home.
Born in San Luis Obispo, California on Oct. 24, 1936, to Ingward and Anna Lauridsen, Dodie was raised on the family ranch in the Union area of Paso Robles. She was the youngest of the three Lauridsen children that included her sister Lois and brother Kenneth and she attended the one-room Union School for elementary and junior high school.
She attended Paso Robles High School where she was a spirited Bearcat cheerleader and graduated with the great class of 1955. Following high school, she attended Fresno City College and Hartnell College where she attained her licensed vocational nurse certification.
Returning to Paso Robles, she met the love of her life, William (Bill) Stroud while he was attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. They were married Nov. 29, 1958, and would have celebrated their 60 anniversary this year. They moved around the first few years of their life together as Bill had teaching assignments in Gilroy, Calif. and his first full-time teaching position in Porterville, Calif. In 1961, Bill and Dodie relocated back to Paso Robles for a full-time teaching and coaching position at Paso Robles High School.
Dodie became a dedicated coach’s wife, traveling with her three children in tow to watch the many Bearcat teams her husband coached. She was also a very busy mother, always with a car full of her children and others transporting them to various youth baseball and football games, swim meets, 4-H meetings and assorted other activities. She watched many a game that her children played for Paso Robles High School. She and Bill traveled several miles together to watch their sons play baseball at the collegiate and professional levels. Affectionately known as Mama Stroud and Papa Stroud, Dodie and Bill were staunch supporters of the Bearcat baseball program for the past 20 years and were a constant presence at the PRHS Barnhart Field.
Dodie’s community involvement often revolved around her family’s experiences. She was an active PTA member, former president and board member of the Bearcat Boosters, and served on numerous planning committees for a variety of special activities and events. In addition to her community activities, Dodie worked for many years at the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles in both the administrative and livestock offices.
In 1983 Bill and Dodie received recognition as the Paso Robles Family of the Year and were inducted together into the Mid-State Fair Hall of Fame in 2011. Dodie was awarded a lifetime membership in the Bearcat Boosters for her years of work. She was also a dedicated and active deaconess at the First Baptist Church in Paso Robles.
Dodie is survived by her husband, Bill Stroud, daughter Danna, son Dewey, and daughter-in-law Heather and son Derek and daughter-in-law Lainey along with grandchildren, Will, Becca, and Kylie Stroud and Leo and Allie Kemp, all of Paso Robles. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Carroll Lauridsen, nieces Debbie Lauridsen, Laurie Cummings, Jennifer Lindsey, Julie Rickard, and Patti Mongolo and her niece Mary Hodson and nephew Joel Bibby along with numerous grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ingward and Anna Lauridsen, her sister Lois Lauridsen and brother Kenneth Lauridsen.
Dodie was a devoted and proud wife, mother, grandmother and a Paso Robles Class of ’55 Bearcat through and through. She never wavered in her commitment and love for her family and friends and her smile and laughter will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Services were held Oct. 8, 2018, and interment was at the Paso Robles District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome at the Pioneer Museum and Paso Robles Historical Society.