Obituary: Dorothy Lopez Frye Williams

May 15, 2007 12:00 am

Dorothy Lopez Frye Williams, 96, died May 11. She was the oldest resident of Elk Valley Rancheria.

She was born June 23, 1910.

She grew up knowing the traditional ways of the Howonquet and was a fluent Tolowa speaker who understood the Yurok language as well. She took part in ceremonial dances all her life.

Born near the mouth of the Smith River, where Ship Ashore Resort now stands, Dorothy spent a great deal of her childhood playing near the river, and was a life long resident of Del Norte County.

She gardened, ranched, cooked, canned fruits and vegetables, smoked fish, and was a tribal council member, advisor, dancer, friend to everyone, and housemother to many relatives and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Frye; her sons William Frye Jr., and Ronald Frye; her grandson Lewis Ward; granddaughter Pennie (Ward) Lund; great-grandson Billie Ward; father and mother Sam and Amanda Lopez; brothers Arthur, Harold, Sam, Jr., and Herbert Lopez; and sisters Edna Lopez and Ada (Lopez) Richards.

She is survived by daughters Constance Baker, Dolores Ward and Dale Ann and husband, Marlon, Sherman; grandson Lance and wife, Terry, Baker; granddaughter Coretha (Baker) Cupp; nine great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Arnold Lopez; sisters, Pansy Blazina, and Lou Housley.

Visitation will be held at Wier's Mortuary Chapel, 408 G St., Crescent City from 5-7 p.m. May 15.

Funeral Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. May 16, with interment to follow at Howonquet Cemetery, Smith River.

Immediately following the interment everyone is invited to Elk Valley Rancheria Community Hall, 2332 Howland Hill Road, Crescent City, for a gathering and dinner.

Arrangements are under the Direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel.