Dorcas Oviatt, born Dorcas Carpenter in Plainview, Minnesota on August 23, 1925. She was one of 18 children. This large family was relocated to Washington State and made Bellingham, Washington their home. Dorcas finished school there, attended nursing school in Seattle, joined the Army Nursing Corp, met and married Robert Oviatt, a navy seaman. Robert finished his naval committment, but shortly later joined the Coast Guard served for almost 30 years. For Dorcas this meant relocating to another part of the United States when Robert was reassigned. Dorcas, with their 3 children, Genene, James and, Susan lived in a variety of city such as Oakland, Washington DC and, New York City. In 1959, Dorcas, Robert, and family returned to Oakland/Alameda area. They purchased their first home in Fremont where they continued to live. Dorcas worked aat Washington hospital for many years. Dorcas, with her brothers Hugh and Brooks Carpenter, were the founders of 5 Cities Fellowship located on Mission Blvd in the Niles District 56 years ago. Dorcas was the voice on the other side of the phone at all hours when someone needed to talk. She answered these calls for over 50 years. She made an unfaltering faith in her Higher Power and could always be counted on to listen and advise those who asked. On June 2, 2016, she made her journey to join her husband, Bob, son, Jim, her brothers, Hugh and Brooks as well as her Dad, Jaime and Mom, Aileen and all her other sisters and brothers and friends who have gone before her. We beleive that after 'checking in' she has taking her seat at the table and the meeting continues.

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  1. In loving memory of my dearest grandmother. She will be missed very much, but is at peace, pain free and with her family in heaven. We have great memories and she will always be in my heart. She’s our guardian angel now. I love you grandma. With love, her granddaughter Cathleen

  2. Aunt Dorcas bears some of my fondest childhood memories. What a character she could be to her nieces and nephews, but the rod of strength when it came to her Catholic devotion and all that were in the need of her strength and conviction.

    She and her sister Martha, my Mother, never missed their Saturday evening chats, which my Mother looked so forward to each week.

    God Speed to you Aunt Dorcas and enjoy again the loving arms of Uncle Bob and your son Jimmy. God Bless.

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