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Doris Jean Cronin

August 22, 1920 May 20, 2011
Doris Jean Cronin
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"I was born on August 22, 1920 in Moscow, Idaho. My mother Marie Nothnagel Carpenter and my father was George Otis Carpenter. My parents nearly lost me to the Angels at my birth as I was born blue and both myself and my mother nearly died. My aunt Ethel noticed that I was not breathing and somehow the doctor saved the both of us. I was to be the only child of my parents. We moved to Los Angeles when I was 8 weeks old and I was sick most of the time. I developed a bad case of Whooping Cough and the usual amount of childhood diseases. My father got a job for the streetcar line and we moved to Hawthorn, California on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Sometime in the '20's Dad bought a house at 542 Ferris Ave. in what was then called Belevedere Gardens, now called East L.A. I attended Kern Avenue Grammar School and graduated from the 6th grade having earned a perfect attendance certificate then went on to attend Garfield High School for the 7th thru 12th grade. While we lived on Ferris Ave., my father was employed by the L.A. County Fire Department and he rose from a fireman to the rank of engineer. One afternoon, my father became intoxicated and decided to go to a fire and tell the Captain how to put the fire out and the Captain was rather upset so he retired Dad from Norwalk, Calif. I really liked Norwalk and remember living across the street from the school. I believe it was Walnut Avenue School where we bought a house right next to a real high water tank. That sticks in my mind because I used to climb it all the time as I was quite a "Tom Boy." During most of my childhood, I believe I had most everything I wanted; since I was an only child and Dad had a good job. After Dad lost his job, we moved back to Ferris Ave. from Norwalk where I met Douglas Lloy at a WPA play at Garfield High and we both fell in love." Here ends a self written story, written by Jean on an old paper I discovered in her effects. Doris Jean Cronin had an exciting life after being a secretary, a police dispatcher who received a meritorious commendation from the chief of Police in Sacramento, Calif. during the aircraft disaster at Crossroads Shopping Center on September 24, 1972, where her Officer son James Douglas Lloy was first on the scene of a terrible crash site. Jean demonstrated initiative, self control, and outstanding judgment which gained for her the praise of her supervisor and fellow employees. Doris Jean Lloy-Dwinell-Cronin is survived by her daughter, Laurie Jean Meredith, her son, James Douglas Lloy, her other son, William Clinton Lloy-Dwinell, plus many loving grandchildren and friends. Jean passed away on May 20, 2011 after fighting cancer and coming out the Winner. Jean is now dancing with the Angels and blowing kisses from the most glorious Heaven and smiling from above…

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