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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dori Powell, 58, born on February 28, 1959 and passed away on May 3, 2017. We will remember her smile forever.

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Thank You!

Al, Grant, & Sophia Powell       
      

May 4, 2023
Dori - We were all so excited to learn that Sophia decided to attend SDSU of the many college acceptances she received! And Grant will graduate next year with his Nursing degree. You had something to do with your two bright stars. They are amazing! I'm sending hugs & love to you. You are surely missed. 
March 1, 2023
March 1, 2023
Dori I miss your beautiful smile. Thinking of you on your passing birthday.  
February 28, 2023
February 28, 2023
Happy Birthday my friend. I hear in my head how you’d always say I was older lol. Oh how I miss our conversations. I’ve seen some amazing rainbows that you’ve painted since you’ve been gone. As you already know my family is doing great. Mark and I celebrated 25 year anniversary with a vow renewal. Oh how I love the picture of you and Al of when you met us in Vegas for our short little honeymoon. I know you couldn’t be prouder of Grant and Sophia. Your legacy lives on. Miss and love you so much. ❤️❤️
February 28, 2023
February 28, 2023
Happy Birthday, Dori! Missing you my friend, sister-in-law, and beautiful part of our family. 
February 28, 2023
February 28, 2023
Happy birthday Dori! Missing my birthday buddy extra hard today <3
February 28, 2023
February 28, 2023
Happy birthday to you,Dori. You still and will be always surly missed. I had a lot of fun with Laurie this last summer. Doug and I got to see Grant in Denver, Colorado. He looks great, you would be so proud of him. Sophia I don’t hear from much, she turned 21 this year. I know right, where has the time gone. I saw pictures and she looks so much like you. So pretty. All is well with me. Family keeps growing and I’m getting older. Miss you so much. I look forward to seeing you again.
February 28, 2023
February 28, 2023
Happy birthday birthday Dori! Don and I see Grant quite often and he reminds us of what a great job you annd Al did with him.
May 3, 2022
Dearest Dori - Thinking of you always and missing you. I can't believe it's been 5 years. I've added another picture to the photo album - it makes me smile seeing your joy when you came with Al & Grant to Lake Tahoe to play. Sophia wasn't born yet and Grant must have been about 3 years old. Both of your kids are doing well and are so amazing. 

Love you!
May 3, 2022
May 3, 2022
Well sis it has been five years since you moved to the other side. I think of you every day and wonder how you are doing! Evert time I see the clock turn to 11:11 I know you are there!!

The impact you made on so many people is like no other!! Your legacy lives on so strong!!

I Love you Dori!!
March 3, 2022
March 3, 2022
Our Dori, I can’t believe it’s almost 5 yrs since you moved on. Boy do I still miss you everyday. Things are great with the family. We have added another boy with Corey’s family and Jeremy got married over the weekend. That give me two more boys to add. Can you believe I have 5 grandsons??? You must be rolling in laughter over this. If you have any pull with the Main Man upstairs could you please request for me a granddaughter . I still miss our laughter and friendship. Till we meet again. Love you Dor❤️
March 1, 2022
March 1, 2022
Happy Birthday Dori, you are still very much missed by all. Remembering, the flowers you loved so much, they brought such beauty to your home.
As flowers bloom around my home, it brings back those memories of you. Your kids are blossoming too, and you would be so proud of them just much as we are. Rest easy my dear friend and sister-in-law. 
February 28, 2022
February 28, 2022
Happy Birthday, Dori! Thinking of you and letting you know how impressed the world is of Grant & Sophia! 
March 1, 2021
March 1, 2021
Happy Birthday Dori. Miss seeing your beautiful smiling face, warm heart and just spending time together.
February 28, 2021
February 28, 2021
We miss you, and want you to know you have left behind two amazing children. Grant and Sophia impress me so much! Thinking of you often, you are always in my heart.
February 28, 2021
February 28, 2021
Happy Heavenly Birthday Dori! I look forward to celebrating you on a phone call with Laurie and Karen today. We miss you everyday. You are everywhere which makes it a lot easier .
February 28, 2021
February 28, 2021
Happy birthday Dori! Don and I just watched some family videos and was able to see your smiling face! Sure do miss you
May 5, 2020
May 5, 2020
Miss you always Dori!  You were always a light for the de Bree family. 

May 3, 2020
May 3, 2020
Three years ago today you left us Dori!! Your legacy is so strong. You touched us all and will keep doing so!! Please guide us through these crazy times!! I turn on your mushroom lamp each day!! Until then.
May 3, 2020
May 3, 2020
I will remember this day till we meet again what fun we will have
May 3, 2020
Thinking of you today and many days throughout the year. See your smiling face in many photos throughout my home!
February 29, 2020
February 29, 2020
Thinking of you on your Birthday, Dori. Grant & Sophia continue to thrive. We all miss you yet so fortunate to have had you in our lives. ❤️
February 28, 2020
February 28, 2020
Dori you were such a kind and remarkable woman. We miss you!! Rest in peace!
February 28, 2020
February 28, 2020
Just yesterday I had a dream that I was getting ready to go to sleep in a place unfamiliar to me. The bedding did not cover my feet. Out of nowhere Dori appeared and pulled the blanket over my feet completely! Still looking out for her younger brother!! Happy Birthday Dori!!
February 28, 2020
February 28, 2020
Happy Heavenly Birthday Dori, my forever friend. Not a day goes by that you are not in my thoughts. Especially today your birthday. 2/28/20 We have shared so many together. I miss our laughter, conversations and the time we spent together .
Today I will spend it talking about you and I will always cherish the time we have had together . Love and miss you
Angie
March 3, 2019
March 3, 2019
Thinking of you on your Birthday and so many times in my day to day life - always missing you as all of your family and friends do too.
March 2, 2019
March 2, 2019
This note is a little late as Dori's 60th Birthday has passed. I think of her each and every day. Crazy, but understandable things, happen regularly that remind me how much Dori is missed! She has assumed an important role that we will all understand in time!! She left a legacy that is larger than life! My heart will always skip a beat on February 28th.
February 28, 2019
February 28, 2019
Wow the big 60
I can’t help but look back on all the times we have celebrated life together . So much joy, love , and laughter. I miss the laughter most.
It days like today I miss you the most. My forever friend . I will celebrate you today with a few tears and lots of laughter.
February 28, 2019
February 28, 2019
Today is your birthday and I am sitting here listening to the beautiful music that Al for put on your website. Don and I spent time with Al, Grant and Sophia last month at Eric's wedding. He married an wonderful girl that we adore and the wedding gave us an opportunity to see your family. They are doing great and that is a tribute to you and how well you took care of them. Miss you!
October 3, 2018
October 3, 2018
Hi Dori, Hope all is well with you!! You missed a great concert that Karen and me enjoyed! Every song brought your vision to me! Well missed!
May 12, 2018
May 12, 2018
It's Saturday, and I'm sitting and thinking of you. I feel your presence with the sun on my face and a cool breeze blowing. Today I would call to see how you're doing and we'd laugh because you were thinking of me too. Tomorrow is Mother's Day and I can tell you that your children are doing so well. Sophia is getting more beautiful and grown up. Grant is getting ready to embark on the new journey of College towards his career in nursing. My heart still misses you. I miss our laughter.
Happy Mother's Day my friend, till we meet again
May 3, 2018
May 3, 2018
Dori, you will always be a beautiful person in our memories today and always... your smile and your positive attitude was infectious, and so many people loved you ... your memory will live on through your beautiful family..Al, Grant, and Sophia, and your countless friends and family from years past and those that were lucky enough to be near you in your last days ...Dori, You will live on in my heart With the fondest of memories for always ...and wishing your family and friends comfort and peace today and always.
May 3, 2018
One year ago you left this earth, I miss you. I am spending time this morning thinking of you and the wonderful memories of your life here on earth. You made such an impact on everyone in your life and what a beautiful family your have.
March 3, 2018
March 3, 2018
My awesome sister Dori would have celebrated her 59th Birthday yesterday, but after a heroic battle with A Plastic Anemia she passed last year. A great soul that made an impact on her Family and the world She lived in!! She left her mark on Grant and Sophia! Dance on!
March 2, 2018
March 2, 2018
Thinking of you, Dori..... and all the wonderful things you brought into this world with your amazing personality, shining smile and incredible artistic talent. You are always in our heart, gone... but never forgotten for an instant. Sending you much love and fond memories....
March 2, 2018
March 2, 2018
My Dear Dori,
This is your first birthday since you left us, left this world, left the cares of this world. Do you know how much we miss you? My heart aches everyday and still some mornings I wake with a gasp realizing your're gone. Do you know how well your family is doing? My heart smiles with the thought of the possibility that you may see what I see....
your family thriving; the beautiful blossoming of youthful hope in your children. Part of your life on in them. My heart swells with your pride when I look at them. I like to think that what my eyes see, you see. Maybe in the realm where you now eternally dwell you have not one care for this earthly place.. Just in case you do, I'd like to say on your first birthday since you left us...It is well.
Happy birthday dear cousin,
Teri
February 28, 2018
February 28, 2018
Dori,

Wishing you a sweet Birthday up in heaven, with all the angels celebrating with you! We miss you, and want to say you are always in our hearts, and minds.

Love, Teresa
June 26, 2017
June 26, 2017
I recently learned of Dori's passing. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I remember Dori as a woman full of life and with such artistic talent. She helped me choose the colors of the walls in my house and now I can't help but smile when I think that a small part of her is within our home. Vito and I also recall how when Elliot was on Grant's AYSO soccer team (with Al as the coach), our team, the Gladiators, had THE best team banner around. Dori's creation of a knight and armor on the banner was a work of art! We will always remember her so very fondly.
June 20, 2017
June 20, 2017
I was honored to be at Dori's Celebration of Life event. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with Grant and Sophia who have grown up to be such lovely young adults. I have happy memories of spending time with Dori and the Powells throughout Montclaire. She is missed!
June 13, 2017
June 13, 2017
My friendship with Dori started when our daughters were born. My daughter, Lizzie, was born 3 months after Sophia and our families spent a lot of time together laughing, playing, and celebrating over the years.

Our bond as friends grew when we started taking early morning walks. We would laugh, complain about our husbands or kids, and sometimes even cry together during these walks. It was cathartic and great therapy. Early on, Dori told me how much she hated gossip and I knew that whatever I shared was safe with her and she knew the same was true for me.

Dori was always up for a little mischief. One night we decided to get some wine and cheese before going to the movies. We ordered glasses of champagne (of course) and quickly realized that a whole bottle would be a much better idea. But was there time to finish a whole bottle before the movie? Such a dilemma. I told her to save my seat and I ran over to Peets next store and brought back 2 empty coffee cups with lids. I was in charge of keeping the coast clear while Dori emptied the bottle into our coffee cups for us to sneak into the movie theater across the street. As we turned around, feeling so clever and proud of ourselves, we didn’t realize that the wine bar had filled up with customers who were enjoying watching our mischief. We all burst out laughing. We laughed the whole way out of the bar and to the movie theater. For quite a while after that we continued to sneak champagne and sometimes even a picnic lunch to the movies.

Dori started to not feel well about 3 years ago. She blessed me by letting me be by her side as she went to countless doctors’ appointments in search of a diagnosis and treatment plan. Dori would tease me about my little black notebook and Al and I would compare notes and grill the medical team relentlessly. Although she was sometimes reluctant to undergo many of the invasive tests and procedures, Dori bravely complied through it all. At many of the appointments, the medical staff would ask if Dori and I were sisters. We always said no but in my heart, the answer was yes. Dori was much more than a friend to me. She was family. Rest in peace my dear sister.
June 7, 2017
June 7, 2017
What an incredible tribute to beautiful Dori!
I can see how loved she was by all who knew her!
Dori was a neighbor of mine, and although I did not know her well, I was amazed at her incredible creativity and style and loved her brilliant smile! I also admired her as a loving Mother to her children, Grant and Sophia. When I learned from her close friends that she became sick, my heart went out to her, Al, their children, and her extended family. She was clearly, “gone too soon”. Love, Becky Priel
June 3, 2017
June 3, 2017
Sister, I was lucky enough to have known you. I was blessed to have been your brother. Love you Doe Doe - Tim Murtagh
June 3, 2017
When I was three years old, we moved into a home in Northridge, California, fondly known as "Acre Street". Dori, Tim and Danny would be our next door neighbors for the next eighteen years. I grew up with Dori and all the kids on our street. We were like family, siblings of sorts, and despite time, distance and loss of contact over the years, I still feel the same family like connection. What most of the kids probably never knew, is that Dori and I were both born in 1959, she in February, and I in December. I always thought it was so cool that we were the same age 2 months out of the year!. Dori was always crafty. It amazed me what all she had her hands into, and how organized she was being able to work & store so many projects in her small bedroom with her beloved guinea pig, she kept it all super clean to boot! I managed to score two pieces of her early 1970's art. Dori was always making her own clothes & jewelry like ear cuffs, to me odd & bizarre fashions that always ended up popular in stores 6-12 months later! I knew nothing of Paris fashion, I stayed busy riding my horses! Although we went to the same elementary & Jr. high schools, we went to different high schools & ended up with different friends, and slowly drifted apart with time. Our mothers remained in touch and always provided updates. Dori and I ended up having two kids each, near the same ages, and we both named our baby girls "Sophia"! Dori was such a unique and positive individual, a breath of fresh air in life! Our last visit was in 2005 with our kids, lunch and swimming the day away at her house. I am sharing photos. We kept in contact over the years with Christmas cards. The world has lost a great lady, her family a wonderful wife and mother, daughter and sister. My heart and prayers go out to you all.
My deepest sympathies,
Rose
May 31, 2017
May 31, 2017
It has taken a long time to get myself to write something about Dori because in doing so makes this a reality. One of which I don’t want to believe. Words cannot express the emptiness I feel. Dori is an amazing woman who I as many have the pleasure to call my best friend. She was special to each and every one of us.

I was blessed to have met Dori 45 years ago in 7th grade at Nobel JR High School.
There was an instant connection that was the beginning of a beautiful life long friendship, only to end too soon.

We had so much fun during our Jr and High school years. We had a large group of friends that were constantly together. One of my fondest memories was the kidnap breakfasts. Prearranged with parents so we can pick up friends at wee hours of the morning and take them to breakfast wearing whatever they had on. Sometimes word got out so people were prepared, but NOT Dori!! She was surprised as we were.

After High School the years have flown by. Although life took us in different directions, Dori to Northern Ca, and me to South Dakota we still remained the best of friends. We were able to reunite annually some times in Northern CA, but most of the time in Southern CA. We would gather at either Angie’s, Ming’s, Lori or Karen’s house and always went to the beach. We would all get together like the good ole days. Our children had so much fun together and it was awesome seeing the 2nd generation of friendships evolve. These memories will last a lifetime. 

Dori and I would talk on the phone for hours there was so much to say. Now it seems like it was never long enough.

I can’t imagine life without you my friend. I know time is supposed to heal. The memories will fill my heart always. I’m sure the emptiness will remain forever.

Your smile, laughter, positive attitude and friendship will be forever missed.

You’re an angel in heaven and forever my friend.

I love you buddy.
May 30, 2017
May 30, 2017
I had the pleasure of attending many parties with Dori and her sunny disposition and laugh made every gathering more fun. I truly am sorry for your loss. There is a special place for our Dori in heaven, that is for sure...
May 29, 2017
May 29, 2017
Dori, you were a star to all of us. So kind, so thoughtful, so creative, so fun, and so beautiful through and through. Your light shines on in the many, many people who had the privilege to know you and to love you. You will remain forever in our hearts.
May 29, 2017
May 29, 2017
I don't have the words to describe the loss. Dori I am so blessed to have had you in my life. I miss you so much, my heart is broken and the hole that remains cannot be filled. Thank you for being my friend.
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May 4, 2023
Dori - We were all so excited to learn that Sophia decided to attend SDSU of the many college acceptances she received! And Grant will graduate next year with his Nursing degree. You had something to do with your two bright stars. They are amazing! I'm sending hugs & love to you. You are surely missed. 
March 1, 2023
March 1, 2023
Dori I miss your beautiful smile. Thinking of you on your passing birthday.  
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May 4, 2018
Brand New Day - Brand New Day

It has now been one year since Dori left us. Grant, Sophia, Diane, Tim, Danny  and I are blessed with all of the beautiful tributres that everyone has provided to us to express their love for Dori.


We are so thankful for the all of the love and caring that everone has given to us. 
We miss Dori always, but we are so thankful for all of the love that her friends and family have provdied to us over the past year.


Please know that we are all so thankful for everyone's kind words and actions and that we will always be forever grateful.


We will show our love for Dori by being successful in caring for everyone, giving back to others in need, and becoming role models in our careers and in our personal l lives to let everyone know how fortunate we are to have them in our lives and to have Dori in our lives to help us make a positive difference every day.           

Thank you for all of your support and encouragement!


Love Always,


Al, Grant, & Sophia       

May 4, 2018

Wow it has been a year since we all said good bye to our Dori!  She must be proud of what has happened since her passing! Al, Grant and Sophia have grabbed the Baton and ran at an Olympic pace!  What a Fight Dori gave to her condition.  She was a warrior and an inspiration to us all!!!  I feel sadness on occasion, but mostly I feel blessed to have been her Brother and Friend in this short life!!  We have all learned from such a strong Person!!  My heart bleeds today!!

I Love You Dori! 

May 3, 2018

Hey Buddy- It’s so hard to believe that it’s been a year since we lost you. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about you. I miss you so much that my heart still hurts and you’ll Always  have a piece of it. I smile as I think of all the wonderful times we’ve had. As I Thought about the conversation we’d have on your birthday I can hear you say how I’m a year older than you, we’d just laugh cause although only by 2 months you’d always have to say by a year. I missed that call this year and all the other conversations we could  have had.  I’ve always hated being so far away from Ca and this year is no different. Your legacy my friend lives on within your family and friends. Thank you thank you thank you! You’re an inspiration for all.  As I look at the pictures of your celebration of life you touched so many people and still do. I know your dancing on tables and painting rainbows as bright as can be.  My friend always and forever.  I love you. 

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