This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dorothy Walker 82 years old , born on May 18, 1936 and passed away on December 17, 2018. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Gloria Judd on December 17, 2019
I have wonderful memories of Christmas Eve's spent at Dorothy's home. She really knew how to put together a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner, and her Christmas decorations were beautiful. Every year I bought her a rocking horse for her Christmas collection and she bought me a Santa decoration. Eventually our tradition was to meet at a great restaurant in downtown San Francisco, The Cliff Home, or perhaps, The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. There we would have a wonderful Christmas lunch surrounded by the beauty of the downtown San Francisco holiday ambiance. We both loved living in San Francisco. She is missed especially at this time of year.
Posted by Lisa Keene on July 5, 2019
Oh, my sweet SuperFan Dorothy! I first encountered you running up the stairs in Section 315... with 10 minutes to spare before first pitch. Our friendship grew through emails and then texts via Your always-the-latest iPhone and iPad. I will cherish our lunches and SF excursions outside the ballpark. I’m honored to have shared three World Series Wins with you. You were as proud of “our boys” as if they were your own - because they were. Rest In Peace, my friend.
Posted by Bobbie Brubaker on April 29, 2019
We miss Dorothy’s humor, joy and ruthless play at the game board. She was generous and fun to be with.
A light has gone out at the Carlisle, but leaves fond memories.
Posted by Kelly Kendle on April 15, 2019
My wife and I bought season tickets to the Giants the year the new ballpark opened. A couple of years later, we got a bonus - our seat neighbor, Dorothy Walker. We have had a number of ticket partners over the years and they all looked forward to sharing a game with her. She was the ultimate Giants fan and a we shared many high fives. We will miss her dearly. Kelly and Belinda Kendle.
Posted by Eugene Protopappas on April 8, 2019
Dorothy was one of my earliest clients when I began my career in San Francisco .. over 40 years ago Dorothy booked a standing appointment every 3rd Saturday morning.... she was always early i was always late. She had such a great sense of humor and could tease me and make me laugh something that continued for all these years. When the Giants were losing, Dorothy would complain about bleeding orange and black... She was always kind outspoken and generous... Always in the weeks before Christmas, dropping by with a basket of gifts.. When I didnt see her before Christmas i was afraid something was amiss... she was pleasure to be with smf sm honor to know. may her memory be eternal..Eugene
Posted by Tom Boardman on March 26, 2019
My earliest memory of Dorothy was in our family kitchen in Thorp, when she brought Joe home to meet the family in Wisconsin. Even then she seemed exciting and full of life. I really connected with her years later when I attended graduate school in Oregon and began visiting San Francisco. I later moved to SF and Dorothy became my guide to the city’s politics and cultural treasures. We shared a lot of experiences, both good (splitting my 1989 World Series tickets) and bad (the trauma of the earthquake of the very same year). After I moved to Japan we stayed in touch with frequent phone calls and I visited whenever I returned to the States. Dorothy’s passing has hit me hard. She never gave the impression that she was moving toward the end. Always planning new adventures, keeping current, and adopting new technologies. She always seemed to be just beginning. Like Gordon, I had a long phone conversation with her the Saturday before she died. She sounded strong and enthusiastic and was looking forward to the Christmas season she loved so much. I have lost a friend, a mentor, a beloved aunt, and a lovely person.  I miss her greatly.
Posted by Richard Boardman on March 24, 2019
I remember meeting and visiting with Dorothy as I was growing up as a child.  I always thought she was so pretty, so gentle and so kind. I immediately saw the Boardman resemblance and smiled because I thought she and my dad had some very similar features. I never really visited with her much, yet I remember always looking forward to seeing her and being in her presence. Dorothy was loved from a distance and by those who knew her well.
Posted by Gloria Judd on March 21, 2019
I met Dorothy in the 1980's when I started working as a nurse in the Special Care Nursery for sick infants at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. Dorothy was the nurse practitioner in the unit. She was great at her job and highly respected by the nurses and physicians in the Pediatric Department. Dorothy was always a voice of maturity and reason, and she and Dr. Valerie Charlton ran the unit. After she retired we developed a tradition of meeting every year for Christmas lunch in downtown San Francisco and exchanging gifts, and Dorthy's gift was always an addition to her Christmas rocking horse collection. She was a lover of golf until she was unable to continue with the physical demands of the sport, she enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, and she was a huge Giant's fan. Dorothy was a classy lady and I always admired her, and now I will miss her.
Posted by Jill Valerio on March 19, 2019
My husband and I received the gift of meeting Dorothy at the SF Giants games. While we did not know Dorothy for a lot of years we did get to know her for the past few years at the ball games in the upper level section behind home plate rooting for the Giants. We always look forward to game day but knowing we would see Dorothy was an extra bonus! She loved the game, new the game and loved listening to the announcers on KNBR during the game - all the while my husband and her would laugh and share the funny moments from our great SF Giants commentators during the game. She was well known to all in the section. She will be missed :( and there will not be a home game we attend that we will not remember our new found friend and SF giants community family member Dorothy. You are already missed Dorothy - hugs Jill and Nick Valerio
Posted by Gabriel Gregoratos on March 16, 2019
In the brief time Dorothy resided at The Carlisle we learned to appreciate her friendliness and straightforwardness. She was happy to be here and we were happy to have her as a valuable member of our community. We were devastated to lose her so suddenly and are missing her very much.
Posted by Gordon Koltis on March 16, 2019
Aunt Dorothy, I am glad that we had so many enjoyable phone calls with each other, especially the day before you slipped quietly away. And, Just two days before, when I was texting you pictures from my mother's Boardman Family photo album. I am really going to miss you, and our get-togethers in San Francisco, when I came to visit.
You were truly my favorite aunt.
Gordon
(Gordon G. Koltis, MD)

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Posted by Gloria Judd on December 17, 2019
I have wonderful memories of Christmas Eve's spent at Dorothy's home. She really knew how to put together a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner, and her Christmas decorations were beautiful. Every year I bought her a rocking horse for her Christmas collection and she bought me a Santa decoration. Eventually our tradition was to meet at a great restaurant in downtown San Francisco, The Cliff Home, or perhaps, The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. There we would have a wonderful Christmas lunch surrounded by the beauty of the downtown San Francisco holiday ambiance. We both loved living in San Francisco. She is missed especially at this time of year.
Posted by Lisa Keene on July 5, 2019
Oh, my sweet SuperFan Dorothy! I first encountered you running up the stairs in Section 315... with 10 minutes to spare before first pitch. Our friendship grew through emails and then texts via Your always-the-latest iPhone and iPad. I will cherish our lunches and SF excursions outside the ballpark. I’m honored to have shared three World Series Wins with you. You were as proud of “our boys” as if they were your own - because they were. Rest In Peace, my friend.
Posted by Bobbie Brubaker on April 29, 2019
We miss Dorothy’s humor, joy and ruthless play at the game board. She was generous and fun to be with.
A light has gone out at the Carlisle, but leaves fond memories.
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Obituary - A Glimpse At Her Beautiful Life

Dorothy Mae Walker (Boardman) passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully at her apartment in San Francisco on 17 December 2018.

Born on 18 May 1936 in Thorp, WI, she was the youngest of 11 children born to Grace Mae (Christian) Boardman, and Melvin C. Boardman, Jr. ("Frenchie").

She was preceded in death by her siblings: Ruth Mae, Earl Ephraim, Lawrence Louis, Helen, Donald, Melvin Jack (Jack) Owen William (Bill), Daisy Eleanore, and Francis Roger (Roger).Shortly after Dorothy’s passing, the last of her siblings, Cora Grace, passed away ending that generation of the Boardman family.

After graduating from the local high school, she completed one semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and then transferred to the Milwaukee County School of Nursing, and completed a three-year program receiving a diploma as a Registered Nurse.

Later in her career she completed the program at the UCSF School of Nursing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program (PNP), and was one of the first of her kind in the USA.

She worked briefly as a nurse at Milwaukee General Hospital, and thereafter spent 18 months at the Kaiser Hospital in Honolulu as a float nurse then as Head Nurse of that Emergency Department.She made her way to San Francisco working at UCSF as a staff nurse, in coronary care, as a surgical scrub nurse and general nursing. Eventually she practiced nursing at UCSF Ambulatory Care in Pediatrics, where she became the Head Nurse of the Pediatric Clinic. As noted above, she enrolled and completed the USCF Nurse Practitioner Program, and returned to the same clinic as both Head Nurse and PNP.

She further advanced the quality of care at the inpatient New Born Nursery, where she founded and developed the Nurse Practitioner role in neonatal and pediatric care.

She served on, and chaired, many medical committees, and ultimately retired from the UCSF Department of Nursing.

As a young nurse in San Francisco, she met and married the love of her life, Joe Walker, who passed away only a very short time after they married. She never remarried.

There were no brakes on Dorothy’s directive to live life to the fullest.She traveled the world well into her later years, became an avid golfer, volunteered as an usher for the San Francisco Opera, Symphony and Ballet, and was a volunteer for the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums, and at the SF Botanical Gardens for well over 20 years.

She demonstrated her historical knowledge of San Francisco as a docent for the Haas-Lilienthal House.She was a skilled bridge player, and was a member of the Asian-American Bridge Club until the time of her death.

The ultimate demonstration of her enthusiasm for life in San Francisco was as a long-time season ticket holder of the San Francisco Giants, of which she rarely missed a game and enjoyed the view from her box seat directly behind home plate.

After this long story, the short story is that Dorothy was a strong, self-reliant, smart and enthusiastic woman, who contributed much to the world of nursing on many levels, loved San Francisco, contributed broadly to her community, and enjoyed every moment of her life, and everyone who ever met her could only say that they admired, respected, and loved her for the tremendous person that she had become.

A memorial and celebration of her life will be held on Friday 12 April 2019 at 10:00 AM at the San Francisco Columbarium and Funeral Home at 1 Loraine Court.

Donations can be made in her memory to:

1. The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (EIN 9401415317)

2. The Salvation Army (EIN 58-0660607), and/or

3. La Casa De Las Madres (EIN 94-2330864)


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Dorothy said "Never stop believin!"

Shared by Lynne Houghton on April 12, 2019

"Never stop believin!" This is what Dorothy's said in her email right after the Giants clinched the World Series, Game 7, which was a game that required some faith.

We met Dorothy at a Giants game where we shared View Reserve, Section 315, overlooking the San Francisco Bay but more importantly in view of our favorite team.

This photo was taken at the end of Game 5 of the 2014 World Series. Needless to say this win was needed and all the others to follow to take the series.

Dorothy went to all the games while we shared seats with a group of season ticket partners and our extended friends and family. The common denominator for all of us is our fondness for Dorothy.

..... "Section VR315 will be a little less vibrant this year without Dorothy. I hope she’s got the best seat in heaven, right behind home plate, so she can cheer along with us."

..... "She was a great lady and VR 315 will not be the same without her. We will hear her cheering (and cursing!) her beloved Giants this season and in all the years to come."

..... "She will always be remembered with great affection by all of us. Maybe she felt our Giants needed her help as a guardian angel."

..... "Dorothy was a highlight of every game I attended. I will miss her dearly."

..... "Dorothy was the most committed Giants fan I know!!"

..... "All of my partners express their sadness in hearing of her passing.She was inspirational as a Giants fan and as a person... Please let Dorothy's immediate family know that her Giant's family will miss her high five's at the ballpark."

We will do our best to "never stop believin" without Dorothy sitting next to us. She was an amazing and dedicated fan of the Giants, and we will always be her fan.

With affection, her Giants, VR 315 Family