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Dorothy Louise (Thomas) Ayan
August 5, 1929 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Dorothy Ayan Obituary
On January 1, 2024, Dorothy Louise Ayan (née Thomas) died peacefully. She will be deeply missed by her two children, Jordan (Jan) and Kathryn Alsegaf (Hadi), two grandchildren, Ashley Hashimoto (Keaka) and Christopher Ayan (Monica), and her three great-grandchildren, Iliana Ayan, Kai Hashimoto, and Judah Ayan.
Dorothy was born on August 5, 1929, to Edward Thomas and his wife Mae (née Anthony) in Scranton, PA. Dorothy was 94 years of age, but as she reminded us early on January 1, she was in her 95th year. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Kimon (Kim), her parents, Ed and Mae Thomas, her brother Ted Thomas, and her sister June Lundy.
Dorothy attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, majoring in Sociology and Art History. She was employed as a social worker by the Campbell Soup Company after graduating and lived in Philadelphia, PA. She and some friends decided to take a weekend trip to New York by bus. Bus seats were assigned in those days, and she was given a seat next to a young man from Istanbul, Turkey. That chance seat assignment sparked a relationship with her seatmate, Kimon Ayan, culminating in a 63-year love-filled marriage.
Kim and Dorothy were married in Scranton in 1956 and moved to Cowansville, a small town in Québec, Canada, where Kim went to work as a textile engineer for a company named Albany Felt. Dorothy was a homemaker and raised the couple's son and daughter. Kim’s work took the Ayan family around the world, and they lived in the Netherlands, Canada, New York, South Carolina, and Australia. In 1994, after Kim retired, the couple moved to Sun City West, AZ.
Dorothy made friends quickly and was an avid storyteller. The stories of her travels and adventures were often filled with humor. With all of the family's travels, she lived by the motto, “Bloom where you are planted,” and she encouraged her family to follow this simple philosophy. Along with Kim, she explored every continent except Antarctica. She was an avid and accomplished watercolorist, drawing inspiration for her many paintings from her travels.
A funeral service will be held at Advent Episcopal Church at 13150 W Spanish Garden Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375, on January 20, 2024, at 11:00 AM. The service will also be live-streamed from the church at https://www.adventaz.org/livestream. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to one of these charities: