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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:


 

Advent Episcopal Church

Gifts to The church can be made online at:

https://www.faithstreet.com/church/advent-episcopal-church-sun-city-west-az/giving

Gifts may be mailed to:

13150 W Spanish Garden Dr.

Sun City West, AZ 85375

Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Research

Gifts to The Mayo Clinic can be made on-line at:

https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/give

Please select “other” and write in Alzheimer’s Research

Gifts may also be mailed to:

Mayo Clinic Rochester

Attn: Department of Development

200 First Street SW

Rochester, MN 55905

If you send a check, please note that it is for Alzheimer’s Research.

 

 

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Funeral Service
Saturday
January 20, 2024

11:00 AM
Advent Episcopal Church (Spanish Garden Drive, Sun City West, AZ)
13150 W. Spanish Garden Drive
Sun City West, AZ 85375

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