|Birth: ||Jun. 16, 1909|
|Death: ||May 22, 1986|
San Bernardino County
Dorothea was the youngest daughter of Alfred Hiram McKim and Cora Ellen Fullerton. 1st she married William Somers Sherman on Nov. 26, 1925 in MO. 2nd. she married Louis H. Nabor on April 13, 1930 in Long Beach, Ca. and 3rd. She married Alver Earl Brumet on July 11, 1949 in Ca. Dorothy had no children, but she more than made up for it by spoiling her nieces and nephews!
Dorothy was quite the character and the eccentric one in the McKim family. She was well off and very generous towards her family. She is the one who paid for the cemetery plots that her parents and sister Luella are laid to rest in.
Dorothy loved to sew, embroider, make lace and tatting, and she collected everything imaginable. Her vintage button collection alone numbered in the thousands! Because she had lived during the depression, she became a hoarder and was afraid to get rid of anything. Determined that herself and her loved ones would never go without, she stocked piled all sorts of useful necessities. She had several of every small appliance imaginable, a slew of cooking utensils, a grip load of dishes, and mountains of linens and towels! She had enough fabrics and thread to open her own fabric store and I won't even go into the shoes, hats, and purses she owned! Dorothy sewed diapers for her nieces and nephews and then for their children. She often sent care packages to relatives for no reason other than to do something nice for them because that was the way she was.
Dorothy owned and operated a motel named "The Edge O' Town Motel" in Long Beach, Ca. until the big Long Beach earthquake unnerved her so greatly that she sold her motel. In her later years, Dorothy had a talking parrot that would mimic her almost to perfection! One of the best remembered lines the parrot would say was "Earrrrrrrrrrl Telephone"! She loved to rumage through the local swap meets and had an electric wheel chair that got her around town very nicley.
For all Dorothy's goodness and generosity, she was also a very fragile person. Although, it was never properly diagnosed at the time, she suffered from a chemical imbalance that interrupted the quality of her life at times, but she always managed to keep moving forward.
A debt of gratitude is owed to Dorothy because she is the main family member responsible for saving many of the family treasures; such as pictures, letters, and family documents.
There has never been anyone like Dorothy in the McKim family since and I doubt there ever will be. Even her death caused quite a controversy within the family. She is buried next to her 3rd husband Earl Brumet, both parents, and her sister Luella.
Note: Died In FONTANA CA
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Plot: The Cedars
Created by: KRW
Record added: Jan 10, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6081586