Aunt Dorothy was born December 2, 1912 to Clifton Leslie McNeill (1884-1969) and my paternal grandmother Mattie Mae Walker (nee. Needham, 1884-1938), and was affectionately known as "Pat." When Mattie divorced Clifton and married my grandfather Keith Glen Walker (1894-1980) in 1916, he legally adopted Dorothy. So she was my father's half-sister. But to hear my Dad tell it, there never was any recognition of any familial differences among the siblings, they all treated each other like full siblings.
Finding anything on Aunt Dorothy has been very hard, perhaps because she only lived 36 years; Perhaps because she was a woman, perhaps she lived under the radar.
Pictured above is my Aunt Dorothy and my father.
Whatever the case, while scoring an obituary is often quite commonplace in family research, for me scoring Aunt Dorothy's felt like a home run! From the Oakland Tribune - December 19, 1948, Oakland, California:
Dorothy (left) parties with two unnamed friends.
NITZSCHE -- In Oakland. December 16, 1948. Dorothy Grace Nitzsche, loving wife of John M. Nitzsche; daughter of Keith Walker, sister of Mrs. Genifer Gordon, Mrs. W. L. Wistrom, Violet Walker, Mrs. Leroy Strasheim and Arthur, Rlaph(sic), Paul and Wayne Walker. A native of Nebraska; age 36 years.
Friends are invited to attend services Monday, December 20, 1948, at 1 o'clock p.m. at the Truman Chapel, Telegraph Avenue at 30th Street. Dr. Harold Kelley, officiating.The next step is to try and discover her gravesite and get a picture. So here is to you Aunt Dorothy, from a nephew who never met you, but is somehow sure he loves you.
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