Dorothy Ragland



Dorothy Ragland, on Jan. 2, 2020, finished her tasks on this world and with dignity and honor peacefully passed away in the Cal-Vet home in Fresno.

She was born Dorothy Mae MacLeod on May 11, 1924 to parents Donald and Doris MacLeod in Washington, D.C.

On the return trip home to the United States after visiting her grandparents in Scotland on the SS Athenia, she, along with her mother, sister and brother on Sept. 3, 1939, would be among the passengers of the first British ship sunk in World War II. Dorothy would serve in the U.S. Navy as a stenographer/secretary and was honorably discharged in 1945.

She married James “Scotty” Brooks and began a family in Los Angeles. Then in 1962 moved up to Oakhurst, Calif., to raise the family in the mountains.

Dorothy worked at the Sierra Star for many years as a contributing writer and assistant editor. She remarried Cal Ragland and lived in Southern California for many years and lived in many other places, including Oregon and Washington state, finally returning to Fresno to live out her final years.



Dorothy is survived by her daughter Christine Lindley and husband Edward Lindley of Fresno; sons, Andrew Brooks of Oakhurst, Gordon Brooks and his wife Karen Brooks of New Hampshire; grandsons Mark Lindley of Fresno, Thomas Brooks and wife Erin, William Brooks, and Daniel Brooks, also of New Hampshire; great-grand daughter Lyria Dorothy Brooks of New Hampshire; nephew James Dick and wife Jackie of Lancaster, Calif.; and nieces Doris Blazenski of Redmond, Ore. and Mary Bupp and husband Jamie of Redwood City.

All of us do gratefully thank the Veterans Administration, the CalVet facility in Fresno and Hinds Hospice for their kindness and care.

Services will be determined at later date.

One response to “Dorothy Ragland”

  1. Lyle Lemen says:

    A member of America’s greatest generation. Thank you for for service Dorothy.

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