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Wanderous (Wanda) Lewana Dozhier, age 92, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2022 in Lodi, surrounded by those who loved and cared for her. She was born on Nov. 23, 1929 in Durant, Oklahoma, and attended school and grew up on a farm in Finley, Oklahoma, until she moved to California where she met and married Julius Dozhier.

Eventually locating in Galt, Wanda was active in the lives of her sons. Their home was the gathering place for all her boys’ friends, and she treated everyone as if they were her own.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Velma and Joe Gay; brother, Thomas Gay; and husband, Julius (Sherlock) Dozhier. Surviving Wanda are four sons, Carlos, Joel, Randall and Steven; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wanda worked as a nursing assistance and home health aide until she retired. Residents in the care facility could tell when Ms. Dozhier was working by her distinct voice ringing up and down the hallways, laughing and telling them it was time to eat or go to therapy.

After retirement, Wanda worked with Meals on Wheels, the Galt Women’s Center, and the clubhouse where she lived, staying busy and always in charge. She loved working outside in the garden and pruning her beautiful red geraniums. She loved to read, and surrounded herself with books; at any time day or night, you would find her reading.

Wanda enjoyed serving others, lending a hand, sharing her spicy personality and telling stories of times past on the farm.

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