Dorothea Eisan Cairns Kerr

Dorothea Eisan Cairns Kerr

Dorothea passed away after a brief illness in Roseville, Calif. August 8. 2017. She was vibrant and socially engaged until suddenly falling ill at age 95. Born and raised in St. Helena, daughter of Frank and Lena Eisan, Dorothea grew up on a walnut ranch with her brothers, Oliver and Melvin. By all accounts hers was a wonderful childhood. She married her high school sweetheart, Grant Cairns, in 1942. WWII brought a number of relocations with Grant in the military. After the war they returned to St. Helena, raising their family, until the Berlin Airlift called Grant back into the Air Force. After completing a career in the Air Force, Grant and Dorothea returned to St. Helena and resumed ranch life. When their marriage ended Dorothea went on to have a successful career as a floral designer, owning her own shop in Vacaville with her second husband, Robert Kerr. Upon retiring Dorothea and Bob moved to Woodland where they resided until Bob’s death in 1999. In 2000 she left Woodland for life in a Rocklin retirement community closer to family. She always made friends easily so life in Springfield was enjoyable and there was ample opportunity to play bridge, her favorite pastime. In 2015 she chose to make the move to Oakmont Assisted Living, again finding bridge playing friends. Reading and bridge consumed her latter days. Dorothea is survived by her son, Kenneth Cairns, her daughter, Nancy Pace and family, and her nieces. Her talent and charm left an indelible impression. She will be missed by many. No service was held in accordance with Dorothea’s wishes.

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