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Jo Betsy Dorame

April 13, 2018


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DORAME, Jo Betsy March 24, 1939 – April 13, 2018. Jo was born in Hayward, CA to Zelma and Clyde Burleson. Jo peacefully passed away in Santa Rosa under the care of Memorial Hospice. Her family and friends were by her side, holding her hands, and showering her with love until the end. Jo was 79. She is survived by daughters Sonia Dorame and Sara Bard, son-in-law Zachary Bard, sister Joan Hromalik and brother-in-law Mark Hromalik, grandsons Patricio Dorame and Nicholas Bard, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins, and many good friends. In the sixties, Jo worked as a Social Worker in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties for over ten years. It was always important to her to help those who needed assistance. She was also a life-long political activist. In fact, Jo and Gil first met while working on a Fair Housing Campaign in Alameda County. Throughout her life, she worked on many causes and campaigns, making a difference in many lives. Her goal was to have a better world for all and she succeeded. Jo and Gilbert moved to Sonoma County in the early seventies where they bought the house they lived in for the remainder of their lives. Jo’s true work began when she made the decision to become a stay-at-home mother for her two daughters. “It was so important to be there for my girls anytime they needed me, got hurt, or had a question about anything.” She was always there for them and their many friends who affectionately called their house a “second home” and knew Jo and Gil as “Mom and Dad Dorame.” Jo and Gil welcomed everybody into their home without pause and with open arms. Jo was beloved by all who knew her and leaves a legacy of hard work, love, friendship, and family. We will miss her every day.