Canyon Lakers are grieving the loss of their friend and active community member, Dorothy Cable, who died October 11, 2015 after the acute myeloid leukemia she fought into remission more than a year ago returned with a vengeance earlier this month. Despite her determination to fight again, and her willingness to undergo a powerful chemotherapy regimen, Dorothy lost her battle and was sent home with hospice care last weekend.
Dorothy Reader Cable was born January 11, 1932 in the family home in Bell, California. Her mother died when she was very young, and she was raised by her sister Lillian. Lil’s daughter Marlene was like a sister to her “Aunt” Dorothy and remained so throughout their lives.
Dorothy met the love of her life, Ken Cable, at a teen dance when they were both 17. Ken was in the Army when they met and he traveled from Fort Ord each weekend to visit his girl. They married on February 20, 1954 but didn’t live together for two years; he was a Sheriff’s deputy stationed at Wayside Honor Rancho in Castaic and she was enrolled in the resident nursing program at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.
Dorothy went on to have a distinguished career in nursing, nursing education, and eventually became the head of the Department of Nursing Education at Downey Regional Medical Center where she taught LVN students. She maintained her nursing license from 1956 to now.
Dorothy and Ken have been Canyon Lake property owners since 1976. Dorothy drew the floor plan for her dream home on Pintail Drive to fit on their lot overlooking the Main Lake. From her drawing, local architect Billy Maxwell designed their house and a local contractor built it. Ken and Dorothy moved into their new home 1982.
Finally here full time, Dorothy, a successful oil painter, became active again with her brushes and palettes. The walls of her home are covered with her work and some of her paintings hang in other homes throughout Southern California and the Southwest.
She also became a staunch supporter of the Travel Club, the Fine Arts Guild, the Woman’s Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the Emergency Preparedness Committee.
“It’s hard to use the phrase ‘Dorothy’ without mentioning ‘Ken’ or to say ‘Ken’ without also saying ‘Dorothy,’” says one long-time friend. “They were together always and attended every Canyon Lake event together – from concerts and plays to Chamber mixers and major local events.”
Dorothy is survived by Ken, her husband of 61 years; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Becky; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Jill; and grandsons, Daniel, Kenneth and Zachary; as well as her niece Marlene Frusher and many other nieces, nephews and extended family members with whom she was very close.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 17, at Canyon Lake Community Church at 11 a.m. In honor of Dorothy’s bright spirit and cheerful disposition, those who attend are encouraged to wear colorful clothing.
Canyon Lakers also are invited to attend the burial services at Riverside National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 20, at 10:30 a.m. Anyone may make a contribution in Dorothy’s honor to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at lls.org.