Dorothy Jean Haley, a long-time resident of Torrance, CA, passed away at home on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Dorothy was 83 when she died. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dorothy graduated from Manual Arts High School, where she met her husband of 56 years, Lee Haley Sr. They moved to Torrance in 1956 to raise their 3 children, Lee Haley Jr., Ellen Haley (Johnson), and Fredelyn Haley (Marcucci). One of the kindest persons to ever grace this earth, Dorothy was quietly a lifelong 'care giver', devoting her life to her family, friends, and community. She was involved with PTA and school activities, her high school reunions, and donated time to the South Bay Auxiliary (South Bay Hospital gift shop) for more than 40 years. She enjoyed bowling, tap dancing, yoga, pilates, crossword puzzles, bridge, and gardening. Dorothy will long be remembered for giving a unique, special touch to everything that she did and everyone that she knew, never having a bad word for anyone, and believing in moderation, understanding, and compassion. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Margaret Spalty, and her husband Lee. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Anne (Higbee), her brother, Robert Spalty, her 3 children, sons-in-law Doug Johnson and Mark Marcucci, 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. A private Celebration of Life for Dorothy will be held at the family home on September 2. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Bay Auxiliary (514 No. Prospect, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, Attn: Dorothy Haley Memorial).

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  1. I never met Dorothy but feel as if I knew her through my relationship with Lee. He loves his Mother and took very good care of her following the loss of his father. Husband and wife are now reunited in heaven. Thankfully she did not suffer long. When someone leaves this world they remain in the hearts of those that love them.

  2. Mom Haley was loving with a smile that made you feel comfortable and loved. A simple touch to the hand made you know things were ok and that she was there for you as a friend. Mom Haley was a very special lady and will remain as one of the sweetest memories of my youth.

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