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Dorothy Kidd
A memorial service and reception was held Friday at First United Methodist Church in Modesto for Dorothy Redman Kidd, 97, of Modesto. The former Ceres resident died Feb. 18, 2008 at English Oaks Convalescent Hospital in Modesto.

Born July 16, 1910, Dorothy Mae Redman was a native of Twin Falls, Idaho, and came to California when she was five. The family lived in Hughson, Ceres, and on Fairmont Street in Modesto. When the children attended the Departmental School on 17th Street in Modesto the family owned a ranch in Ceres, where they raised peaches and apricots. Later the Redmans had a ranch on Sylvan Avenue. She graduated from Modesto High School in 1927, and earned an AA degree at Modesto Junior College in 1929, and d a diploma from State Teacher's College of San Jose in 1930. In 1936 she earned a California Life Diploma to teach elementary school.

She met her husband, Milton L. Kidd at Centenary Methodist Church in Modesto. After they were married in 1933, Dorothy left the faculty at Mountain View School near Turlock and raised their two children at the Kidd ranch on Pauline Avenue. Dorothy later became a substitute teacher at Paradise School, and helped on the dairy by photographing and registering Kidd Farms cattle.

She was a supporter of Heifer Project International and after her husband's death traveled to Peru and Central America with a group organized through the First United Methodist Church to visit communities that received animals. An active member of the local Methodist Church, in 1971 Dorothy served as vice president of the California Nevada Conference in the Women's Society of Christian Service, and, in the years following, traveled in that capacity to meetings of the United Methodist Women. An avid reader, she initiated and reviewed books for a church book club which on occasion met in her home. In 1974 Dorothy moved to Modesto. She traveled in the 1970's and 1980's to England Scotland, Ireland, Europe, Alaska, Egypt and Greece.

She leaves behind her children, Mary Jo Corbett of Novato, and David Kidd of Los Angeles; two grandchildren, Will Corbett and Daryll Kidd Hinckley; and her great-grandson, Wade Corbett.

Remembrances may be sent to First United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /March 12, 2008