Obituary: Dotti Bloom
July 30, 2009
Life began for Dotti on a ranch in Tabernash on June 4, 1922. She was the third of four children and life was not always easy in those days. Her mother became paralyzed from the waist down in 1925 and her Dad passed away in 1927. Around that time, the family moved to Hot Sulphur Springs where Dotti met Clif Bloom who ran the Red & White grocery store there. They eventually eloped and were married on Jan. 17, 1942.During the war, they lived in Oklahoma and Texas where Clif was a flight instructor. They eventually moved to Denver and raised their two boys, Gary and Bill. Their first home was the Pierce Hotel in Downtown Denver. They then moved to 13th and Kalamath and then to 29th and Poplar and then to 3112 So. Monaco Circle in 1966. Dotti’s Mother, Marie “Dodo” Woolums lived there with the family and Dotti was her care giver until Dodo passed away in 1969.In the ’50s, Dotti became interested in bowling and added it to her other interests of fishing, camping, golf, water and snow skiing. She became particularly interested in bowling and was the President of the Denver Women’s Bowling Association for 12 years. She was instrumental in bringing the Women’s National Tournament to Denver in 1976. Her crowning moment was when she was voted into the Denver Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985 which she also helped to establish. She continued to be active in local and national tournaments until just a few years ago and was bowling in the Homesteader’s League until late in 2008.One of her favorite interests was working at the Colorado Rockies Baseball games as a host and an usher. She did that for six years until 2006.She considered Grand County to be her home away from home and visited her friends regularly there. She would say “I need to go ‘up home'” and we always knew that meant a trip to Fraser, Tabernash, Granby, Grand Lake or Hot Sulphur Springs. You could always be sure that Dotti would give you the straight goods. She was always honest with everyone and was not afraid to give an opinion if it was asked for. She could walk into a room full of angry people and in five minutes have them all feeling good about themselves. And she would be the first to say that she didn’t know how she was able to do that. She was just being herself.Dotti’s passion was helping people and she did it with style, grace and class. She will be greatly missed by all who touched her life.