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Dorothy Richards Zopf

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Dorothy Richards Zopf

Dorothy Richards Zopf

Dorothy Richards Zopf, 89 years old, died peacefully on June 4, 2018, at Taos Retirement Village. Her husband of 50 years, George Zopf, predeceased her in 1999. She is survived by her son, Richard Zopf, of Yellow Springs;  and her daughters, Amy Wohlert (Joseph Cecchi), of Santa Fe, N.M., Sarah Bent, of Allentown, N.J., and Emily Zopf (Robert Bresnahan), of Taos, N.M.; as well as five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren in the U.S. and France. Her sister Meg Salman (William Salman) and two nephews reside in Santa Fe.

Dorothy’s most acclaimed achievement is her book, “Surviving the Winter,” the result of a 10-year survey of quilt-making in rural New Mexico. The book received the Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association in 2001. Her own quilt-making was both artistic and meticulous, with all the quilting done by hand. She had a long career as an art teacher in the public schools and excelled at a broad range of arts and crafts as well as being an adventurous cook and a charming host. She continued learning and exploring new media even in her 90th year.

She supported her husband’s desire for frequent changes of scene by supplying the energy and ingenuity to create comfortable homes and firm friendships in locations ranging from the east coast and Midwest to full immersion in the daily life of Naples, Italy, and finally to the towns and villages of northern New Mexico. She grew to love Taos and became an active member in the community for over 37 years. She will be missed by many, many friends, admirers, students and family members.

The family is grateful for the care and friendship she received from her fellow residents and all the staff at Taos Retirement Village. In her final months, Mountain Home Health Hospice provided exceptional support and care. 

Family will gather in Taos this summer for a private memorial to celebrate her life. If you wish to make a contribution in Dorothy’s memory, please donate to your favorite art or art education organization.

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Dorothy Richards Zopf

by YS News Staff