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Obituary: Dorleen Mallis

Dorleen Greta Mallis, 89, died July 6, 2019.

Mrs. Mallis was born in San Francisco. Her parents, Herman and Pauline Ray, brought her, their only child, to Tucson when she was six months old. She was a proud Tucson High Badger and UA Wildcat. Soon after graduating, she married Albert Mallis. While raising four children she ran family businesses including Ray Water Company until she was 85 years old. She was an active community volunteer, and as she liked to tell the story, “a female wrassler.” For many years, she served Congregation Anshei Israel as the executive secretary to the rabbi and cantor.

Survivors include her children, Harlen (Cheryl) Mallis of San Anselmo, California, Gary (Inge) Mallis of Scottsdale, Janlyn (Malcolm) Bales of London, and Rhonda (Joe) Rosenbaum of Tucson; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Cantor Janece Cohen of Congregation Or Chadash officiating, followed by interment in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery.