Dorothea M. Ameral 79, Brookings, died Jan. 20, 2001, in Brookings.

She was born April 28, 1921, in Concord, Calif., to Manuel and Pearl Fortado.

She was raised and educated in Concord.

She married Victor Ameral in Placerville, Calif., in 1938. She was a homemaker.

Survivors are her daughters Marian Ameral, Brookings; Linda Butler, West Covina, Calif.; sons Robert Ameral, Placerville, Calif.; Edward Ameral, Medford; Richard Ameral, Laughlin, Nev.; Terry Ameral, San Jose, Calif.; Ronnie Ameral, Placerville, Calif.; Tim Ameral, Tulare, Calif.; Joseph Ameral, Los Angeles; brother Raymond Fortado, Roseburg; sister Margaret Rodardi, San Jose, Calif.

Also surviving are 24 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband; son Victor Ameral Jr.; daughter Ellen Ameral.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. at El Dorado Community Church in Placerville, Calif.

Interment at El Dorado Cemetery will follow the service.

Arrangements are under the direction of Litty Funeral Directors, Brookings Chapel.