Dorothy (right) with her grandmother Francis Sentek, Carole, and her mother Clara
Dorothy and Carole at their first communion
The sisters shared everything including boyfriends. Dorothy met my grandfather, Walter "Babe" Ross, when he dated Carole. They eloped in 1935 and had four children - Diane Carole (named after Carole), Buck, Sharon (my mom), and Bill. Carole was jealous of Dorothy's happy family life. She used to say that Dorothy should give her one of the kids because she had so many. Dorothy and Walt didn't like the Hollywood scene. At a party Bing Crosby patted Dorothy's bottom and Walt punched him! Dorothy was a selfless person, sister, mother, and grandmother. She had a spirit and unique way about her. She had everyone's interest at heart and always wanted the best. I believe that part of who Carole was and her giving heart came from my grandmother. Dorothy and Carole were like one soul and they always will be. My grandmother told me Carole was like her baby! When Carole passed away it was very painful and heartbreaking for Dorothy but she has always carried her memory on through her family. I'm so thankful that she did that for me and for my children to see that our family has relatives that are giving, loving, and wonderful. They are the ones to inspire us and to freely be who we are made to be and we can achieve anything!!!
~ Written by Tammy Powell, Carole's great-niece and Dorothy's granddaughter