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Dorothee Reed “Mia” Foy

Feb. 22, 1930 - May 15, 2019 | Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:31 pm

Dorothee Reed “Mia” Foy passed away peacefully on May 15, 2019. Mia was born on Feb. 22, 1930 in Washington D.C. She was affectionately known as “Tutu” by her six children, 20 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Mia attended Catholic schools throughout her formative years in Washington D.C. and Chicago. Her Catholic faith remained a constant source of joy and strength throughout her life.

Mia attended Georgetown University where she pursued a degree from the School of Foreign Service. She was an exceptionally hard worker and landed a position on Capitol Hill working for Representative Pat Hillings for several years. Following her time with Hillings, she worked for Richard Nixon when he held the office of Vice President of the United States.

Mia married Allan Foy in 1957 and the couple moved to Pasadena, California for Allan’s position with the American Trucking Association. They had six daughters and enjoyed living in several beautiful areas in Southern California. Every summer the family vacationed at the Hotel del Coronado. These visits began her love for Coronado.

Mia had a penchant for travel, fine hotels, fashion and interior design. She designed the family home known as “Punta Place” in Palos Verdes Estates.

At the age of 49, Mia returned to college. She attended Washington State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Business Administration. Following graduation, Mia worked for hotels in Honolulu, Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills but her heart called her back to Coronado. She moved to Coronado in 1984 and kept busy enjoying her daughters and grandchildren, playing golf at Coronado’s municipal course, swimming at the Del, enjoying sand dabs at The Brigantine and cocktails at Peohe’s. She took long walks around the island and attended daily mass at Sacred Heart Church.

Everyone who knew Mia understood her fondness for the color pink, yellow pansies and ruffled socks. The Fourth of July and Fleet Week were two of her favorite annual celebrations.

Mia is survived by her six daughters: Michele Halligan of Bend, Oregon; Anastasia Jove of Castaic, California.; Denise Nielsen of Pacific Grove, California; Shannon Brown of Whittier, California; Chantal Strobel of Bend, Oregon and Noreen Pfund of Clemson, South Carolina; her 19 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and her younger sister, Anastasia Cowan of Greta, Virginia;. She is preceded in death by her husband Allan Foy; her grandson Austen Strobel; her great grandson Scott McOuat; her parents Loretto and Stanley Reed; her sister Betty Ann Paape.

A celebration of Mia’s life will be held on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 at 8 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 655 C Avenue in Coronado. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the nonprofit, The House Ear Institute, at 201 S. Alvarado St., Suite 809, Los Angeles, CA 90717. Donations can also be made online at