Independent, spirited, and loving, with a quirky sense of humor, Dolores embodied living life to the fullest.
For over 33 years Dolores was a dedicated educator promoting literacy in public schools. She took pride in her effectiveness as an educator and in the personal relationships she cultivated. Her aptitude in both was evident when after she announced her retirement, her colleagues insisted she return to jump-start the school library program.
Dolores was a woman who lived with zest. She loved to travel with her husband Bob and family and took pleasure in discovering the subtle nuances of new cultures. While at home, she and her husband independently managed a working farm and embraced the challenges and tranquility of the rural lifestyle. Driving tractors, caring for newborn calves, and wading through waist-high snow were all in a day’s work.
Her vivacious personality was matched perhaps only by her vibrant gardens. She and her husband were master gardeners with several of their gardens featured on garden tours, local papers, and regional magazines. True to her love of people, Dolores kept cookies and lemonade on hand for any passerby who would stop to admire the spectacular gardens.
Dolores was also an avid sports fan. Dolores and Bob were active in Lake Superior State University hockey, leading the booster club and recognized by the university’s president for their service. Michigan State Spartans also received Dolores’ enthusiastic support. Everyone knew not to disturb Dolores during a Michigan State game and were equally aware a cheer of “Go Blue” ran the risk of an icy glare and withheld dessert! Upon moving to Colorado, Dolores continued her love of sports; she followed the Denver Broncos intently and was a first-rate “armchair quarterback.”
Never one to tolerate boredom, Dolores’ participation in the sporting world was not limited to the sidelines. She was a passionate exercise instructor and remained active throughout her life. She even completed a 5K months after hip surgery and a month before her 90th birthday, winning first place in her age group. Her charm was on full display as she would confide that she was the only runner in her group!
Above all, Dolores was a devoted mother to her children and grandchildren. Annual Christmas gatherings at her northern farmhouse were a cherished family tradition. Replete with homemade stockings, sugar cookies, igloos, and blueberry pie, Dolores fostered a magical atmosphere.
Dolores was born in 1926 in Illinois to Don and Florence Lauder. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University where she met her future husband Bob in French class. They would remain happily married until Bob’s death 58 years later. She is survived by her children Diane (Joel), Carol (Carlos), and Bob, her 7 grandchildren, along with her brother Don.
Dolores showed a genuine interest in people and had a gift for making each person feel special. In turn, this sincerity brought out the best in others who treasured their time spent with her. She will be truly missed and warmly remembered.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society for Ovarian Research at donate3.cancer.org. Comments for Dolores can be submitted through firstname.lastname@example.org.