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“So sorry for your loss!! We enjoyed camping by them and ingham lake in Iowa. Dolores took my son in like a grandma. He really took to Dolores and...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Kathy Smith - Graettinger, IA

“I really don't know where to start........I know I put that I am a grandchild but they didn't have adopted Grandchild . I remember as if it was...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Corey Willems - Graettinger, IA

“Aunt Dolores was a special aunt. She definitely loved her family and talked about them with so much pride. I remember on one of our trips to Florida,...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Liza Baker - Estherville, KS

“What a sweet lady - always loving and kind. She always made me feel welcome in her home and at family events. She was so kind to my daughter Heidi ...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Michelle Simoneau-Buxton - FL

“My son Bruce became friends with the Carlson family back in the 90's. He always enjoys visiting with them and fondly remembers Mrs. Carlson's...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Bruce and Pat Caldwell - Tamppa, FL

“Delores and Earl took all of us kids in the neighborhood and invite us to dinner. We would stand in line like we were one of the Carlson's holding...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Cindy Lyman - Brooksville, FL

“With deepest sympathy ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Debbie Albright - Pinellas Park, FL

“Dolores and Earl were like second parents to me growing up and I am good friends with all their children. Does not seem 46 years have passed since we...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Rossana (Nana) LeStrange - Odessa, FL

“Pam and Joan and Family...our deepest sympathy to you at this time. Over the years working with Joan and Pam they talked of their Mom and I felt I...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Betty and Bob Harrison - FL

“So sorry for your loss. She was a special lady. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Delores and Ronnie Thomley

“Will always miss you momma. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Pamela Gonzalez - Land O Lakes, FL


Dolores always put others before herself and without hesitation! Often, times she set aside her own needs, in order to provide for her eight children. She made sure they had the things they wanted or needed…
Dolores met Earl at a military party, where they hit it off and so they married 3 months later! Being a Military man's wife was challenging at times, but she rose up to the task along with Earl, her husband. Dolores and Earl would spend the next 63 years as husband and wife!! They had eldest son Dennis in California, eldest daughter Joan in Iowa. They traveled to Okinawa, then Tampa. While be stationed in Tampa, FL. Michael, Pamela, Mary, Patricia and Diane were born. Next stop Gila Bend, Arizona where the baby of us eight; Kathy came along. After Arizona Dolores, Earl and the clan got stationed to Taiwan where the children went to an American school but had to try to learn to read, write and speak Mandarin Chinese. Then Earl got stationed to Vietnam for a year. Dolores lived with all eight children in Estherville, near relatives which was a great opportunity for her children to get to know the wonderful relatives. Dolores was known for her vegetable gardens, homemade cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies, cakes and bread. After Vietnam they moved to Miami and finally settled in Tampa, Florida.
The children grew up and Dennis stayed single others married Joan/Jack, Mike/Jan, Pam/Hector, Mary/Rick, Patricia/Ed, Diane/ Bill, and Kathy/John. Six grandchildren and their spouses: Chad, Jason, Christopher/Heidi, Becky/Gary, Michelle/Travis and Mike/ Crystal. Nine great-grandchildren: Jayden, Macarthur, Dillon, Connor, Cody, Christian, Jason, Miles and Alanis. Dolores made Earl promise before they got married that he would take her to church every Sunday. She was a devout Catholic and Sundays were always fun days for the family for bar-b-cues, homemade root beer floats, beaches, pools and parks. When traveling between Earl's Military assignments, the family used a three-seater station wagon and a tiny silver camper. The two brothers would sleep in the car with the seats down while the other eight people would crowd into the tiny camper.

As professed, by her now grown adult children, our childhood adventures have and will always be some of our most cherished memories! Our hearts are forever touched and our lives are a reflection of our mom and all she gave for us! She will be greatly missed and always loved. May she rest in peace.