Dolores Catherine Hedlund was born on May 28, 1929 to parents Arthur and Marble Armstrong in Seattle, Washington. She went home to be with the Lord on January 2, 2021 at her home in Sumner, Washington surrounded by her family who loved her beyond measure.
In 1963, Dolores married the love of her life, Virgil (Virg) and together they raised five children. The family enjoyed many camping trips and family gatherings throughout the years. While raising a family, Dolores also worked part time for some friends who owned a small corner grocery store. She liked working with the public and often times let her children help out at the store, which made them feel very grown-up. When she wasn’t working, Dolores enjoyed cooking and baking. Each year she would begin baking Christmas cookies and listening to Christmas music in October in order to fill tins with cookies to give to all her friends and family. Her pies were hands-down the best in town.
Following retirement, Dolores and Virg took many trips throughout the United States in their motor home with family and friends and enjoyed cruising to Alaska. Dolores’s favorite place to visit was the beach and she was always up for a trip with her children and grandchildren, even for just a weekend. In 2000 Dolores and Virg moved from Sea-Tac to Sumner, Washington and quickly became involved in the St. Andrew’s Parish community. She was an active member of the Altar Society and volunteered regularly at the Emmanuel Food Pantry. Even when she could no longer volunteer, she was included in lunches and events with the “Tuesday Crew” from the food pantry, which brought her much joy. She was also an avid reader and often shared books with her sister Marilyn. Her family always joked that they could not find enough books for her to read.
Dolores is survived by her children Carol, David (Gloria), and Kathy (Russ) along with her grandchildren Adam, Aaron, Jessica, Rachel, Casey, Jacob, Mackenzie, Robbie, and Sarah and her great grandchildren Brayleigh, Kennedi, Wyatt, Violet, Dylan, and Jaylynn. She is also survived by her sister Marilyn and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents Arthur and Marble, her husband Virgil, her sons John and Brian, and her brother Arthur.
In her 91 years, Dolores touched the lives of many. For her family, she instilled a strong sense of faith, family, and tradition. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her, but she will remain in their hearts forever.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Dolores on January, 2021 at 12:00 noon. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1401 Valley Ave, Sumner, WA 98390. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the service is limited to family only.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity close to Dolores heart: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org.