Dolores Marilyn Walters (née Wallin) went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. She passed away under Hospice care at her apartment in Potomac Place Assisted Living in Woodbridge, VA, after a relatively short but steady decline in her health.
Dolores was born in Detroit, MI, on Oct. 22, 1932, to Eugene and Myrtle Wallin. She and her sister Avis Bowman, grew-up in the Grandale neighborhood of the city and attended Coolidge Elementary School and Mackenzie High School. In 1948 she married Robert I. Walters whom she had known for many years from her neighborhood and school.
The marriage produced four children, Terrence (Terry) Walters currently in Wilmington, NC; Gerald (Jerry) Walters of Sedona, AZ; Kerry Walters of Woodbridge, VA; and Diane (Walters) Phillips of White Lake, MI. Dolores was a devoted and loving stay-at-home mom for her children while they were growing up in Detroit and later Dearborn, MI, excelling at every aspect of homemaking especially sewing and cooking. She enjoyed reading, visits to Lake Michigan and playing Pinochle for relaxation. Later, she worked at Flint Ink in Redford, MI, for approximately 15 years until she and her husband retired to Fairfield Glade in Tennessee where they had vacationed for several years prior.
In Fairfield Glade, Dolores was very involved with the FG Ladies Club and soon became the primary organizer for their many trips, tours and cruises. She enjoyed playing bridge and as an avid and lifelong reader she volunteered with the Friends of the Library in nearby Crossville. She also volunteered in the office of Habitat for Humanity. She was an active member of Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church during her 25 years in Tennessee and later with All Saints Church after moving to northern Virginia in 2013, to be nearer Kerry and Susan and other family members again.
She leaves to mourn her sons and their spouses, Terry and Laura, Jerry and Jan, and Kerry and Susan; and daughter, Diane Phillips. Also, grandsons, Bryan and Andrew Walters, and Alex and Greg Phillips; and granddaughters, Jennifer Djouadi, Heather Millen and Melissa Martin. She also leaves seven great-grandsons, a great-granddaughter, many extended family members including a nephew and three nieces including her niece Judith (Judi) Bowman whom she loved as a "second daughter."
Her only sibling, sister Avis Bowman, also passed within a few short weeks on Dec. 23, 2016, joining Dolores, their mother and father and many other family members in Heaven.
Although Dolores will be sorely missed and loved by all that knew her, her entire family, many extended family and friends, were blessed to be able to visit and say their goodbyes over the Thanksgiving Holiday and remain by her side during her last days.
A memorial service celebrating Dolores' life was held at the All Saints Church (Anglican) of Woodbridge, VA, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. As she requested, her remains will be placed in the Memorial Garden of Fairfield Glade Methodist Church in a private garden service on Oct. 6, 2017, atop the beautiful Cumberland Plateau.
Published on September 11, 2017