|Birth: ||Nov. 18, 1932|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Aug. 26, 2012|
Dolores Evelyn Borowski was born at home in Huntington Park, California. She was the third of three children born to John Anthony Borowski and Mildred Mary Schorer, who divorced in 1934. Dolores' two brothers went to live with their father, and Dolores was raised by her mother and step-father, Frank Bailey Bowen.
Dolores had a close relationship with her mother, who passed along an appreciation for the finer things in life, a steadfast work ethic, unmatched talents in the kitchen but most of all, a deep and abiding love of family. There was nothing that Dolores enjoyed more than a family gathering. Like her mother, she didn't smoke and rarely drank, but she was always the life of the party.
Dolores was a graduate of South Gate High School, Class of 1950. She married Al Stover, a young World War II Army veteran and machinist for Firestone, in 1951. Together, they raised five daughters, living at first in Norwalk, then Lakewood, before moving to suburban Portland, Oregon in 1967.
Dolores believed strongly in community involvement. After overcoming city bureaucracy, she opened the first of several kindergartens, not only as a business venture, but also because she saw a local need. After she retired to her beloved Oregon Coast, Dolores was a member of the Lions Club, serving as president and secretary, and she was a two-time winner of the Helen Keller Award. She was also the longtime director of the Rockaway Beach cleanup program. Dolores was an expert at sewing and quilting and she grew beautiful dahlias.
In many ways, Dolores was ahead of her time. Devoted to her brother Walter "Wally" Bowen, she was tolerant and accepting, an admirable character trait we need to see more of today. She was unafraid to speak her mind, but she never did so in anger. Dolores knew what she wanted in life and she went for it, and let no one tell her otherwise. She was an excellent storyteller, with the comedic timing of Lucille Ball. Dolores lived and loved well, and she was exceedingly thoughtful of others.
Dolores was one of a kind, a larger-than-life personality and she will be tremendously missed. Rest in peace and thank you, dear daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, cousin, auntie and friend.
A heartfelt thank you to Big Ern for sponsoring Dolores' memorial. Your generosity is truly appreciated.
John Anthony Borowski (1905 - 1994)
Mildred Mary Schorer Bowen (1908 - 1971)
Al Bert Stover (1926 - 2013)
Dolores Evelyn Borowski Stover (1932 - 2012)
Walter William Bowen (1935 - 1985)**
Willamette National Cemetery
Plot: Columbarium 5, Row 624, Site A
Created by: James Burke
Record added: Aug 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96036334