Dolores Marilyn Walters (née Wallin) went to be with the Lord on Dec. 1, 2016. She passed away under Hospice care at 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. In 1948 she married Robert I. Walters whom she had known for many years from the neighborhood and school.
The marriage produced four children, Terrence (Terry) Walters of Wilmington, NC; Gerald (Jerry) Walters living in Sedona, AZ; Kerry Walters of Woodbridge, VA; and Diane (Walters) Phillips of White Lake, MI. Dolores was a devoted and loving mother for the children while they were growing up in Detroit and later Dearborn, MI, and excelled at every aspect of homemaking, especially sewing and cooking. In 1987 she and her husband retired to Fairfield Glade, TN, where they had vacationed for several years prior.
There Dolores became involved with the Ladies Club and soon became the primary organizer for their many trips, tours and cruises. As an avid and lifelong reader she volunteered with the Friends of the Library in Crossville and volunteered in the office at Habitat for Humanity. She was a member of FG Methodist Church during her years in Tennessee and later with All Saints Church after moving to northern Virginia in 2013 to be nearer family.
She leaves to morn her sons and their spouses, Terry & Laura, Jerry & Jan and Kerry & Susan Walters; and her daughter, Diane Phillips. Also, grandsons Bryan and Andrew Walters, Alex and Greg Phillips, and granddaughters Jennifer Djouadi, Heather Millen and Melissa Martin. Dolores 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 and sister, Avis Bowman, also passed within a few short weeks, on Dec. 23, 2016, and joined Dolores in Heaven.
Although Dolores will be sorely missed and loved by all that knew her, her entire family and 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.
Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home & Crematory in Dale City, VA, was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on January 9, 2017