Dolores Amelia Wolfe will always be remembered by her love for others and for Jesus Christ. Her faith remained unwavering until the Lord brought her to her heavenly home on May 2, 2016. She passed peacefully at home and spent her last hours surrounded by her family.
Dolores was born on July 8, 1940 in Willows, CA. She was raised on a farm by her mother and father, Aurelio and Isabel Domingo with her 2 brothers, Richard and Alberto. Eventually they moved to the “city” of Woodland California where her and her brothers enjoyed “Happy Days” as teenagers in the ’50s. To the delight of her family, she shared many stories of music, dances, new automobiles and her experiences as a carhop.
She was valedictorian of her high school class, went to Beauty College and spent her early career days as a Beautician. She was the family hair stylist and frequently enjoyed having three daughters to experiment on. Later in life, she obtained her Real Estate License and worked as a Real Estate agent and escrow officer. She continued to work until she became ill as an Administrative assistant at Advanced Eye Medical Group.
She met and married James Boyce Spaulding in Woodland where they had three daughters Laurie, Kerry and Julie. They lived in Woodland until Jim was transferred to Redding CA. Her love for Northern Californian lakes and mountains blossomed during this time. Mount Shasta and Lake Tahoe were among her favorite places on Earth.
As her life progressed, she divorced, remarried and took the name Dolores Wolfe. Shortly before her first grandchild was born, she divorced a second time. Her grandchildren enjoyed the focus of her affections for the remainder of her life.
Raised in the Catholic Church, she regularly attended San Francisco Solano in Rancho Santa Margarita. Through a desire to grow closer to God, she also regularly attended Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) classes.
It was through Bible Study Fellowship that she developed a passion for God and His Word. She grew in her love for Jesus through Bible Study. As a BSF class member for 20 years, she marveled at how God’s Word was “living” and always provided fresh insights and applications to her life. Her enthusiasm was contagious and spread to her children and grandchildren. God used her mightily in their lives as she persuaded them to enjoy the study with her. One of her favorite things to do was to talk about God and praise Him.
Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
As cancer treatment began, Dolores courageously embraced her circumstances, bravely trusting in a Sovereign God whose peace surpasses all understanding. She refused to be defined by cancer, considering every moment a gift and an opportunity to learn more about grace, gratitude and trusting God in all things. Her trust in God’s plans and provision never waivered and she was loving, gracious and fiercely loyal until the day Jesus called her Home.
She loved everything that had anything to do with her children, grandchildren and Jesus Christ. She loved selflessly and her passions were evident in everything she did. She delighted in serving others, large family gatherings and most of all, chocolate.
She adored her children, Laurie, Kerry and Julie; grandchildren; Richie, Steven, Danny, Kimmy, Nicolle, Crystal, Michelle, Christopher, Shaelyn and Connor and great-grandchildren Katie, Emily, Xavier and Arianna.
She often referred to her children and grandchildren as her greatest gifts and made each one feel as if they were her favorite.
Her positive contributions to the character of each family member are beyond measure. Even outside of family circles, it is not uncommon to hear someone say “I am a better person because I knew her”.
To say she will be greatly missed is an understatement. We hold on to the eternal hope that although she in not with us now, through faith in Jesus Christ, we will one day be reunited eternally.