Obituary of Dolores M Tarry
Dolores M. Thomas was born on January 23, 1928, in Toledo, Ohio. She was the daughter of Chellis B. Thomas and Bernadine (Larrick) Thomas. Dolly, as she would be commonly known, attended, and graduated with the class of 1946, from Woodward High School in Toledo, Ohio.
One of Dolly’s greatest passions was her love of sports, particularly whatever her seven sons played. She wore their team colors with pride, and her vibrant enthusiasm made her an unforgettable presence in the stands. In fact, Dolly was not just any fan; she was once named Fan of the Year for her unmatched dedication and remarkable spirit. Her contagious excitement even spread among fellow parents and spectators, creating a joyful atmosphere at every game.
Dolly and her husband, Donavon, dedicated an astounding twenty years of their lives as scout leaders. They recognized the importance of building character and nurturing the potential of young minds. The duo poured their hearts into guiding and mentoring countless children, instilling in them values of teamwork, resilience, and leadership.
Dolly lived life with an unrivaled spirit, always seeking adventure and spending countless hours on her husband's boat, the "Satin Doll”, where she would cast a line and patiently wait for the perfect catch. Dolly and Don also embarked on numerous adventures together, traveling across the globe from Europe to Australia and even to the picturesque shores of Hawaii. Their wanderlust led them to explore new cultures, taste diverse cuisines, and create cherished memories that endured for a lifetime.
Above anything, Dolly enjoyed spending quality time with her family. Dolly’s greatest joy in life came from gathering her extensive family together, with Thanksgiving being her favorite event. Her warm and inviting home was transformed into a refuge of love, laughter, and was filled with the heartwarming aroma of a feast prepared with care and tenderness. Year after year, she effortlessly hosted upwards of sixty family members. Dolores had a remarkable knack for making each person feel special, and her love knew no bounds.
Dolores M. Tarry, age 95, of Erie, passed away at 6:05am on Sunday; July 2, 2023, at MediLodge of Monroe. Her passing was preceded by her husband: Donavon; three sons: David K. Tarry, Douglas E. Tarry, and Dennis E. Tarry; a brother: Kenneth L Thomas; and a sister: Patricia A. Porter and three grandsons: Infant, Dennis G. Tarry, his brother, Kyle R. Tarry, and Brian Tarry.
To cherish her memory, Dolly leaves a daughter: Deborah (the late Michael) Brown of Erie; four sons: Donavon G. (Dianne) Tarry of Erie, Dwayne A. Tarry of Brunswick, Ohio, Daniel K. (Julie) Tarry of Erie, and Darrell G. (Sheryl) Tarry of Dundee; twenty grandchildren; and twenty-three great grandchildren; a beloved sister-in-law: Joann Thomas; nephews: Steven G. Porter and Kenneth L. Thomas; and two nieces: Melanie S. Hollifield and Melyssa P.D. Johnson.
Guests are invited to assemble between 1:00pm and 1:30pm on Friday; July 7, 2023, at Merkle Funeral Service, Erie; 9156 Summit Street, Erie, Michigan 48133 (734) 317-7199. A procession to Toledo Memorial Park; 6382 Monroe Street; Sylvania, Ohio will take place at 1:30pm for a graveside service to be held at 2:00pm at the cemetery.
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