Dolores Lehmann died at home peacefully in her sleep near midnight on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Memorial service: Will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4000 Midway Road, 972-447-9887. The Lehmann family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 972-238-7111. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift to the Scholarship Fund of Prince of Peace Christian School, 972-447-0532. Dolores was born Nov. 14, 1928, in Oak Park, Ill., the daughter of Dorothy and Elmer Schumacher. Dolores' higher education started at Morton Junior College in Cicero, Ill. After a couple of years at the University of Illinois
in Champaign-Urbana, she transferred to the University of Wisconsin
in Madison where she met future husband, Elroy, working at her dormitory waiting on tables. Dolores received a BA degree in journalism from UofW in January 1951. Dolores and Elroy married in Elm Grove, Wis., on Sept. 8, 1951. In June 1952 Elroy completed his graduate studies and that fall they moved to Middletown, Conn., where Elroy was an assistant professor of geology at Wesleyan University. Early in their marriage Dolores discovered two things she cherished almost as much as her family -- art and foreign cultures. In 1958 Elroy's Fulbright Professorship at the University of Karachi in Pakistan was the start of their lifelong exploration and discovery of foreign people and their culture. Residences in Libya, Egypt and Argentina followed during the years from 1959 to 1990. During these years, Dolores accumulated a large collection of ethnic materials, especially that of the Bedouin women of the Sahara. In Karachi, Dolores discovered she loved teaching. In 1965 they returned to the States (Dallas) on assignment for Mobil Oil and Dolores took advantage of the opportunity to get a BA and MA in education. Her master's studies at SMU prepared her to work in special education for the learning disabled in Richardson, Chappaqua, N.Y., and Cairo. They returned to Dallas, where Elroy retired in 1985 and Dolores discovered her interest and artistic abilities in creative art-metal work. In her home studio Dolores designed and made a wide variety of art objects. These were shown and sold at art shows throughout the U.S. from 1990 until 2005, when poor health compelled Dolores to stop her art work. During the early 1980s she was one of the founders of the International Women's Club of Dallas. Whenever she was resident in Dallas, she was an active member of the Dallas Geological & Geophysical Women's Auxiliary, especially the Garden Club. Her interest in community was evidenced by her active membership in the Bentwood Republican Women's Club of Dallas of which she was president for several years. Throughout the years Dolores lived in Dallas she was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. She especially enjoyed caring for the large assortment of potted plants throughout the sanctuary and offices as well as being involved in the POP Care Ministry to the community. She was preceded in death by her parents and her only sibling, Harold. Survivors: Her husband, Elroy; daughters, Deborah and Melissa; and grandchildren, Paul, Eleanor, Samantha, Rex, Casey, Regan and Karl.