DELL, DOROTHY PATRICIA, the light in many people's lives, spread her angelic wings and made her final journey to return to the comfort of the Lord and her son Frankie on February 16th, 2014. Keeping to her wishes till the very end, daughter Patricia Cogul and grandson Joseph Cogul made her final days as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Thanks to the help of Vitas nurses and staff (namely Elia, Maria, Julie, Jude, and Yvette) her comfort, happiness, and health were cared for in such a loving and tender way, that they felt like family. Although Dorothy didn't have the most pleasant life in many respects, she never let that down her. She went from working as jewel distributor during the Depression to selling jewelry at Jordan Marsh in her 50s. With only a 10th grade education and business school to back her, she brightened the lives of her 3 children Patricia, Carole, and Frankie, her grandchildren, and anyone who got the opportunity to meet this remarkably sweet and compassionate woman. She always had a way of imparting wisdom onto you, even when you never asked for it. Knowing the right words to say when you thought there were no words that could be said. Giving you the courage to conquer something you thought was impossible, until she showed you how possible anything is. Bringing happiness to your ears every time she laughed her iconic laugh. Her warmth and compassion combined with 94 years of wisdom, made her the greatest mentor, mother, grandmother, and person there could ever be. She deeply cared for her husband Frank C. Dell (deceased), daughter Barbara Carole Dolan, son-in-law Daniel Dennis Dolan Sr. (deceased), grandson Douglas D. Dolan, grandson Daniel D. Dolan II, his wife Kristen Dolan, her great granddaughter Libby Dolan, her best friend Mary Majesky and husband Jimmy, friend and "adopted daughters" Linda Adler and her sister Donna, close friend Roger Williams, the Brooks Family (Jane, Ian, Cameron, Daniel, Ann, and Kirsten), dear friend and sister Jackie; all those who cared for her at Alice's Hair Salon and the Publix on 117th avenue; Starbuck's Manager Loida, and everyone else who brought happiness into her life. May she rest in eternal peace sniffing the flowers and dancing the night away. Young and happy once again, amongst the clouds of solace; mingling, sharing stories, and laughing with those that preceded her. We can all see your beautiful smile spread across the sky when we wake up and when we sleep. You will always be in our hearts.
Published in Miami Herald on Mar. 9, 2014