Delores grew up in Connecticut, moving to New York City later in her teenage years. While living in New York, she pursued a career in real estate and moved west to California to continue her career. While in California, she became involved with the casino nightlife, working in the Rainbow and Horseshoe Casinos in Gardena, Calif. She worked her way up from a chip girl to a card dealer and eventually gave that up to semi-retire to Ontario, Calif. In 1990, she fully retired and moved west to Las Cruces, NM. This is where she found her true calling as a line dance instructor and choreographer. She formed the line dancing group known as the Chili Peppers. They competed in numerous Senior Olympics at both county and state levels, winning first place on several occasions.
Delores was an independent and creative thinker who was full of life. Whatever she did, she did with great dedication and vigor. She was someone you could always depend on. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She leaves behind two nieces, Rhonda van Buren and her husband Robert of Northborough, Mass. and Cheryl Ramalho and her husband John of Ashland, Mass.; two great nieces, Sarah Van Buren of New York, NY, and Jill Ramalho and her husband Timothy and son Ryan of Ashland, Mass.; two great nephews, Adam Van Buren and his fiancée Meghan Farrar of Somerville, Mass., and Scot Ramalho and his wife Susan and two sons Jonathan and Christopher of Northbrdge, Mass.; and cousin, Janice Pulsifer of Marlborough, Mass. She is predeceased by her mother Pearl Violet Cobb, her father John Furlong, and sister Jeanne Gallagher and her husband Vincent. Donations may be made in Delores' memory to Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary. Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. at Getz Funeral Home with Dr. Robert Donohue officiating. Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave. To sign our local online guestbook, please log on to www.GetzCares.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 26, 2014