Delores Brown Zacher, 89, of Anacortes, went to be with the Lord on October 6, 2011 at San Juan Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Holmesville Township, Becker County, Minnesota on March 15, 1922, the second child born to Delbert J. and Gladys Hazel (Olson) Brown. Delores moved to Anacortes in 1929.

She married Alphie Carpenter on January 13, 1940 and Robert Zacher on October 17, 1952. Delores was a foster parent for 16 years and had over 600 children in her home.

She was a member of Madrona Chapter OES, and Hatasu Temple Daughters of the Nile.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Alphie Carpenter and Robert Zacher and companion, Charles Hopke; brothers Orlo, Maynard, and Archie Brown; sister Florence Cook and Grandson Roby Aschim.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Alphie (Bud) and Peggy Zacher of Anacortes, WA; daughters and sons-in-law, Deanna Joe and Lyle Aschim of Sedro Woolley, WA, Randee and Mike Lamonte of Burlington, WA and Lielanie Carabba of Anacortes, WA. Delores is also survived by her grandchildren and spouses: Jeri Mohamed, Kobi Aschim, Keri Antsen, Dena & Steve Dawson, Scott & Dana Zacher, Shamay & Mark Andrich, Francis Roane, Rachael Knake, Shawn Lamonte, Ronelle & Roy Christianson and Krista & Scott Fisher; great-grandchildren, Misha & Camrin Aschim, Tyrel & Cheyanne Pritchard, Kiele & Mike Claybo, Brianna & David Messinger, Roby Antsen, Candace Robinson, Taylor and Taryn Dawson, Chris & Sara Zacher, Colton Zacher, Zachery, Cole and Jivon Andrich, Tasha & Matt Bunch, Leyna & Matt Tracy, Andrea Bigham, Elliot, Ethan and Sydney Fisher; great-great-grandchildren: Mikahla Aschim, Jaedyn Flowers, Dyllan Osborne, Buckly Laswell, Cherokee and Remington Pritchard, Tyler Wasson, Callie and Gracyn Smith, Race Dichesare, Ty, Liahm and Brock Messinger, Ava and Emma Zacher, Carren Bunch, and Riley Tracey. She is also survived by her brother and spouse Richard & Juanita Brown of Oak Harbor, WA and sisters-in-law Alice Carpenter and LalMeva Brown.

A memorial service will be held Monday October 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Anacortes, WA. A reception will follow at the Masonic Hall in Anacortes, WA. Donations may be made in Delores' name to New Hope Christian Fellowship or to your favorite charity.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.

To share memories of Dee, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Oct. 8, 2011