Quietly passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital.
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She is survived by her only remaning sister, Verda Baldinger of Reaton, Washington, her son Michael Buchanan (Snow) of Portland, Oregon, daughter Wendy Wildeman of Calgary, daughter Robin (Fitzgerald (Bill) of Courtenay, six grandchildren: Melissa, Ryan, Michael, Johnathan, Blake and Katelin and 13 great-grandchildren.
Born during the great depression in picturesque Carmel, California, Dolores was the youngest of 11 children. Growing up in poverty taught her many life lessons. She had a deep sense of family, she knew the value of hard work and the need to persevere. She understood that the generosity shown to her, needed to be returned. She developed a great sense of humour early on in her life - something that remained with her until the end. Our beloved GiGi - a kind and generous woman, with a warm spirit and a great big heart, will be deeply missed.
Funeral Mass was held Sept. 20, 2013 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Eternal rest grant unto her oh Lord and may perpetual light shine upon her.
Published in Comox Valley Echo from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2013