Dorla Deane McGonagle

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McGonagle, Dorla Deane

Dorla Deane McGonagle, 85, passed away on March 20, 2017.

A devoted daughter, mother, grandmother and friend, she is survived by her daughter, Minda McGonagle, Minda's husband, David Disko, and granddaughter, Lauren Akin.

Dorla thrived on purpose and involvement. Moving to Santa Fe in 1964 with her husband and daughter, she served in the hospital auxiliary, junior welfare, garden club and Panhellenic. Dorla loved to dance. She was a high school cheerleader then the first freshman varsity cheerleader at the University of Northern Colorado and member of the Sigma Kappa sorority. As a mom, she was involved in her daughter's activities including as coach of the Horsemen-ettes dance team at St. Michael's High School. Moving to Albuquerque, Dorla became known as "Mrs. Mac" the house director for UNM's Chi Omega Sorority.

Once retired, Dorla brought her parents to Albuquerque to care for them and spent much time enjoying her granddaughter.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held Thursday, April 20, 2:30 pm at the Courtyard Marriott Journal Center. Dorla will rest in peace with her parents, Owen and Evelyn Sims, in her beloved hometown of Sterling Colorado.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 16, 2017