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Dolores Avery Constantine passed away Thursday, April 22, 2010.
Born in New York City, Dolores grew up in Michigan and New York during the Great Depression. Working in New York after World War II, she met and married a young seaman named John Constantine. John later joined the Air Force and Dolores moved their household, which was eventually six children, around the world - from Long Island, N.Y., to France, the Philippines, North Carolina and finally Alamogordo.
Once settled into southern New Mexico, Dolores was really able to invest time and effort in the local community. She had volunteered for the Boy Scouts while overseas to support her eldest children, and now began a long association with the Girl Scout council. She participated in craft-making drives for sales to support St. Jude's Catholic Church. Her faith was deep, and she was a Catholic in the true sense of the word. She was a founding member of the Alamo Doces, a local co-operative extension group. Dolores also found time to attend New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, eventually finishing an associate's degree.
Dolores never discovered a new crafting technique that she didn't like, but she was especially good at textiles. Her embroidery gained many first-place ribbons at the Otero County Fair. She also produced beautiful quilts, and was partial to the double wedding ring and cathedral windows patterns. Those quilts are already family heirlooms.
In her later years, Dolores had to pare down her activities due to health concerns, first for John and then for herself. She died peacefully in the hospital with her youngest son, Paul, and her eldest daughter, Maria, at her side. She will be sorely missed.
She is survived by three sons, two daughters, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Constantine, and her second son, John Thomas Constantine.
The family will greet friends Sunday, May 2, 2010, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 2, 2010, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home with Father Tom Hoffman, S.J.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2010, at St. Jude's Catholic Church.
The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 25 to May 30, 2010
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