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Dolores Apodaca ALFOND Dolores Apodaca Alfond was the Chairperson and a founding member of the National Alliance of Families for the Return of POWs and MIAs. She passed away peacefully on December 2nd. Dolores came to the POW/MIA issue the day her brother Victor was shot down over North Vietnam, on June 8th, 1967. After the Vietnam War, she worked on her brother's behalf. Her efforts went public, joining other POW/MIA families forming the National Alliance of Families. In what can only be described as an uphill battle, Dolores made the Alliance a respected and honest advocate for our missing service men, women and their families. She dedicated her life to our unaccounted for POWs and MIAs. She worked tirelessly, feeding stories to the media, working the phones, writing letters, walking the halls of Congress and testifying before various Congressional Committees. She made it her life's work to bring the issue of our POWs and MIAs to the public and hold Washington accountable for their return. Dolores was born Feb. 24th, 19??. She grew up in Colorado with her parents and seven siblings. She did everything from working in a print shop to being a private investigator before going to work in the hotel industry. Dolores met her husband David, whom preceded her in death three years and one day prior to her passing, while she was working at the San Juan Hilton in Puerto Rico. They married in 1967 and two years later their son Michael was born. They lived in Puerto Rico until 1977 when they moved to France for three years. Dolores, David and Michael traveled the world visiting India, China, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Spain, Italy, East and West Germany, Finland, England, Kenya, Egypt and many more. While traveling Dolores, an amazing chef, tried to take cooking classes in every country they visited. They moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1980 joining other family already residing there. Dolores was preceded in death by her husband David (Dec. 1st, 2007), her parents, Victor Apodaca Sr. (Feb. 21, 1983) and Dora (June 14, 1996), her sister Bernice Quezada (May 18, 2007), her brother Richard (October 25, 1963) and Major Victor Joe Apodaca Jr., US Air Force, Missing in Action June 8, 1967, North Vietnam. She is survived by her loving son Michael Alfond, daughter-in-law Barbara, grandchildren Brandon and Rachel, stepson Steven (Elaine) Alfond, and their children Hannah and Charles, stepdaughter Brenda (Jack) Meyers, and her children Todd and Matt Swank, brother Leslie (Diane), many nieces and nephews and her three sisters; Janella, Eleanor and Joyce who were all very close to Dolores. Though miles separated them they stayed close speaking with each other regularly. A memorial service will be held on Monday Dec. 6th at 11:30am at Bellevue Christian Church and a luncheon at the Bellevue Club will follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the National Alliance of Families 2528 Poly Drive, Billings, Montana 59102.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 5, 2010
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