For Dolores Louise Burgess Evans, it really was about the journey as much as the destination. “Tootie” loved to travel, and would hop in the car (more often than not, driving bare-footed) at a moment’s notice to go to the beach, hang out with a friend for a few days, head on over to Cherokee to spend her kids inheritance (as she used to say) playing the slots and blackjack, or just go and explore. On January 7, 2015 at age 79, “Red” (yet another nickname, from her beautiful red hair, bountiful from the day she was born) took her final journey, succumbing to the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Dolores was born in Detroit on October 28, 1935, the only child of Dale Burgess and Margaret Zimmerman. As a child, her summers were spent at Lake Pleasant (just north of Detroit), with her grandparents and large extended family, swimming, playing cards, and roller skating. After graduating from Seaholm high school in Birmingham, MI, Dolores married “Charley Brown” Beaver, had two sons (Kenneth and Robert Beaver), divorced, and went to work in the accounting department at the GM Tech Center, where she stayed for 23 years, meeting her eventual second husband (Ken Evans), and retiring in 1990. Most of Dolores and Ken’s retirement years were spent in Southern Pines, NC, golfing, traveling, and socializing with friends new and old. After husband Ken’s passing in 2000, Dolores moved back to Raleigh/Cary where she was able to hook up with a bridge club, join the Unitarian Universalist Church, see son Bob (a resident of Durham) on a regular basis, and make many trips to Chattanooga to visit son Ken. Even though she had moved far away from home, family was always very important to Dolores. To give the many relatives who winter in Florida a chance to get back to Michigan, a celebration of Dolores’ life will be held in the Detroit area in late April or early May, at a specific location and time to be established.
Dolores is predeceased by first husband Charles Beaver, second husband Kenneth Evans, and survived by sons Kenneth Beaver and Robert Beaver, and granddaughter Natalie Beaver. The family suggests that any remembrances be directed to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, at www.alzfdn.org.
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