Dolores Anne Church passed away on Dec. 4, 2012, at age 86. She was born in San Francisco on Nov. 24, 1926, to Clyde and Geraldine Anglim Burgess. She attended school in San Francisco until age 8.
During the depths of the Great Depression, she moved to Capell Valley, where she learned skills that would serve her well throughout her life. She attended Capell Valley School, then went on to Napa High, where she graduated in 1945. She married Robert Church on July 31, 1954, and they enjoyed 46 wonderful years together, until his death in 2000.
She loved the outdoors — even her honeymoon spent at deer camp. Together, the family took numerous camping trips. Dolores and Bob, with trusty metal detector in hand, would spend hours looking for “treasures,” and they found many through the years. She spent countless hours in her garden, then canned the bounty of produce she grew.
Her baked goods were wonderful, and her family prizes the many quilts she lovingly created. Many of her entries to the Napa Valley Expo won first-place ribbons.
She loved the holiday season and the many get-togethers spent with family and friends over card games, good meals and spirited conversations. She was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her children, Tina Greendale (Jim), Joan Dees, Donald Church (Sandy), and David Church (Andi); grandchildren, Jeffrey Paxton, Lynell Greendale, Andrew Church, Clayton Church, Dylan Church; and great-granddaughter, Alexandra Paxton.
She is also survived by her siblings, Gail Gagosian, Janice Burgess, John Burgess, Fred Burgess; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Church; son, Douglas Church; sister, Barbara Stone; and brother, James Burgess.
Friends are invited to her funeral on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. at Treadway & Wigger, and to a celebration of life at the Senior Center adjacent to Monticello Cemetery at Spanish Flat, where she will be laid to rest in the family plot following the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a charity fighting Parkinson’s disease, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.