Mar 302011

Dolores “DeeDee” Gallegos Dowers answered the Lord’s call on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, after waging a four-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Services were held Dec. 27, in Phoenix for her family in the Valley and many friends from Honeywell. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, at St. Joseph’s Church in Winslow. She will be laid to rest in the Winslow Cemetery where her family members are buried.

Dolores was the sixth child born to Liberato and Juanita Gallegos in Concho on March 30, 1931.

The family moved to Winslow when she was a young girl. This is where she met and married her first love, Ralph Chavez. Dolores worked as a Harvey Girl at La Posada and at the Winslow Laundry.

Dolores moved to Phoenix in 1968, trained for employment with General Electric, and eventually retired from Honeywell.

She was a loving mother, a gentle and forgiving soul, and loved to care for people. She would feed and help anyone in need. She loved to visit with family and friends, cook and put together a party, go camping, attend family reunions, dance and just enjoy life. As owners of the Cholla Restaurant in Holbrook, DeeDee and PeeWee (Verlin) sponsored a successful Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon fundraiser.

Survivors include her husband, Verlin Dowers; two daughters, Maxine (Archie) Bazan and Alexis Dowers; three sons, Leroy Chavez, and Wylie and Jeff Dowers; and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and extended family members.

She was preceded into eternal life with Our Lord by her first husband, Ralph Chavez; two sons, Ralph Chavez Jr. and David Register; one daughter, Mary Chavez; her parents; three brothers, Paul, Larry and Max Gallegos; and three sisters, Sadie Perez, Lucy Gutierrez and Fela Gonzales.