Delores was born at her family home on Lafayette Street in Aberdeen, Washington, on September 20, 1929. Delores graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1947 and attended the University of Washington where she earned a degree in Music Education.
Delores was a phenomenal musician and trumpet player. She broke several gender barriers in the music world, being the first woman brass player in the University of Washington Marching Band and the first woman brass player in the Seattle Symphony.
Delores traveled the United States in the early 1950’s as part of the Hormel Girls Caravan performing all over the country and conducting sales efforts.
Delores loved to travel and to perform. In 1954, she joined the USO and travelled to Japan and Korea to perform for American troops. She also travelled the South Pacific and Europe with the USO over the next several years. And in 1963, she travelled on an Around the World Tour. Her travels and adventures included backpacking through Olympic National Park, visiting the Korean DMZ (with USO), travelling around the United States and the Alaska-Canada Highway, visiting Western Europe (USO) and sites such as the Pyramids in Egypt.
Delores taught music to many junior high and high school students, as well as private pupils.
Delores continued to play with two community bands into mid-December before she became ill.
Her love of music and travel was passed on to her family and grandchildren. She took her grandkids to many special musical performances, taught them to play the trumpet/coronet, and went on many trips with them including to Alaska and the Washington DC area.
Delores’ biography is on file at the Aberdeen Historical Museum and she enjoyed sharing many items from her family and youth with the museum.
Delores passed away on January 6, 2013, from complications from severe pneumonia; her son and daughter-in-law were at her side. Her husband had passed away in 2006. Delores is survived by her son, his wife and 3 grandsons. Her family and many friends miss her.