Dolores Donohue Andrews passed away with her children by her side. She was born in Oak Park, IL. Most recently Dolores lived in Bonita Springs, FL with her husband, James E. Andrews. She was the loving Mother to Michael Ward (Andrea) and Catherine Gresl (Michael) and the doting Grandmother to Jack Gresl (15), Sophia Gresl (13), Mia Ward (12) and Mason Ward (10).
Dolores was always humble despite the many professional accolades she achieved, including: State of Michigan's first Bilingual Teacher of the Year Award, First Ladies of Michigan Award, Kalamazoo County's Remarkable Women Award, Lifetouch Award, Outstanding Teacher of the Award by the Michigan Alternative Education Organization, Outstanding Achievement Award from Clarke University as an educator in Kalamazoo Public Schools and listed in "Who's Who Among American Teachers." Dolores was a woman of extraordinary intellect and boundless kindness. She was a dedicated educator inspiring students from preschool to adult and senior citizen education for over 25 years. It was her tireless work beyond the classroom, her unique ability to make everyone feel heard and valued that made a difference in their lives.
Dolores' role as Grandmother is what truly defined her. She embraced every moment with her grandchildren, sharing stories and experiences of how to live with purpose, kindness, passion and love. Her protective nature, unwavering support and unconditional love for her family are the foundation of their unbreakable bond and they truly loved her in return.
Dolores will be remembered as a beacon of love, strength, beauty and inspiration. Our family sends our deepest gratitude to those who enriched her life as well. We are holding a private service with immediate family this Spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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