Alwood Family

Dolores, 1942

Mary Dolores KerrAge: 93 years19222015

Mary Dolores Kerr
Given names
Mary Dolores
Birth August 4, 1922
Death of a husbandHorace Carl Alwood
December 31, 1973 (Age 51 years)
Cause: Heart Attack
Death December 12, 2015early (Age 93 years)
Cause of death: natural
Note: Dolores Alwood’s life ended peacefully on Wednesday morning, December 9, 2015, at the Queen Anne Man…
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Horace, De and Ben with cascara bark, Aberdeen, WAHorace Carl Alwood
Birth: May 8, 1918 27 23Edgerton, Alberta, Canada
Death: December 31, 1973Hoquiam, Grays Harbor Co., Washington
Dolores, 1942Mary Dolores Kerr
Birth: August 4, 1922Aberdeen, Grays Harbor Co., Washington
Death: December 12, 2015Queen Anne Maner, Seattle, WA


Dolores Alwood’s life ended peacefully on Wednesday morning, December 9, 2015, at the Queen Anne Manor in Seattle where she had resided for the past year. She was 93.

Dolores was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington on August 4, 1922, to Matthew and Ella (Murphy) Kerr. She lived in Brady, Montesano and Aberdeen while growing up with her three brothers, Charles, Walter and Robert and her sister, Eileen and a number of cousins. She attended grade school in Brady and graduated from Montesano High School in 1940.

Following her high school graduation, Dolores initially secured a position working for the then president of the Grays Harbor Business College, partly in exchange for tuition, but then decided on a career change and went to work at St. Joseph's Hospital in the diet kitchen. She lived at the hospital, worked hard for $40 a month and waited for Saturday night to head to the Dreamland in Hoquiam to dance. It was there that she met her future husband, Horace Alwood. The relationship flourished until, like many young men at that time, Horace joined the Army and headed to California for training. Shortly after he departed, two young women, Dolores and Vivian, one of Horace’s sisters, boarded a bus for California. Dolores married Horace at Minter Field in Bakersfield, California on July 29, 1942. She then traveled with Horace during his many training posts until he was deployed overseas. Returning to Aberdeen, Dolores attended Grays Harbor Business College and worked at the Assessor’s Office in Montesano. On Horace’s return, they lived a few years in Aberdeen and then moved to Hoquiam in 1952 where they raised their family. Horace died, too young, in 1973. Dolores then went to work at the St. Joseph Hospital admitting office and moved to Aberdeen in 1976.

Dolores was an active member of Our Lady of Good Help Catholic parish and St. Anthony’s Guild, volunteering for many church and school functions during her years in Hoquiam and St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the St. Elizabeth Guild during her years in Aberdeen.

Dolores loved family gatherings, including the competitive card games. She also belonged to a Canasta Club and she and Horace continued their love for dancing, attending the annual Truckers Ball and hosting parties at their home. She was blessed with many very close friends during her time in Hoquiam and Aberdeen. She was an active member of a group of mom’s in her Hoquiam neighborhood who met for coffee virtually every day of the work week for 20+ years … providing support to each other while raising their children, losing their husbands and just having fun with good friends. Overriding all of these relationships though was her lifelong very close relationship with her sister, Eileen. It was special. They talked every day, provided loving support to each other and would at least once a week break out in hysterical laughter over something that struck them as incredibly humorous. They shared a joy for life together and many “blizzards” from Dairy Queen.

Dolores is survived by her son, Greg (Marybeth) Alwood; daughters, Colleen (Gary) Fikse and Teresa (Michael) Elstad; her nine grandchildren, Dr. Ashley Alwood, Darcie (Neal) Moeller, Andrew (Marissa) Alwood, Tyler Alwood, Melissa Fikse, Tommy Fikse, Samuel Fikse, Katie Elstad and Jacob Elstad, and a very recent arrival, her great grandson, Walter Moeller. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace, her three brothers, Charles Kerr, Walter Kerr and Robert Kerr and her sister, Eileen (Kerr) Alwood.

The family wishes to acknowledge the special care provided to their mother by two very special caregivers during the last few years. Linda Gould from Aberdeen and Shoko Espinoza from Queen Anne Manor in Seattle provided comfort and care to Dolores and a very loving friendship that was extraordinary during the last years of her life

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