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Dolores Rose (Swope) Mitchell

October 23, 1945 ~ October 28, 2021 (age 76)


Dolores Rose, daughter of Fay Swope and Genevieve Van Blarcum, born 23 October 1945, quietly slipped through heaven’s gates on 28 October 2021. Dolores’ bright smile will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a devoted daughter, sister, mother and friend. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the Pier Funeral Home

As one of four daughters, Claudetta, June, Dolores, and Yvonne, she grew up on the homestead in Hat Creek helping with ranch work, attending school at the one room country schoolhouse. She attended high school in Lusk. 

August 1963, Dolores married Elden Eugene Hanzlik, and became an instant mother to Lonnie (Judy, Newcastle, WY), Darla (Michael Forsythe, Soda Springs, ID), Ronda (Dave Stemmons, Lynndyl, UT) and Dusty (Denise, Dell Rapids, SD). In the next few years, Colin (Melody, Spearfish, SD), Darron (Mary, Gillette, WY), Marilla (Paul Knight, Stockton, MO), and Curtis (Jamie, Surprise, AZ) came along. With eight children in the home, Dolores was keen to stretch a dollar and make everything count with love. She became an accomplished seamstress and often made her husband and children’s clothing and alterations for western wear stores in Belle Fourche, Sturgis and Rapid City, SD.  She taught her children to be independent, to work, love and play. After 29 years of marriage, Gene passed away in 1992. Dolores married Dave Mitchell in New Mexico. They were married approximately 10 years when Dave passed away. At that time, Dolores moved back to the homestead to help her sister care for her husband and family.

Dolores is preceded in death by her parents, sister June, Elden and Dave, and grandson Chandler.

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Memorial Service
November 13, 2021

2:00 PM
Pier Funeral Home
101 West 4th Street
Lusk, WY 82225

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