Dolores Torres Obituary

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Dolores A. Torres

January 8, 1925 - November 4, 2013
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Dolores Avalos Torres, affectionately known as "Oma" by her loved ones, passed away on November 4, 2013 at her daughter's home in Urbandale, Iowa. Dolores was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 8, 1925 to Marcos and Carolina Avalos. She and her younger brother, Joe, lived with their parents in El Paso, Texas until they were orphaned when Dolores was four years old. They were then raised by their uncle and aunt, Pablo and Maria Saenz, alongside their cousin María. Dolores' early years were difficult due to the depression. In spite of this, she experienced much as a young woman, including training as a bullfighter. She even...
Dolores Avalos Torres, affectionately known as "Oma" by her loved ones, passed away on November 4, 2013 at her daughter's home in Urbandale, Iowa.

Dolores was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 8, 1925 to Marcos and Carolina Avalos. She and her younger brother, Joe, lived with their parents in El Paso, Texas until they were orphaned when Dolores was four years old. They were then raised by their uncle and aunt, Pablo and Maria Saenz, alongside their cousin María.

Dolores' early years were difficult due to the depression. In spite of this, she experienced much as a young woman, including training as a bullfighter. She even had the opportunity to get into the ring and practice with a young bull. She also adored dancing, spending as many hours as she could at this cherished pastime.

At 20, she met and soon married the love of her life Rafael Q. Torres, "Ompa," soon to become the revered matriarch of a large, loving family. Dolores was a diligent exemplar of morals and values for her three children. As they grew older, she began pursuing activities outside the home. Her many activities included: Conversational Spanish in the El Paso Independent School District, volunteering at Thomason General Hospital, participating in local civic activities, and serving as a poll judge and voting observer.

Oma always esteemed each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, spending as much time as she could with them. She soaked much love into them, and received much in return.

She diligently cared for Ompa as his war injuries and age took their toll on him, relocating to her daughter's home in Urbandale, Iowa upon his death.

Dolores, a most beautiful and elegant woman throughout her whole life, was preceded in death by her beloved husband Rafael Q. Torres, her son Dr. Hector A. Torres, her brother Joe Avalos, and brother-in-law Fidel Q. Torres.

Dolores is survived by her son Ralph, his wife Gloria, their five children and eleven grandchildren, her daughter Dee Iannone, Dee's husband Dr. Bert Iannone and their six children and seven grandchildren, as well as Dolores' sister María (Saenz) Muela, sister-in-law Lily Avalos, sister-in-law Pauline Torres, and many nephews, nieces, cousins.

Dolores' family and friends acknowledge and are thankful for the care provided to her by Dee Iannone and her family in Urbandale, Iowa during her last years.

On Monday November 11th, visitation is 3:00-9:00PM, and Vigil at 7:00PM, at Funeraria Del Angel, 3839 Montana Ave. On Tuesday November 12th, Funeral Mass is at 9:45 AM at St Pius X Catholic Church, 1050 N. Clark Dr, with Burial at 11:00AM at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery.

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