Obituary for Dolores Mae Sowers | Lotz Funeral Home Vinton Chapel
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Dolores Mae Sowers

February 11, 1934 ~ November 16, 2018 (age 84)
Dolores was a native of Roanoke, VA. She retired from Community Hospital in 1996 when she began her second job, nurturing and helping to raise her grandchildren.
She was a loyal employee and made many friends along the way. After her health declined, her new friends were nurses and doctors, whom she loved and shared her peppermint candies with, if you were special, you got two.
What is important about her is what’s between the dash, between her birth and her going home to be with the Lord. She loved the Lord and was faithful to read her Bible and Our Daily Bread every morning. She loved her family with her whole heart as well. One of her most voiced sayings was “if I’ve got it, you’ve got it”; she asked for so little yet would give all she had. She was a simple lady and instilled many values in her family. She believed in working to earn her way, giving and encouraging. She loved giving and getting hugs and her desire was for her children and her grands and great-grands to know they are loved and valued. Her grands and great-grands were the light of her life.
Dolores loved westerns, wrestling, hockey and puzzle books and when she became immobile, that and visits became her entertainment. Despite her disability, she learned to be content with her circumstance; she just didn’t want to be in a nursing home and by the grace of God, we were able to keep her at home.
She had a great wit and spunk, along with a remarkable memory. She never forgot a birthday or holiday and she loved sending cards to everyone she knew. She loved her stuffed animals and had a huge collection; one bear she kissed every night. She had an eye for the men and liked to flirt.
Dolores was preceded in death by her mother, Lena Harrison; sister, Frances Damron and her “soul” sister, Velma Lenard. Left behind to cherish her memory are her daughters, Shelia Hickman (W.O.Hickman), Linda Scott (Larry Scott), Debra Via (Bill Merritt); her grandchildren, Evelyn Sergeant (Dwight), Timothy (TJ) Via, Steven Scott (Ashley Enyedy), Monique Hooley (Kyle), Sarah Scott (Mark Shifflett, Jr.), Tamika Clayborne (James), William Hickman IV (Lela), Tonia Pullen (Xavier); her great-grandchildren that held a very special place in her heart, Abigail, Ethan, Madelyn, Nathan, Kye, L.J., Will, Theo, Zoe; special niece, Gloria Vaughan; faithful friends, Norva Dickerson and Alpha Bower; other nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Roy Habib, the staff at Lewis Gale, 3 West, especially Amanda, Kenesha, Home Recovery Home Aid, Carilion Home Health, Angela and Dustin, and Julie Pitts. Also the many friends of the family that have offered support and condolences. To God Be The Glory!
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Lotz Funeral Home, Vinton Chapel. . The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be made at

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