Delores “Dee” R. Richmond, age 74, of 1013 S. 18th St. in Escanaba, passed away Sunday evening, December 17, 2017 at Christian Park Village in Escanaba. She was born on January 28, 1943 in Marinette, the daughter of Norman and Helen (Marlett) Dahlke. Dee grew up in Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School in 1960. She went on to attend Northern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. The former Delores Dahlke married Thomas Lavolette in September of 1961. They moved to lower Michigan and raised three children. In 1979 she moved back to Escanaba and was employed at the State of Michigan Department of Social Services. Dee then worked as the Executive Secretary at Clairmont Transfer Company. She later married Glenn Richmond in 1982 and he preceded her in death on August 31, 1993. Most recently, Dee was employed at UPCAP as a housing specialist. Dee was an avid football fan who cheered on the Green Bay Packers each week. She loved playing bridge, reading, listening to music, and beating the contestants to the answer while watching the Wheel of Fortune. She was well known as a caring neighbor who regularly checked in on those in her neighborhood; providing friendship and hot meals. Dee was affectionately known by her nieces and nephews who were getting their fingers into things that shouldn’t have been as “Aunt Tut Tut.” Throughout her life she was involved in various aspects of the community. Dee served on the Intermediate School District Board of Education, and the Housing Board at Harbor Tower in Escanaba. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Escanaba. Family meant the world to Delores, especially spending time with her two grandchildren. Dee was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who will be deeply missed.
Delores R. Richmond is survived by son, Scott Lavolette (Stephanie Yang) of Fort Collins, CO; daughters, Sally Lavolette of Wells, and Susan Lavolette (Darlene Jordan) of Calumet, MI; 2 grandchildren, Bobby Beauchamp, and Gabrielle Beauchamp; 1 brother, Donald Dahlke of Escanaba; 2 sisters, Donna (Ray) Smit of Bark River, and Diane Norton of Wells; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Dee was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Richmond.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Central United Methodist Church in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Dee will follow at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, with Rev. Joe Ziraldo and Rev. Elise Low Edwardson officiating. Dessert and refreshments will be served afterward in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to a favorite charity in Dee’s honor. Burial will take place in the West Ford River Cemetery.
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