Dolores Victorian

Obituary of Dolores Victorian

Dolores Elaine Victorian, fifth child of Olof and Daisy Thompson, was born February 4, 1927 in Minneapolis. When she was born, her oldest brother, who named her after Dolores del Rio, had 22 years on her. Dolores was nurtured by plenty of relatives and the close companionship of her nieces and nephews who were about her age. The report cards she brought home posted stars for her “good teeth.” As a child she was a Campfire Girl, spent some time at TiPi Wakan, a Christian camp on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota, and was president of the Women’s Relief Corps State Junior Club. She was also a member of the Daughters of Union Soldiers of the Civil War. At 16 she was christened at the Lutheran church, having had an aversion to being dunked at the Baptist church she’d been attending. At the former Dolores sang in the choir...with (Henry) Clem Victorian. Six weeks after they met, she said it was “almost love at first sight” and they were secretly engaged.

She graduated from the Minneapolis Business College and enrolled at the University of Minnesota. After marrying Henry they moved to Wichita, Kansas, and then on to the San Francisco Bay area, both pursuant to job offers for “Hank.” “Dee” graduated with her Associate in Arts Degree (Dean’s Honor List) from Foothills Community College and also from San Jose State University with her Batchelor of Arts (with Great Distinction/Dean’s Scholar and inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society) and a credential in library science. She was also a member of the Alpha Beta Alpha Fraternity. Beyond her time spent as a student, wife, and mother, Dee enjoyed swimming, gardening, camping, dancing, sewing, and playing bridge.

In 1965 Dee and Hank moved again as the company Hank worked for relocated to Maryland. From the University of Maryland she earned her Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Technology and Curriculum Development. At Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, she served as assistant and then head librarian for 16 years. Dee took a celestial navigation course subsequent to agreeing to co-captain Hank’s and her Cape Dory 36 sailboat. They retired in their mid-50’s to embark on a 3 1/2 year long sailing endeavor that would encompass traveling the ICW from Maine to Florida, around the Caribbean, through the Gulf of Mexico and the Panama Canal, and up to San Francisco. Her choice demonstrated ultimate love and sacrifice for her husband. In the wake of that trip she wrote and published Live Aboard Gal.

They settled then in Port Angeles, Washington where Dee continued her Renaissance existence, taking part in the PEO, local bookclub, and Sequim Yacht Club. She became a prolific painter, tutored individuals in English (receiving the Washington Distinguished Citizen Award), and enjoyed traveling, listening to music at home, friends’ home concerts, and the Port Angeles Symphony, and playing piano herself. Dee and Hank spent many hours researching and writing two genealogy books that were passed along to their immediate family. Hospitalized children were comforted by her crocheted animals. Her children and grandchildren sported and were spoiled by her creativity by sweaters, dresses for special occasions, afghans, and sleeping bags. She had a love of the whimsical. Loyal and encouraging as a friend, she had many deep friendships. Her hospitality and cooking were top notch.

After Hank’s death three years ago, she returned to California to live near her daughter, Julie, and her family, savoring her time with them. Dee was able to party at her grandson’s wedding last July and passed on December 26, 2018.

She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Williams (Tom) (“She instilled in me by example kindness, empathy for and speaking well of others, and living life with gusto. Mom encouraged my relationship with Christ.”) and Julie Victorian-Chow (Calvin) (“Mom showed how appreciative she was,...and cared deeply for her family”), grandchildren Kyle Lane (Amber) (will remember “her laugh. Her joy. Her smile. Her artistic talent to paint and play music.”), Corrie Frank (Jake) (“Her love of reading, crossword puzzles, music, being on the ocean and her patience”), Tiffany Chow (“Her sharp wit, her love and kindness for her grandkids, hand knit sweaters and letters :) I loved exchanging emails with her in the later years where we talked about books we’ve read!”), Harrison Chow (Kerry) (“I remember playing duets on the piano back when we were both still playing and someone who I see a lot of in both of her daughters.”), Stephanie Chow (“Her love and care raised two beautiful and intelligent daughters, one being our mom [Julie], whose love has been replicated onto us. She was always sure to give us bite size advice like “life’s short, eat dessert.”), and five great-grandchildren.

In accordance with her wishes we hope to scatter her ashes come Spring.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be given to:


Volunteer Hospice-Clallam County

540 E 8th St

Port Angeles, WA 98362 (360) 452-1511


Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra

P.O. Box 2148

Port Angeles, WA 98362 (360) 457-5579