Dolores Barbara Pare’

“Dolly” lost her battle with dementia and went home to the Lord on 7/2/2020. She was born in 1931 in Detroit to John and Victoria Adams. Dolly is survived by her daughters, Kimberly Judd (Stephen) and Carrie Vel (Sam Berry), her 3 grandchildren, Cameron Berry, Brooke Corey, and Samantha Berry. She was predeceased by her spouse, Lorne Pare’, daughter, Pamela Vel, and her first husband, Frank Vel. Dolly enjoyed spending time with her friends, hosting parties and shopping. She loved to decorate, go out to dinner, and her beloved “cold duck”. Dolly was the epitome of class. This was her favorite quote: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.” Rest in peace Dolly.

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  1. So sorry to hear of the loss of a great women. I didn’t know Dolly well I only met her a few times, however I have heard many wonderful stories and just know she was a treasure. I know it’s hard losing a parent (grandparent) and nothing but time helps with the pain. I’m praying 🙏 for you all as time goes by you are able to smile and laugh at the memories sending hugs Tina and Jack Corey and family

  2. I met Dolly when I was a student in Frank’s class at the University of Detroit in 1967 and will always remember her love for life and her family. Her favorite quote captures her well. My condolences to Kim and Carrie and their families.

  3. Like Diane, I was a part of the Merry Band” and the U-D Summer Journalism program. Dolly was a great entertainer, outgoing, friendly woman. We had some great laughs. I am sure she will liven up heaven a bit.

  4. Jo & Bob Ames & Family

    My kids are coming in with precious memories galore. Our families were very close at times & memories most pleasant. Every get-together was a party. Fun abounded! Yes she could put the “Merry” in Band! Love & prayers for the family.

    • We are so sorry to hear the passing of Dolly…she will be missed so much. Dolly was a wonderful loving, kind, fun, sweet lady we will hold in our hearts forever. Our family enjoyed spending time and making wonderful memories with her at PR. Mom will miss her partner of Bingos, crafts, Wine Wednesdays, parties, rocking chair chats, etc. but just being their knowing they comforted each other when no words were said. Peace to her and your family! Our sincere sympathy… Isabelle Nieman and Family.

      • Thank you so much for your kind words and the flowers while she was ill. I’m glad that they got to chat one last time. It seems like it went so fast. It was just a shock. Take care of your Mom, Carrie & Kim

  5. Well said! Great decorator, very classy, fantastic entertainer, consummate hostess and always impeccably dressed. She will be missed. Fondly remembering parties in the Bonus Room on Tamarack and the spontaneous gatherings in Clinton Township. Honored to have known her. Love and prayers to Carrie and her family and Kim and her family. May you find peace in closing the chapter of her last few years and opening back up the book of memories of her entire life. Hope they cold duck in heaven.

  6. Wendy McLaughlin

    Dolly, Amanda, and I are going to miss you! Reading the kind and wonderful words that your family and friends are saying about you, I can see that you will truly be missed. The 2 years that I was there for you, you had no clue that you were also there for me. Amanda and I will buy a bottle of Cold Duck and drink a glass in remembrance of you and your beautiful soul ❤❤

    • Wendy, That is so sweet! I’m glad you were there for each other! I couldn’t have found a better caregiver for her ! Thank you for everything you did – even the silly things I asked you to do! And the back-breaking things!! Carrie

  7. Wendy McLaughlin

    Dolly, Amanda, and I are going to miss you! Reading the kind and wonderful words that your family and friends are saying about you, I can see that you will truly be missed. The 2 years that I was there for you, you had no clue that you were also there for me. Amanda and I will buy a bottle of Cold Duck and drink a glass in remembrance of you and your beautiful soul ❤❤

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