Dolores Ann Elliott Wilkinson


Dolores Ann Elliott Wilkinson, 86, of Vancouver, Wash., was surrounded by family in the days prior to her return to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on Jan. 29. 

Dolores was the seventh child born to Edward and Irene (Boylen) Elliott in Wauzeka. Her childhood days spent in Prairie du Chien, Eastman, and Madison, were the source of many happy memories and life-long friends. She married Herbert C Wilkinson at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madison in 1949, just after Herb completed his officer training with the U.S. Army. Dolores and Herb lived coast-to-coast over their 41 years together, with their last 13 years in Washtucna, Wash., where they owned and operated a small motel until Herbert’s passing in 1990. Dolores then relocated to Vancouver, Wash. to be closer to family. Dolores loved to learn and keep current on world events, do crossword puzzles, visit with friends, and, most of all, loved spending time with her family. 

Dolores is survived by her three children, Irene (Dave) Cheney, Lana (Mark) Herzinger, and David (Kristin Nutting) Wilkinson; her sister Bernice (James) Conner; sister-in-law Barbara Elliott; grandchildren Christopher (Andrea) Cheney, Douglas (Jessica) Cheney, Blake Herzinger, and Alyssa Herzinger; great grandchildren Morgan and Jake Cheney, and Ross, Claire and Jack Williams; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert; her parents, Edward and Irene Elliott; brothers Joseph (Marian) Elliott, Michael (Mary) Elliott, Robert Elliott, and an infant brother; sisters Vivian (Owen) Roach, Marcella (Edward) McWilliams, and Mildred (Robert) Boylan. Dolores will be interred with Herbert at the Willamette National cemetery in Portland, Ore., later this spring. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Catholic shrine and botanical garden, The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother, a.k.a. The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore Street, Portland, OR 97220, a special place to Dolores.

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