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Dolores Marie Laird

February 3, 1930 ~ July 11, 2020 (age 90)


Dolores Marie Laird (Dee), 90, died peacefully at home with her family by her side on July 11, 2020. Dee was born 2/3/30 at her family farm in Mapleton, IL, the daughter of John Bernard and Minnie Elizabeth (Reichel) Goetze.

Dee was a graduate of Timber Township High School (1948) and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Education (1971). In 1953 she married Charles Luther Laird.

Dee worked for the State of IL for many years and after retirement dedicated her time to volunteering, most recently at the Food Pantry in Willcox, AZ and Empty Tomb in Champaign. She especially enjoyed her time at Westview School volunteering in the 1st grade for 12 years.

Dee and Chuck built their home in Savoy and a lake home at Lake Sara in Effingham. They enjoyed hosting countless clubs, friends, and family. Dee loved to travel the country with her husband in their RV and plant flowers in the spring with their granddaughter. Each Christmas she would bake cookies and deliver them to her friends and family.

In addition to her parents, Dee was preceded in death by her husband, Charles and her brother, Bernard. She is survived by her two sons, Bruce Alan (Kathy) of Savoy and John Charles of Austin, TX, granddaughter Andrea Hanner (Wes) of Savoy, great granddaughter Haven Marie, two sisters Jean Fisher of Peoria, Betty Burritt of Denver and brother Duane Goetze of Mapleton, IL.

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