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In Memory of

Dolores Mae Hambright

October 20, 1931 - March 14, 2015

Obituary


Hambright, Dolores Mae, 83, passed from this life on March 14, 2015. She lived, she laughed, and she loved - and we all loved "Dee" - as she was affectionately known. Born in Denver, Colorado, on October 20, 1931 - she will be returning to the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains as her final place of rest.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 61 years, John Frederick "J. Fred" Hambright III of Wichita, children Marjorie Bernice "Marby" Hambright Wolff (Mark) of Santa Margarita, CA, and John Frederick Hambright Iv (Kim) of...

Hambright, Dolores Mae, 83, passed from this life on March 14, 2015. She lived, she laughed, and she loved - and we all loved "Dee" - as she was affectionately known. Born in Denver, Colorado, on October 20, 1931 - she will be returning to the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains as her final place of rest.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 61 years, John Frederick "J. Fred" Hambright III of Wichita, children Marjorie Bernice "Marby" Hambright Wolff (Mark) of Santa Margarita, CA, and John Frederick Hambright Iv (Kim) of Wheat Ridge, CO, and 3 grandchildren, Benjamin Frederick Hambright - currently residing in Hawaii, John Jefferson "J.J." Hambright of Denver, and JoDee Marie Hambright of Fort Collins, CO. Dee is also survived by her beloved first cousins living in the Denver area, Beverly Simpson, Jimmy Haselgren, and Jerry Haselgren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Bernice Carty.

Dee graduated from Denver East High School before attending Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She later held a position as a traveling consultant for a cosmetics company which led to a chance meeting with her future spouse, J. Fred Hambright - who subsequently brought them to Wichita, Kansas, in 1954 to establish a home.

During her lifetime, she wore many hats - Girl Scout leader, PTA president, music and travel enthusiast, and ski instructor! She instilled her passion for alpine pursuits and her love of the mountains within her family and friends - which is one of her enduring legacies.

Dee was a long-time member of the Reformation Lutheran Church, Delta Gamma Sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, and an active volunteer for the Assistance League of Wichita - serving as its scholarship committee chairwoman for a number of years. She was also a member of the Petroleum Wives Club and a self-taught artist and musician. One of her most memorable performances was as the lead accordion player in the "Sleepy Hollow Quartet" - assembled as a benefit for the Alcott Elementary PTA. She also played the accordion on a local radio station during her childhood - reportedly at 6 years of age.

She was always interested in and supportive of her family's pursuits and helped them to achieve their life goals and personal fulfillment.

Dee will be more than missed but her soul is now free from its earthly confines - and we know she will reach the peak of her mountains.

Memorials have been established with Assistance League of Wichita and the Union Rescue Mission of Wichita.

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