VANCEBURG — Dolores Joan Childrey, age 85, of Vanceburg, passed away Thursday Aug. 30, 2018, with her family by her side at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Portsmouth, Ohio.
Dolores was born in Concord on Aug. 3, 1933, to the late Robert Jackson and Ethel Phyliss Spriggs Vance. Dolores was raised by two loving parents in Concord.
She always treasured and loved to share memories of her youth in a thriving little community that, at the time, included numerous active church congregations and businesses as well as a commuter railway service and post office. As a young adult, she worked in the Concord Post Office, her mother was a homemaker and midwife and her father retired from working on the railroad then. Her fondest memories included attending ice cream socials, community worship services/ Sunday school and spending time with close friends. Concord was the most special place in the world to her.
Dolores was a graduate of Tollesboro High School Class of 1951. After graduating, she married William T. Childrey Sr. on July 14, 1951.
In 1968, they moved with their children from Tollesboro to Front street in Vanceburg.
Dolores began working for the U.S. Shoe Corporation after being employed there for 27 years until the Plant’s closing. She retired to care for her elderly mother. Following her mother’s death Dolores served as a Foster Grandmother at the Vanceburg Headstart for 15 years. She always relished her time with the children and “girls” as a Foster granny and lamented that she had to “give it up” due to numerous health problems.
Dolores was a caring and compassionate person, who clearly loved to spend time with her family and friends. It can be truly said that to know her was to love her.
Surviving are two sons, David (Keri) Childrey of St Paul and Bill Childrey Jr. of Tollesboro; five grandchildren, Jeremy Alan Childrey, Sarah (Jeremy) Applegate, Dylan Bailey, Emily Childrey and Samantha Childrey; seven great-grandchildren, Jera Applegate, Kaylee Holland, Kayce Applegate, Zachary Applegate, Brianna Bailey and J. R. Bailey and Aubrey Elaine Bailey who also will mourn her passing; sister-in-law, Betty Vance, lifelong friend (sister) Jeanie Vance, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death beside her parents was her husband, William T. Childrey Sr. in 1991; a daughter, Joan Elaine Bailey in 2014; and a brother, Charles Robert Vance in 2013.
Services will be Monday September 3rd, 2018 at 11:00am at the funeral home with Brother Derrel Cone officiating.
Burial will follow in the McClurg cemetery Concord. Pallbearers for Dolores J. Childrey will be Bill Childrey Jr., David Childrey, Lewis Cox, Jeremy Applegate, Jim Hauck and Dylan Bailey.
Visitation will be Sunday Sept. 2, 2018, from 5-8 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until time of services Monday at the Gaydos Funeral Home 159 2nd street in Vanceburg.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gaydosfh.com.