Dolores Grace Hartnett Obituary
Dolores Hartnett, 88, peacefully went to be with the Lord on August 5, 2021, in North Richland Hills,Texas.
Dolores Grace Hayas was born April 21, 1933, in Newark, New Jersey to Anthony and Gladys Hayas. Her father was an immigrant from Budapest, Hungary who proudly became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He was a stone mason. Her mother was a first generation American as her parents were from England. She was a nurse.
Young Dolores spent summers with her family at their beach house. She attended Irvington High School until 1949 when she met and married Lawrence “Ed” Hartnett. Ed was serving in the U.S. Navy stationed at Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Rhode Island. After he was discharged, Ed and Dolores and their baby daughter, Linda, moved to Ed’s hometown of Weatherford, Texas. She wasn’t born in Texas, but she got here as quick as she could! Dolores was a homemaker while her husband was a mechanical engineer.
Dolores was a devout Christian and a member of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic church in Keller, Texas.
As her children grew up, Dolores volunteered at the local hospital. When she was 50, Dolores went to college and earned her LPN and later administered home health care. At 65, Dolores earned her pharmacy tech certification.
Dolores loved classical music, old movies and musicals. She would sing to her daughters when they were little and later taught them to sing “in rounds” while they washed the dishes. When a friend asked her if they could leave their piano at our house when they moved out of state, Dolores learned to play it. She couldn’t imagine having a beautiful instrument and not know how to play. She passed her love for music to her daughters, as a few of them also played the piano and four of them were in the school band, each learned to play more than one instrument.
With her loving nature and kind heart, Dolores loved her poodles and cats, and almost always had a canary singing nearby. Her grand-kitty, grand-poodle and little canary were with her when she passed.
Dolores was an avid reader, enjoyed knitting, sewing and working crossword puzzles. But most of her time was devoted to her husband and raising their five daughters. Later she was blessed with an abundance of grandchildren and great-grandchildren to love.
Dolores is survived by her daughters Linda Hamilton (Ken), Nancy Louthen (Alan), Paula Malone (Ken), Tricia Hartnett and Carol Whelan; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and nine nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Anthony Hayas, her mother Gladys Hayas Monsees, her husband, Ed Hartnett, her brother, Walter Hayas, sisters Gladys Mitchell and Ruth McGookin, and two nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the North Texas Food Bank. https://ntfb.org/get-involved/donate/
Funeral service is on Monday, August 16, 2021 at Forest Ridge Funeral Home in North Richland Hills, Texas. Visitation begins at 10:30 a.m. with a service at 11:30 a.m. The motorcade will leave at 1:00 p.m. for the 2:15 p.m. service at the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery.
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