Dolores Marie Hatfield, a resident of Warsaw, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 4:55 p.m. while surrounded with love and her family. She was 77 years old and passed at home.
Dolores was born in Brownsville, Texas and was the daughter of Antonio and Margarita Jimenez. She was one of ten children and would go on to have a large family herself. Family meant everything to Dolores and there was nothing that she loved more than time spent together with her family. Everyone considered Dolores to be their mom or grandma even if they weren’t related. She was kind, caring and a true joy to be around. This earned her the nickname “Mama D.”
She was previously self-employed as a housekeeper and had worked for Ramada Inn in Warsaw for many years. She was a member of the Moose, American Legion and VFW auxiliaries, and had recently been attending events at the Kosciusko County Senior Center which she enjoyed. She was known for passing time on the front porch of her home where anyone could sit down for a visit. She was also known for gifting $2 bills and many of her loved ones carry those bills in her memory.
On June 2, 2008, Dolores was united in marriage to Jose Melendrez of Warsaw; he survives. Also surviving in Warsaw are daughter, Norma (Richard) Monk, sons: Ronnie Baldridge, Andrew Baldridge, Willie (Angie) Baldridge and Carlos Stinfer; 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include her stepdaughter, Cecilia Melendrez of Ligonier; stepson, Cesar Melendrez of Ligonier; brothers, Antonio Jimenez, Jr. and Mando Jimenez – both of Kendallville; and five sisters: Maria Jimenez of Kendallville, Minerva Baldridge of Claypool, Patty Terry of Kendallville, Brenda Smith of Kendallville, and Deedee Nartker of Kendallville. She was preceded in passing by her parents; sister, Olga Hernandez; brother, Larry Jimenez; one grandson and one great-grandson.
Friends may join family for Dolores' Life Celebration on Monday, July 8th from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw. Mr. Rick Bradley of Water of Life Church will officiate a funeral on Tuesday at 10 a.m.in the funeral home with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Dolores’ final expenses at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw, IN 46580.