Life Story for
Dolores Emily Dekko
Dolores Emily Dekko passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the age of 90 on Saturday, November 22, 2014, in Sun Valley, Idaho. She was a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. She had traveled to Sun Valley to spend the holidays with family.
Dolores was born November 25, 1923, in Plaucheville, Louisiana to Houston Guillory & Beatrice Ardoin Guillory. She was born on Bayou Jacques in Louisiana and raised as an only child primarily by her grand-parents. After graduating from Plaucheville High School, she elected to attend Louisiana State University. There she met her first husband, Sammy Kohara, a photographer, from Alexandria, Louisiana. Together they had 3 children, Kei, Susan, & David. In 1955, while raising her three children as a single mom, she met Stanton Edward Dekko, a member of the Air Force stationed at England Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana. Having borrowed the $3.00 for a marriage license, she married Stanton and together they had three children, Patty, Christine and Allan.
Dolores’ children were foremost in her life. She and Stanton made a home and happy life in Louisiana. Dolores was an avid gardener and reader and enjoyed friends, cooking, animals and social gatherings. She hosted many family reunions and the guests were not limited by blood. If you were there, you were family. She led a varied career of executive administrative coordinator for the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium, the director and organizer of the Morgan City Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, a realtor and officer of the Business and Professional Women’s Organization. Always willing to involve herself on a volunteer basis, she was an activities booster for various programs at Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Louisiana.
After Stanton’s retirement, they moved to Hailey, Idaho and later to Las Vegas, Nevada. Dolores was indeed a southern lady. If the bayou had royalty, Dolores would be it. She will best be remembered for her dedication to family, strength and determination. No hardship or challenge could weaken her spirit and her tenacity for life ultimately rewarded her with the long and wonderful life she deserved.
Dolores was laid to rest on her 91st birthday in the Hailey, Idaho, Cemetery next to her beloved husband of 50 years, Stanton Dekko. She is survived by her children, Emily Kei Kohara Fontenot, David T. (Rosetta) Kohara, Patrice C. Dekko, Christine (Tim) Rolf, and Allan W. Dekko, and her grandchildren, April Magana, Paris Renee Sanchez, Vanessa Rubin, James Sparks, Karan Sparks, Kathryn Kohara, Sarah Kohara, David S. Kohara, Thayne Rolf and Eriksen Rolf and numerous great and great great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband, Stanton Edward Dekko, her parents and her daughter, Susan Kohara Rixman.
Services were previously held in Hailey, Idaho, on November 25, 2014.