Dolores Brown is remembered fondly by her family and friends as someone with an active mind and body. "She enjoyed life and was a truly lovely person," recalls her friend and business associate Mary Rose Mrazek. A long-time resident of Lethbridge, Dolores raised five children, worked fulltime as a supervisor at the hospital prior to retirement, and returned to the University of Lethbridge at the age of 56 to earn a Bachelor of Nursing degree. "That was something she wanted to do for herself, for her own personal satisfaction and growth," said Mary Rose.
Throughout her life, Dolores was physically active, spending her spare time walking, cycling, golfing, and downhill skiing. She played the piano for her own enjoyment and taught herself French. "Dolores really valued education and recognized its importance,” says Mary Rose. “Dolores was also very involved in the community, taking delight in the Lethbridge Twinning Society and Friendship Force, an international organization that chooses individuals to travel as ambassadors for their country. “She thoroughly enjoyed trips to interesting places, including Chile, Australia, and many destinations in Europe, among others," says Mary Rose.
Dolores bequeathed a portion of her estate to the Community Foundation, with an intention to support physical activity for youth. The annual income from the Dolores Brown Athletic Fund helps children to participate in skating, skiing, swimming, or any other number of individual sport activities. The fund enables children to learn and grow, increase their self-esteem, and enjoy fun and healthy activities as they engage in individual sports.
As Mrazek says, “I think she would be very happy knowing that her donation was put to such good use year after year.”