Lasting Memories

Dorlene F. Alves
Oct. 17, 1933-May 31, 2012
Pleasanton, California

Dorlene F. (Garcia) Alves passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2012 after a long battle with dementia.

Dorlene, or "Doe" as she affectionately called by family and friends, was born and raised in Pleasanton. She graduated from Amador High in 1951 and married Edmond (Ed) Alves, the love of her life, on June 20, 1954. Dorlene was a homemaker most of her life. Raising, loving and supporting her children throughout their lives were her joys and her vocation. Do what makes you happy she would say.

Dorlene was preceded in death be her son, Jeffrey Alves in 2009, her sister, JoAnne Holden in 2008, parents, William and Mrytle (Frager) in 1984. She leaves behind her husband, Edmond, of 58 years of marriage, her daughters, Janell (Richard) Anderson of Mountain View, CA, Jennifer (Steve) Dowden of Keller, TX their four children, Katie, Jackie, Maddie & Samuel, daughter in-law, Blanca Castillo-Alves, her two children, Isabel & Anthony of Simi Valley, CA, her brother Donald (Lillian) Garcia, their three sons, Steve, Mike, and Ronnie, her nephew Warren (Kathy) Holden, their children Chase and Kayleen.

A private family grave site service will be held on July 14 at St. Augustine's cemetery in Pleasanton. Donations in Dorlene's name, may be made to the charity of your choice.

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From Laura Foster
Aug. 2, 2012

I was very saddened to learn of Doe's passing , I remember her and Ed from way back when they ran the store in Livermore on L St. they were the kindest most generous people around, it is a real loss to lose such a nice lady, my prayers and best wishes to the Family!!!

From Mike Sweeney
July 16, 2012

"Come on in" - that's the first thing I think of whenever I remember Doe. I was always welcome, even if Jeff wasn't there when I stopped by. I was welcomed into their home across from the fairgrounds in 7th grade and Jeff and I were always close until his passing. She set the tone for the kindness Jeff, Janell and Jennifer always showed to others. I cherish those days and thanks to the Alves for all the great memories in P-town.