Delores Jarvis obituary

Delores Jarvis, January 11, 1930 to November 4, 2017

Delores Jarvis (1930-2017)

Delores was born Jan. 11, 1930, the first child of George and Dora Olson of Warren, Ore. She died of complications from Parkinson’s disease Nov. 4, 2017 at her home of 58 years in Garden Home with family and friends at her side.

Delores was a gifted vocalist who sang with a trio in a swing band at events in the Portland/Vancouver areas. She was also quite the beauty, representing Columbia County in the Miss Oregon Pageant.

John Jarvis “Jack” and Delores were married in 1954. Five years later they purchased their property in Garden Home where they would raise their four children.

In the early ’60s Delores was invited by a childhood friend to a new church they were starting. She attended the first service of West Hills Covenant which was held in the parsonage.

On Jan. 4, 1971 Jack died of Melanoma leaving her with their four children ranging in age from five to 11. She leaned into her relationship with God along with her vibrant church community to sustain herself and her kids.

Following Jack’s death Delores began working full-time for Beaverton Schools cafeteria services. She did this until she retired in 1992.

Delores’ home was open to all and created a safe haven of encouragement for many to grow in. Her children were raised with community surrounding them because of the rich relationships that Delores cultivated.

Delores was prayerful, intentional, decisive, wise and humble. She loved her life and those she shared it with. She was a friend to everyone that she met and was consistently present in every moment.

She leaves a legacy of joy that was uncontainable. It permeated everything she did.
Delores is survived by her sister, Lois (Gaylon) Bledsoe; children, Andrea Jarvis, Lisa (Mike) Leslie, David (Jill) Jarvis, Dana (Steve) Nasralla; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; Wayne and Ruth Smith, and many other friends.

A memorial celebration will be held at 2 p.m., Dec. 2, 2017, at West Hills Covenant Church 5815 S.W. Gillcrest Ct., Portland, OR 97221

Donations to the West Hills Covenant church deacon fund are welcome.

This obituary appeared in The Oregonian, November 2017 (source). Used with permission from Jarvis family.

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