Dolores graduated from Falfurrias High School in 1947 where she was a cheerleader and came in 2nd place as “Most Beautiful”. Dolores worked at the Corpus Christi State National Bank for 20 years. While working full time, Dolores received her Bachelor of Science in Education, and Masters in Counseling from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Mrs. Perez served as counselor at Skidmore High School. Dolores then taught business classes at Bee County College in Beeville, Texas for 20 years.
Her biggest accomplishment was being a founding member of the Fiesta Bee County in 1987 where, until her death, was a member of the board. She was the sponsor and coordinator of the Dies y Seis Pagent program where girls compete for college scholarships by dancing regional dances from the states of Mexico as well as learning and sharing information about their state and dance. Dies y Seis was Dolores’ pride and joy and passion.
After retiring from Bee County College, Dolores worked for 15 years at the Literacy Council which helps many students acquire their GED. She also helped English as a Second Language Students become successful and further their education. Dolores was well known in her community as leader and an advocate for literacy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ana and Jose Andres Gonzalez; her husband of 58 years, Gustavo Perez; and a son, Gustavo Perez Jr. Dolores is survived by her daughter, Ana Yolanda Perez from San Antonio, Texas; a son, Robert Xavier (Elaine) Perez from San Antonio, Texas; two granddaughters, Marissa and Ana-Alicia Perez from San Antonio, Texas; a sister, Yolanda (the late Noe) Cadena from Corpus Christi, Texas. She is also survived by three half-sisters, Mary (Pat) Willey, of Austin, Texas, Margaret Jean (Fernando) Martinez from San Antonio, Texas, and Grace Gonzalez from Houston Texas.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary held that evening at 7:00 p.m. at Trevino Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with Rev. Luke officiating. Burial followed at the Perez Cemetery in Concepcion, Texas.
Pallbearers were Hector Cadena, Noe Cadena, Mark Cadena, Johnny Moreno, Tony Martinez, and Nick Cardenas.