Our loving wife/mother/grandmother/sister/auntie Dolores (Dee) traveled home to meet her Father in Heaven & Jesus, her Savior, the morning of April 15, 2021. Born in Melrose Park, Illinois on September 18, 1930, to Quirino Gilobolenga Polanco and Ruth Elizabeth Lindquist Polanco. Dee was the youngest of three daughters (Juanita, Ruth and Dolores.)
Dee attributed her enthusiasm for life to her father. Starting in her early years, Dee was a very social and creative young lady. Her father and mother instilled family values at a young age. Saturdays were known for house & yard work. Sundays were for attending Church and going to their favorite restaurant followed by fishing down by the river with the family. Dee adored her two older sisters Juanita & Ruthie. Her doting sister, Juanita, who was nine years her senior, would always bring doll gifts home to her.
Dee also always appreciated the value of a good education. Whether it was studying art, design, the fundamentals of piano, horsemanship or the Lord’s gospel. After graduating from Proviso High School, she moved to North Dakota to live with her sister Ruth and brother-in-law Keith Stitzel who were attending Minot State Teachers College. While attending college, Dee met Floyd who was a teacher’s assistant in her choral music class. Floyd Marcel & Dolores Christine married on September 14, 1949. Then began a full, adventurous 69 years of life together, moving from North Dakota to Illinois, back to N.D., to Utah and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and finally back to Utah. It wasn’t always easy to start over in a new place, but Dee made it a point to remain a consummate homemaker. She always loved serving her family and entertaining friends. The Nelson home was a gathering place for many special occasions. She would carefully craft incredible meals followed with delicious desserts. Dee loved graphic design and even used her talents to make her children paper dolls complete with designer clothing. The gifts were great treasures for her girls. For birthdays, she baked and decorated very special Barbie Doll cakes with elegant ball gowns made with buttercream icing.
Sewing was another of her many talents. She’d find wonderful fabrics and sew her own clothes. She made her young daughters colorful matching dresses. She also designed and made very stylish prom dresses for them. Dee and Floyd took oil painting classes together. Their paintings hung in their many homes. Home was always comfortable, inviting, neat and tidy. You would never know that a gang of seven kids, with their many friends and pets, roamed the house at all hours.
Above all, Dee had a very strong and joyous relationship with her Lord God, who guided her every day. She cherished studying the Bible and singing hymns; making a joyful noise with her lovely voice. In Moose Jaw, she served on the board and as chairwoman of the Christian Women’s Club for many years. She found her new family of faith at Risen Life in Holladay. She would often invite her church friends to her home at Sunrise in Holladay to visit and study the Bible.
Floyd and Dee lovingly raised seven children, Greg (Eve), Judy, Barb, Bob (Maria), Timothy Jon (Debi), Wendy (Keola) & Amy; her 12 grandchildren Shep (Elena), Becca (Clay), Amelia (Toby), Rory (Penny), Joseph, Jonathon (Stephanie), Gregory, TJ, Kathryn, Anni, Eric & Katy (Neill); and her four great-grandchildren Fletcher, Conrad, Millie Jo and Milo Marcel. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families across the United States.
Those mourned, who left before her: husband, Floyd Marcel; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Florence and Aden; youngest son, Timothy Jon; her parents and sisters.
Friends are invited to Celebrate Dee’s Life on Wednesday, April 21st from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Guests are encouraged to use the parking lot and entrance located on the north side in the rear of building. All are welcome to the Memorial Service will on Thursday, April 22 at 11:00 AM, also at Starks Funeral Parlor. Graveside service will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The memorial service and graveside will be livestreamed for all to attend virtually. Return to this obituary page on Thursday morning where a "Watch Service Live" button will appear. The service coverage will remain on this site for all to watch on demand thereafter.
Memorial donations may made in Dee’s name to Risen Life in Holladay, Best Friends in Utah or Salt Lake County Animal Services. Floral tributes may be arranged with Orchid Dynasty Millcreek at 801-930-0011.
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