Dolores Peroni, 85, passed away peacefully in her home in New Smyrna Beach after a long journey with chronic respiratory disease.
Dolores was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, the oldest of three girls—Blanche and Roberta. She spent most of her time as child outdoors in the woods with her pony, exploring and having adventures.
In the workforce, she was a skilled administrative assistant in banking, insurance, and at a tugboat company. She was married twice, the second lasting almost forty years to Peter Peroni, a naval officer and commercial airline pilot. They moved from Norfolk, VA to Virginia Beach, VA, then to Chicago before settling in Georgia. While there, Dolores was a devoted mother and a partner in a ceramic studio specializing in raku pottery. The family moved to New Smyrna Beach in 1986 and she remained in the area for the rest of her life.
Dolores loved animals of all sorts, and always had cats, dogs, and an occasional horse, too. Her homes were always beautiful. She had an exquisite sense of style and made every home welcoming and elegant. She was an avid gardener and an amazing cook. She also enjoyed reading and boating. She spent many years as a member at the Smyrna Yacht Club, and loved sitting outside at the tiki.
Dolores was a prolific artist, flourishing in most mediums. She was incredibly talented, excelling at most of the creative pursuits she attempted. She was a painter, illustrator, jewelry maker, ceramicist and seamstress to name a few. She was often inspired by the natural world.
Dolores had a wicked sense of humor, was incredibly generous, and managed to find beauty and joy every day. She is survived by her daughter, Heather Peroni, and feline companion, Carol Burnett.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Florida Wildlife Corridor in her name. (floridawildlifecorridor.org)