Dolores Sandra (VanNess) Drew
of The Villages, Florida, just shy of her 75th birthday, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 peacefully in her home with her loving husband, Paul Allen Drew, by her side. She was born on April 1, 1945, in Nashua, New Hampshire (no, she was not happy to be an April fool’s baby…), and was a 1963 graduate of Nashua High School. On May 14, 1966, she married her one true love, Paul, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Nashua, and during their 53 happy years of marriage together, they made their home in Hudson, Litchfield, and Hampton, New Hampshire prior to retiring to Florida.
She was a beloved Wife, Mother, Memere, Grand-Memere, Sister and Aunt. She was predeceased by her mother, Thelma A. (Therriault) Van Ness, her grandson, Noel G. Drew-Huckins, and her nephew, Jeffrey R. Robert. In addition to Paul, she is also survived by a daughter Christina M. Enkler and her husband John J. Enkler, Jr. of Poughkeepsie, NY, daughter Melissa M. Drew and her partner Keith D. Murray of Tilton, NH, grandchildren Kathleen M. (Enkler) Steber and her husband Christopher, John J. Enkler III, Liam P. Drew-Huckins, and her great-granddaughter, Lillian M.N. Steber, her sister, Judy M. Robert and her husband Richard J. Robert, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and remarkable friends. Her grandchildren and great-granddaughter were the shining lights of her life, she treasured them so.
Dolores had so many wonderful talents. She was an accomplished seamstress, quilter, cake decorator, businesswoman. She volunteered her time on many interests, loved acting in plays in her youth, and coached cheerleading above being an award-winning cheerleader herself. She was an amazing cook and baker. She was also a lover of light houses and seafood, which took her and Paul on some epic tours of light houses all over the east coast. All who knew her will remember her kindness and generosity.
Arrangements for a Celebration of Life in Florida and in New Hampshire will be made at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dolores’ honor to the Winnipesaukee Warriors, a New Hampshire Special Olympics team – Winni Warriors, c/o Melissa Drew, 4 Rolling Hills Drive, Tilton, NH 03276