Dolores Belcher, 90, of Amarillo, TX died peacefully Monday, June 10, 2019.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 14, 2019, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Rev. Corky Holland, of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Dolores was born August 29, 1928, in Amarillo to Garth and Hazel Ingram. She was the oldest of their four children. She graduated from Amarillo Senior High School on May 27, 1946.
While raising her own 4 children (Rick, Bruce, Larry, and Karen) she attended Amarillo College and received her Associate in Arts Degree on May 28, 1963. She then began teaching school at Crockett Middle School and Bowie Middle School.
She raised her children in the church family at Temple Baptist, and faithfully took them every Sunday. She loved the Lord Jesus, passing on a legacy of faith as she helped each one of her children to develop a personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
After raising her family, Dolores decided to change career paths and go into the nursing field. She returned to Amarillo College and graduated Salutatorian of her class, receiving an Associate Degree in Applied Science, and earning a Certificate in Associate Degree Nursing on August 16, 1974. She then furthered her education at West Texas A&M University achieving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors in 1981.
She first worked in critical care nursing at St. Anthony’s Hospital where she was committed to delivering compassionate and skilled nursing care to her patients. She then went on to continue working in critical care at High Plains Baptist Hospital from December 1991 to November of 1995. She then went to work as a nurse at Dallas Baptist University from 1996 to 1998. With joy, Dolores served the Lord in her ministry of caring for patients for 24 years.
In 1984 she joined First Baptist Church Amarillo from Paramount Baptist Church. She was an active member for over 24 years in the sanctuary choir, directed by Lanny Allen. During this time she contributed her God-given gift of a beautiful voice to sing in the Annual Living Christmas Tree Celebration. She then sang as a member of The First Singers Senior Adult Choir with Dan Baker. She loved to play her piano and sing traditional hymns, which she knew by heart. She was also an active member and helped teach in the adult seven senior bible study class at FBC Amarillo. She loved to read her bible, as well as her many other books.
After retiring from nursing in 1998 she enjoyed staying physically active and connecting with church friends at the Amarillo Community Center where she regularly participated in swimming exercise classes and continued at Gold’s Gym in Wolflin Village. She had a passion for gardening, and with her green thumb maintained a beautiful flower garden in her back yard. In 1989, she took her passion for helping others know the love of Christ by serving with a team of nurses on a trip to Russia for a week.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Harris.
Survivors include three sons, Rick and Judy Belcher, of Amarillo, Larry and Beckie Belcher, of Keller, TX, and Bruce and Napa Belcher of Thailand; nine grandchildren, Brandi Alarcon and Joe, Tiffani Mackenzie and Steve, Jon Belcher and Chi-Suk, Ben Belcher, Nic Belcher and Ashley, Dan Belcher and Venus, Toby Littau, Casey Harris, and James Harris.