In Memory of Dolores Gordon(1931 - 2018)

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Dolores Gordon
Gregory, Bruce, Debra
Birth Date
February 14, 1931
Blessing Date
August 25, 1995
Ascension Date
February 1, 2018  
family and friends

Dolores Marie Hedrich Gordon was born on February 14, 1931 in Tonawanda, NY to Charles and Viola Hedrich. In 1950 she married Donald C. Gordon of Buffalo, NY and they had three children: Gregory, Bruce and Debra. In 1963 the family moved to Oakdale, CT and put down permanent roots in that community.

Dolores and Donald were introduced to the Unification Movement by their daughter in 1975 and when Dolores’ husband joined after attending three, seven, and 21-day workshops in Barrytown, NY, she joined with him. Together they did what they could to dispel the negative image that media portrayed of our movement at a time when few parents were able to accept True Parents. They attended the first Washington Monument rally, as well as Yankee Stadium and were always ready to write a letter or attend an event in order to build bridges and promote True Parents work. On August 25, 1995, Dolores and her husband Donald, along with their son Gregory and his wife Michiy Kobayashi, and their daughter Debra and her husband John Sand received the Marriage Blessing in the 360,000 Couples Blessing.

Dolores and her husband were avid supporters of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony where she helped her husband run the Citrus Sale fund raiser for 15 years. She and Don were lifetime members of the Quaker Hill Rod and Gun Club. These two always went hand in hand and people often commented on the radiance of their love and devotion to each other.

With the Connecticut and Rhode Island churches so far away, they invested themselves locally and were active members of the Mohegan Congregational Church in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Dolores Marie Hedrich Gordon ascended on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:58 AM to join her husband Donald who had ascended in November of 2016. Dolores suffered a massive stroke on November 10, 2017, which left her paralyzed on her left side. Though initially not expected to survive, she rallied and had been making some progress in rehab but suffered a second stroke on January 27, 2018 from which she never regained consciousness.

Dolores’ Seonghwa Ceremony was held at the Dallas Family Church on February 14, 2018. Condolences and donations can be sent to the family via Debbie Sand at 534 Wentworth Dr., Richardson, TX 75081. For more information, you can contact Debbie or John by email at

Seonghwa Ceremony

5:00 PM
February 14, 2018
Dallas Family Church: 1710 W Airport Fwy, Irving, TX

Mailing Address for Donations and Flowers

534 Wentworth Dr., Richardson, TX 75081

Comments (5)

  • Mary Cordill


    Many prayers and blessings for Delores. Such a beautiful family… it was truly remarkable for parents to join in the 70’s, they must have been truly loving. I send all my love and prayers…..


  • Mary Ann Schaffer-Wigton


    Thank you Heavenly Parent and True Parents for this amazing couple who risked their lives to stand up and support the LSA and UC in the midst of so much negativity and frightening rumors about the movement. We love them so much and thank them and their family for their deep love and support.

    Loving prayers and thoughts for you, Doris in your transition and as you begin your next journey. Go in peace, love and joy.

    The Wigton Home
    Mary Ann & Larry


    • Mary Ann


      My apologies, Dolores, for calling you Doris.

      I think maybe my beloved and best friend Doris Goodfellow (We worked together at HR Block and remained close for many years who also supported our church, attending UC programs with me and loving me and the UC family she got to know…. unconditionally…., and who passed on a few years ago….is near you and wants to give you a big hug! Tell her to save a place at the table for me and Jean.


  • Gertrud Yasutake


    Dolly, I see you with wings on your feet, being drawn to your new life. I am so glad I could get to know you and Don. You were the lively and on occasions outspoken support for our days in New Haven in the 1970ies and somehow always helpful when we needed you. When we came back to Connecticut after roaming the continents for 20 years, there you and Don were still, with your no-nonsense attitude and humor and your yummy cookies.
    Debby, what you wrote about your mom is beautiful. Thank you for taking such good care. You witnessed to your parents, and now you have given them both a good send-off. Paul is sending his love, too. God Bless!!


    • Nora Spurgin


      I remember both Dolly and Don with great affection. I’s not soloing ago that we had lunch together and enjoyed their z


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