Dolores Quintero Ramirez, 94, of Baytown, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020, in Baytown.
Dolores was born December 10, 1925, in Waelder, Texas, to parents; Cruz and Epolita Arguello Quintero, and was a resident of Baytown for 69 years. She was a loving wife, nurturing mother, gracious friend, and was especially proud of her work and retirement from Gulf Coast Hospital in Baytown. She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Dolores Quintero Ramirez’ story started in humble beginnings in Waelder, TX. Born to sharecroppers, Dolores would spend much of her childhood attending to farm duties, dancing, and taking part in a lifelong love, baseball. In what became a theme for her life, Dolores would perform these responsibilities in an effort to help provide for others.
Wed to Apolinar Ramirez, Dolores would relocate to Rosenberg, TX in 1944 before settling permanently in Baytown in 1951. In the Busch Terrace home, Dolores would become the doting matriarch of La Familia Ramirez. Dolores’ commitment to service led her to an environmental services position at the former Gulf Coast Hospital in Baytown. She continued in this role for 22 years while raising her family and ensuring each of their needs were met.
Dolores’ life was defined by her love for her family and others. She welcomed visitors to her home to enjoy homemade tortillas, salsa, and meals. Around the dinner table, stories were shared, memories were made, and love was spread. Not a woman of many words, Dolores would quietly listen to each tale. Thanksgiving and Mother’s Day were always spent at her home. Dozens of family members gathered there to build memories and share in their love for Dolores. She was a passionate gardener and freely shared cuttings from her varied flowers. She leaves that legacy of gardening to her offspring as she was well known for her green thumb.
Dolores had another love during her life, the Houston Astros. She could often be found cheering them on from the comfort of her couch. Many conversations centered on which hitters were streaking, which pitchers were struggling, and advice for upcoming games. She reveled in their 2017 World Series Championship and continued to watch them until her last days.
Dolores embodied every characteristic of a mother, grandmother, and friend. She was kindhearted, generous, caring, and above all else, devoted to her family. Her wisdom, quiet words of encouragement, and tender voice will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Ramirez was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Apolinar Ramirez, Sr., siblings: Ynosencio Quintero, Luz Quintero, Elidio Quintero, Carmen Salas, Enriqueta Torres, Maxine Quintero, Juana Arguello, Mary Trevino, and Bentura Ybarra; son-in-law: Jimmy Martinez, granddaughters-in-law; Tonya Martinez and Sandra Martinez, grandson-in-law; Jamie Ross, and great-granddaughter; Bridget Brinkmeier. She is survived by her children: Lola Del Toro (Luz), Apolinar Ramirez, Jr. (Alice), Alice Brumbaugh (Mark), Eva Fletcher (Wayne), David Ramirez (Martha), Gilbert Ramirez (Laura), and Angel Conaway (Chuck), 24 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, one great- great-grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and best friend, Mrs. Hilda Chapa.
The Ramirez family thanks everyone for the numerous prayers, love, and condolences that we have received. It is a beautiful tribute to our mother to know the many lives she has touched. We recognize that many people want to pay their respects.
Unfortunately, due to Covid, we will have a private visitation and mass. The Ramirez family extends their most sincere apologies for this decision, but it is important to us to keep everyone safe during this pandemic.
Those interested are welcome to attend the graveside service at Sterling-White Cemetery in Highlands at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2020, where we would ask that you practice social distancing. As much as we would otherwise welcome a hug, it is for your protection and ours, that we ask you to refrain from approaching the family.
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