Dolores Dorothy Chavez

  • Born: November 1, 1919
  • Died: December 6, 2018
  • Location: San Mateo, California

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977 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel. (650) 343-1804

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dorothy Chavez, age 99, passed away peacefully in her San Mateo home surrounded by her family. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After marrying Elias Chavez in 1943, her dream to move to San Francisco, California became a reality. The Bay Area became her permanent home where she raised her four children. She was a caring mother who took great joy in doing whatever she could to help her family. She will be greatly missed but long remembered for her love and devotion to God and family. She is predeceased by her husband, Elias, and survived by her four children, Eva Chapman (Dale), Pearl Bell (Greg), Charles Chavez (Celeste), David Martin Chavez (Brenda); eight grandchildren, John, Hillary, Carla, Andrew, Meghan, Matthew, Anica, Daniel; and six great-grandchildren, Finley, Mara, Harper, Elliot, Ryan, Luke. She will be interred in a private burial at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto. Donations may be made to Wounded Warriors Family Support.


Condolence & Memory Journal


So sorry for your loss. It is at these times that one remembers the greatest moments of one's life. The great blessing of having Dorothy around for many years and having her be able to touch so many lives in and around your family. Special thanks to your family for considering the families of our wounded veterans at this moment in your lives. Sincerely, your family and friends at Wounded Warriors Family Support.

Posted by Dustin Pearson - Omaha, NE - Friend   December 12, 2018


Grandmother. Keeper of time and secrets and traditions. Like a giant tree standing tall in the forest and surrounded by saplings of different ages, you watched over us, nurtured us, and smiled proudly as our own branches bore fruit. Our successes are your legacy, our pains you burden. We can venture confidently into the sun on our own to make our own place, because you assured us we could do anything if we worked hard enough. If we listened to people and gave them the love that we wished for ourselves, we could be invincible, successful, safe, and nourished. We watched you care for each one of us and without knowing, learned how to do it ourselves. You were always there, strong and sure, to light the path. We carry your light now, through the inevitable darkness and the brilliance of another California sunrise, to be the best we can be. You expected nothing less. We can love unconditionally now because you made it look so easy. We always secretly envied the way you moved through life with grace, humility, and pride.
You gave us these things without saying a word sometimes. Thank you for keeping us safe and allowing us the room to grow on our own. We are forever grateful, dearest Grandmother.

Posted by John Chapman - Felton, CA - Grandchild   December 12, 2018

Having grown up with David I was a fixture in your house. I remember the wonderful times we had playing cards in the kitchen with David, Chuck, and Elias. There were always those special days when we could convince you to make sopapillas. You were a wonderful person with always a smile on your face. You will be missed.

Posted by Jonathan Flecker - Portland, OR - Family Friend   December 11, 2018

I will miss you Dorothy. I could not have asked for a finer mother-in-law. God take care of you.

Posted by Dale Chapman - San Jose, CA - Family   December 10, 2018


Mom, you were a wonderful mother who taught us the important things in life: eat healthy, exercise, be competitive, don't drive too fast, and love one another. We thank you for all you did for us and we will always remember you and keep your light shining bright. Love you always, Eva

Posted by Eva Chapman - San Jose, CA - Family   December 10, 2018

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Mom's 99th Birthday Celebration.

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