Dolores Mae Fehl Highlands

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Dolores Mae Fehl Highlands

Mrs. Dolores Mae Fehl Highlands, 89, a longtime resident of Cartersville, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 22, 2019, after a long illness. 

Dolores was born October 3, 1930 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to the late John C. and Dorothy M. Fehl. She and her family moved to Arizona and then California, where she graduated in 1948 from Mark Kepple High School in Alhambra, California. She returned to her home state to study nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as an office nurse for longtime family friend Dr. Jack Hanlon. She later worked in marketing for the film industry, and ran a home-based flower business.

Dolores married Gurney B. Ruby, Jr in Harrisburg in 1952, and helped him open his law practice. In 1961, they adopted a baby daughter, Lisa Susan. In 1966, Dolores married real estate and construction businessman Jay Highlands in Arlington, Virginia. They lived in Harrisburg and were married for 29 years before he died in 1995. 

From an early age, Dolores loved the outdoors. She spent time on her grandparents’ farms in Pennsylvania, rode toboggans in the snow at Lake Placid, New York, and hunted and fished with her first husband. She was known to make impromptu stops on the side of the road to collect wildflowers. She was an enthusiastic traveler and a fantastic cook, and loved to eat hard shell crabs from the Chesapeake Bay. 

Dolores’s greatest love was her family and grandchildren, but as evidenced by her many friends and acquaintances, she had a genuine interest in and love for people around her. She was dedicated to helping others, and volunteered with local missions and charities wherever she lived. After moving to Cartersville in 2004, she was a docent at the Booth Western Art Museum soon after it opened, and was a member of Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, John C. and Dorothy M. (Kepner) Fehl, and her husband Jay. Survivors include a sister Nancy L. Stehle of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; brother John N. Fehl of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; daughter Lisa S. Hartley of Cartersville; step-daughter Donna L. Chronister (Stephen) of Warrenton, Virginia; son-in-law Bruce A. Hartley of Cartersville; grandchildren Stacey L. Chronister of Alexandria, Virginia; Juliana M. Hartley and Nathan A. Hartley of Cartersville; many nieces and nephews; lifelong friend Lois Luciano of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and special friend Mary Ann Waits of Cartersville. The family wishes to thank Dr. Satyen Mehta and the staff at The Hope Center in Cartersville, Dr. Jeffrey Esslinger and the staff at Amedisys Hospice in Cartersville, and Golden Home Services in Alpharetta for their wonderful care of Dolores. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11 AM at Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 100 W. Church Street, Cartersville, with Senior Pastor Kevin Lobello officiating. A reception and visitation will follow the service. Georgia Funeral Care and Cremation Services Funeral Home in Acworth is in charge of arrangements. Online remembrances can be made at www.georgiafuneralcare.com. Dolores will be interred in the Spring of 2020 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, www.komenatlanta.org, 3525 Piedmont Rd., Building 5, Suite 215, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. 

8 Comments To "Dolores Mae Fehl Highlands"

Mark Trovalli On Dec 31 2019 at 8am
I wish I would have visited Dolores once more before she left for Georgia. She was so sharp and worldly - I knew I was in for an interview or challenge whenever she would meet me at the door when I came to visit Lisa. I will always remember Jay at the kitchen bar, and Dolores cooking something gourmet in the kitchen, and running interference for Lisa and me in the living room. I hope/ think I eventually won her over. Hard shell crabs at the patio table and chocolate covered anything from now on Dolores..!! Reply to this comment
Michelle Balthaser(Luce) On Dec 28 2019 at 8pm
I’m so sorry for your loss Lisa It’s so hard losing a parents and watching them get old I have so many fond memories of spending time with your mom I felt like I was there a lot I loved spending time with her and hanging out at the house I remember Jay too I’ll be thinking of you as you go through this difficult time Love and hugs to you and your family Reply to this comment
Burton & Peg Smith On Dec 28 2019 at 6pm
Sorry for your loss. Meet Dee in 1976 when we moved here from Pittsburgh area. Dee always spoke to you and had that wonderful smile. When I drive up the street, I still think I should see her standing in the window, on here phone. Rest In Peace lovely lady. Reply to this comment
Jeffrey Riddle On Dec 28 2019 at 12pm
My condolences to the entire family. Dee was always soo friendly and took anyone in and loved them like they were her own. She always made me feel welcome and loved. RIP Dee, you wont be forgotten. Reply to this comment
Heather On Dec 28 2019 at 12pm
Lifting you all in prayer... Your mom was a beautiful lady inside and out! So many of my childhood memories include her!!! I have always had a special place in my heart for her... and always will! I am blessed to have known her! And I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to ‘see’ her via FaceTime in October... Big Hugs!! Rest Peacefully, Dee... Reply to this comment
Taylor Cassatt On Dec 28 2019 at 12pm
Aunt Dee was loved by so many. She was an inspiration to me, to pursue nursing. She helped shape who I am today, with out long talks and card sending. I’m praying for you Lisa, and your family. We love you all very much! Reply to this comment
Mary Ann Waits On Dec 28 2019 at 8am
Dee was a precious friend and the bond we shared was wonderful, I will miss seeing and talking with her everyday. Rest In Peace sweet friend!! Reply to this comment
Dolores & Bob Eberly On Dec 28 2019 at 8am
Lisa, so sorry for your loss.. Reply to this comment
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