Delores Cole

Delores Cole

October 22, 1939 December 23, 2019

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Obituary for Delores A. Cole (Delores Ann Ashley)

Delores Cole was born on October 22, 1939 to Geneva Pate and JB Ashley in Osceola, AR where she lived until she was 13 years old. She moved to Michigan in 1952 where she attended Willow Run Schools and graduated in 1958. Delores was a highly loved and respected teacher in the Willow Run School District, and taught there for 34 years. In 2001, she was inducted into the Willow Run Hall of Fame for all of her accomplishments in teaching, and all that she did for the school district.

Delores graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and went on to receive her Masters degree as well. She was incredibly proud of both of her degrees, and always believed that an education was one of the most important things that you could have. Throughout her life, she loved music and was the drum major of the Willow Run High School marching band. Her love of music spanned her life, where you could always find her singing and humming, and listening to music, most especially country. She had quite the sweet tooth, always loving jelly beans the most, and also had a fondness for shopping and playing board games.

She will be loved and missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband James Cole, her sons Tim (Lesa) Blackburn and Todd (Penny) Blackburn, her grandchildren Kristen, Max and Kaitlyn Blackburn and numerous friends, and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her daughter DeLynn Blackburn, her mother Geneva Jording and her brother Jeffrey Jording.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to support the Melanoma Research Fund. Checks may be made payable to “University of Michigan” and sent to:

Michigan Medicine Office of Development
1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

You may also call 734-764-6777 to make your gift.

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  • Visitation

    Friday December 27, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Friday December 27, 2019
    11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    Friday December 27, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Friday December 27, 2019
    Pastor Kyle Bucholz
  • Interment

    Washtenong Memorial Park
    3771 Whitmore Lake Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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My thoughts are with Delores’ family. It is so painful to lose someone, yet no one else can really know all that you feel except our Heavenly Father. He knows and feels your pain. He calls death an enemy and promises to remove it forever, Isaiah 25:8 “And he will swallow up death forever…” He also promised to wake up all our loved ones, in the memorial tombs, from death (Isaiah 26:19). What joy it will be to see our loved ones again and to enjoy life as our Creator purposed (Psalms 145:16). I  hope these words give all of you comfort.
Comment | Posted at 12:05pm via Condolence

Vickie Hollifield

Our sympathy to you, Tim, & all your family! Special memories you have if your Mom! Love you - Dan & Vickie
Comment | Posted at 10:50am via Condolence

Paula Elliott

I remember this amazing woman first as my reading teacher at Henry Ford, but I remember her most fondly as a friend. This dear woman showed love and kindness to me through most of my adult life. My thoughts and prayers go out to her entire family. She will always hold a special place in my heart.
Comment | Posted at 07:37pm via Condolence

Bruce Johnson

Our condolence and prayers to Jim and the family.
Comment | Posted at 12:37pm via Condolence

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