Dolores A. (Kracht) Jenkins was born Oct. 29, 1935, in Louisville.
She lived in Louisville with her parents, Bill and Anne Jenkins, and two sisters, Sally and Janice, until they moved to Boulder.
In 1946, the family moved to Meeker, where her father, Bill Jenkins, owned and operated the Jenkins-Mathes Coal Mine. Dolores attended school in Meeker, and graduated from Meeker High School in 1953. She continued her education at Mesa College and was later employed at St. Mary's Hospital.
Dolores married Robert E. "Bob" Kracht in February 1954, when he returned home from military duty. They were married 53 years, and together raised three children: Rob, Scott and Kathy.
Dolores worked as a dispatcher and office manager for the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office for many years. While working alone on duty at the Sheriff's Office, she became an expert in multitasking.
She was previously a member of Chapter 100 Order of Eastern Star.
Dolores always had time for her family and arranged many summer vacations with Bob and their children, as well as family pets, to places such as Estes Park, Yellowstone, Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia.
She loved spending time at the Kracht family ranch with Bob, their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the family pets, Tuffy and Bear. She enjoyed many summers staying at the family cabin up Papoose Creek, fishing and having cook-outs with family and friends. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her good friends Becky Dunham, Ellen Reichert and Donna Brown.
She always enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and cooking. She won numerous awards at the fair with her specialty sauces, chokecherry jam and blue ribbon flowers. As an avid Meeker Cowboys sports fan, Dolores attended football and basketball games of her children and grandchildren throughout the years.
Dolores was an accomplished organ and piano player and won several competitions in her younger years. Up until recently, she continued playing the organ for her grandchildren. She enjoyed collecting old music and restoring antiques that she and Bob acquired at auctions.
She will long be remembered for her generosity to others, her willingness to help anyone in need, and love of all animals. She will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Anne Jenkins, and her husband, Bob. She is survived by her two sisters, Sally and Janice; her three children, Rob and his wife Paula; Scott and his wife Toni; and Kathy and her husband Greg; her three grandchildren Michael, Jason and DeLayne; and her three great-grandchildren, Andy, Sarah and Natalie.
At Dolores' request, no services are planned. Cremation took place Aug. 27, 2007, and a remembrance will take place at Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker, on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, from 10 a.m. until noon. Please stop in to sign the friendship book during that time.