Dolores Harney

Nov. 13, 1925-May 6, 2019

Dolores Pauline “Toots”

Harney, 93, of Pulaski,

NY, formerly of Minot,

ND, passed away peace-

fully Monday, May 6,

2019 at her residence in

Upstate New York with

her daughter Elaine by

her side and having ear-

lier seen her son Kevin.

Born November 13,

1925 in rural Cando,

North Dakota, Dolores

was the daughter of Min-

nie (Momb) and Raymond

Fox who farmed in Town-

er County. The family

moved to a farm in Ben-

son County, near

Brinsmade, when Dolores

was about fourteen years

old. Dolores was educated

in country schools in both

counties and boarded

with relatives in town to

attend Leeds High School.

Prior to WWII, she accept-ed an opportunity to join

relatives in Tacoma, WA

where she received train-

ing and was employed

with the Safeway Super-

market chain. Upon re-

ceiving word from her fa-

ther of her mother’s ill

health, she returned to

ND to help with the fami-

ly farm.

Dolores was united in

marriage to William Har-

ney on September 18,

1951 at Minnewaukan,

ND where Bill was em-

ployed with Hofstrand

Farms. They lived in the

Leeds area until 1957,

when they moved to

Minot, where Bill was em-

ployed at the Minot Air

Force Base in civil service

work. Her training

secured positions with

Oppen’s, Piggly Wiggly,

and after an interval spent

raising her daughter

Michele and doing child-

care in the home, Dolores

resumed employment and

retired from Barlow’s

(later Miracle Mart) in


Dolores and Bill were

members of St. Leo’s

Catholic Church, Minot.

Dolores did a stint as

secretary of the Nedrose

School Board. In retire-

ment years, she served as

a secretary for the Nation-al Association of Retired

Federal Employees

(NARFE). In December

1974, Dolores and her

daughter Elaine received

appreciation letters from

the Minot Police Depart-

ment for assisting in the

apprehension of two

young men and the

recovery of a purse stolen

from an elderly woman.

Dolores and Bill were

proud that their children

carried on Bill’s tradition

of military service: son

Kevin retired Army,

sons-in-law retired Navy

and Air Force, and grand-

son Paul, Army.

A skilled seamstress,

Dolores found time to sew

special dresses for her

daughters and made many

of her own clothes. She

had a passion for fabric

and with her Aunt Debs

delighted in fabric shop-

ping. She also em-

broidered, crocheted,

knitted, and did cross

stitch and needlepoint of

various types, including

Norwegian bell pulls.

Dolores was a dedicated

genealogist, having traced

the ancestry of three fami-

ly branches. She enjoyed

country music and danc-

ing, in particular polkas.

Meal time was a delight in

the family home, rivaled

by her own baking skills.

And deep in her heart al-

ways, was her love for

North Dakota, shared by

her family. That love was

expressed well in a line of

the poem, “A Letter

Home,” by James W. Fo-

ley, North Dakota’s poet

laureate, “. . . there’s

something in Dakota.”

Dolores is survived by:

her children: Deborah

Harney, Colorado Springs,

CO; Elaine (Jon) Ains-

worth, Colorado Springs,

CO; and Kevin (Pam) Har-

ney, Pulaski, NY;

Grandchildren: Paul

Brown of Colorado

Springs, Elizabeth Ains-

worth of Colorado

Springs, Lindsey (Jesse)

Hatfield of Tampa, FL,

Jennifer (Colby)

Harney-Pemberton of

Bentonville, AR, William

O. Anderson of Williston,

ND; Great-Grandsons:

Alexander Good, Logan

Hatfield, and Bryson Hat-

field; Sister: Ardell (James

“Gene”) Harney, Santa

Maria, CA; along with

several nieces, nephews,

and cousins.

Dolores was preceded

in death by: her husband

of 57 years, William;

daughter, Michele Ander-

son; and an infant

daughter, Diane.

Services: A funeral ser-

vice will be held in Minot

at a later time with an

inurnment in Leeds, ND.

Memorials: Donations

in memory of Dolores

may be made to St. Jude

Children’s Hospital, 262

Danny Thomas Place,

Memphis, TN 38105.