Dolores was born on July 31, 1936 in Fortuna to Helen Goodwin and Glen Phelps, and was raised by her Aunt Fern and Harry St. John of Pepperwood, California. Dolores attended school in Fortuna where she performed as a majorette for the Fortuna High School marching band. She married Harold Murrish in 1953, at the young age of 17 and proceeded to have a family of four boys: Mark, Donald, Marvin, and Bart.
Dolores later married Eddie Engelbert and began a career in child-care in Eureka, California. After several years in the child-care profession, she changed direction and opened an elder care home on Henderson Avenue, in Eureka, called Especially You. Especially You proved not only to be a highly successful facility, but one of the most respected care homes in Humboldt County. Due to health reasons, Dolores sold the care home in 2004, and retired to Sea View Estates, a senior park on Humboldt Hill.
In 2010 Dolores, and her partner Nolan White, moved to a beautiful house in Fortuna. Dolores loved her new surroundings, where her front yard is filled with a multitude of roses, and her backyard has a garden area where a family of tree frogs live. Where once she enjoyed dancing, her home became her new paradise. She enjoyed the simple pleasures of nature so much she named each tree frog she would watch. However, when anyone stopped by to visit, she did what she could to get them in a card game - especially pinochle. Her sons were often trying to get her to learn the newest craze of Texas hold’em, and like any loving mom - she often complied.
Dolores was a delightful person, with a beautiful soul. She was funny and thoughtful, and full of life, and most of all - very spiritual. Anyone who stopped by her house could see she loved being surrounded by her angels. They were everywhere - adorning walls and shelves. However, only those that knew her well were aware that angels meant more to her than trinkets to look at. Dolores had angel guides that gave her a beautiful gift of automatic writing that she used to help her family and friends through spiritual counseling. She put many of her writings in a book, along with some of her inspiring poetry.
Dolores was loved immensely by her family and many friends. She contributed greatly to the communities she lived in, and her passing has left a huge void in all our lives. We know that Dolores was prepared for this journey and looked forward to joining her departed loved ones, and will be welcomed by her savior Jesus Christ.
Dolores was predeceased by her parents, Helen Goodwin and Glen Phelps, her aunt Fern and Harry St. John, her son Bart Scott Murrish, and her great-granddaughter Elia Romero.
Dolores is survived by her partner, Nolan White of Fortuna and his family; son, Mark Murrish of Eureka; son, Donald Murrish, and daughter-in-law, Layne Murrish of Redway; son, Marvin Murrish of Loleta; grandchildren, Cylus Murrish, Athena Murrish Horst, Jeremy Murrish, Chun-lin Romero, Bart Houston Murrish, Brodee Logan Murrish, Kyle Basnett, Autumn Murrish, Daniel Murrish, and Marissa Murrish; great-grandchildren, Rocky, Roxy, Camille, Jessica, Aidan, Jahsia, and Trinity; sister, Lillian Cherry of Fresno and her family; sister Martha Brown of Bakersfield and her family; brother, William McGuire of Weiser, Idaho; sister, Patricia Hollingsworth of Blythe and her family; aunt, June Montelbetti of Cutten and her family; uncle, Robert Goodwin of Orifino, Idaho and his family; uncle, Lynn Goodwin of Eureka and his family; aunt, Margaret Walstrom of Clovis and her family; aunt, Audrey Goodwin of Trinity Village; aunt, Edrice Day of Eureka and her family; and aunt, Janet Lamberson of Trinidad and her family.
A Celebration of Life gathering for Dolores will be held at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A short prayer and chance for family and friends to share special memories will begin at 2 p.m. with a light lunch following. Those wishing to donate to a charity in honor of Dolores are asked to consider Hospice of Humboldt County.
Address and directions to The Wharfinger Building:
The Wharfinger Building is located at the Public Marina on “1” Marina Way. This is at the corner of Waterfront Drive and Marina Way. Simplest directions: Take Wabash, past Costco, till it dead-ends on Railroad Dr., turn right. Railroad becomes Waterfront. Continue a short way, past the lumber-yard, until you see a large building on the left, before the boats. The sign out front says Public Marina.