Dolores A. Mendez

Dolores A. Mendez, 85, of Markle, IN, and a former resident of Decatur, IN, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Markle Health and Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Mendez was a homemaker. She retired from Adams Memorial Hospital, where she had worked as a CNA for 21 years. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Rosary Society and St. Mary’s Hispanic Society. She volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

She was born Aug. 29, 1932, in Monroe to Eutimio and Maria Ortiz Ayala. She married Paul G. Mendez on Oct. 3, 1950, in Dallas, TX, and he survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Karen D. (Marlin) Bowman, of Decatur, and Eileen J. (Chabela) Mendez, of Oakland, CA; six sons, Paul Mendez Jr., Eric J. (Margaret) Mendez and Matthew N. Mendez, all of Decatur; Edward D. (Dianna) Mendez, of West Palm Beach, FL; David J. Mendez, of Lebanon; and Patrick A. Mendez, of Madison; eight siblings, Mike Ayala, Rosie Herrera, Louis Ayala, Jessie Ayala, Cora Herrera, Juanita Ruelas, Johnny Ayala and Teresa Miranda, all of the Fort Worth, TX, area; nine grandchildren, Alicia (Patrick) Mendez-McCarthy, Zivan (Melissa) Mendez, Gregory (Tiffany) Mendez, Alexander Mendez, Peter Johnson, Mary Johnson, Sean Andrews, Emma Mendez and Samuel Mendez; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Rev. Bob Lengerich presiding. Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or Markle Health and Rehabilitation Auguste’s Cottage.

Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, was in charge of arrangements.