Dolores Tubbs: 1928-2020

The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association mourns the passing of Dolores Tubbs. She was 91. Dolores was a founding member of the HVBA and served for many years as our Secretary and Membership Coordinator.

Dolores was the first to answer founder Jeff Anzevino’s call when he placed an ad on WHVW AM-950 back in the fall of 1994 seeking bluegrass fans seeking camaraderie. Dolores was the HVBA’s first and most enthusiastic member. Without her dedication the HVBA would not have launched as successfully as it did. We all owe Dolores a huge debt of gratitude.

Born Dolores Veronica Doell in Poughkeepsie on November 28, 1928, she graduated Poughkeepsie High School in 1947 and enjoyed a 56-year marriage with husband Howard, who predeceased her in 2011. Dolores and Howard travelled extensively in their RV, ventured out on the Hudson in their antique wooden motorboats, square danced, and of course attended many, many bluegrass concerts. She lived for many years in Hyde Park and retired from IBM in 1991.

Dolores was an able volunteer, devoting her time and talents in the greenhouse at a local hospital in Poughkeepsie, the Renaissance Nursing Home as well as with the HVBA.

Dolores will be missed by her three sons; Kevin (and wife Sue), Neal (and wife Joan), and Carl (and wife Amy) and was predeceased in 1964 by her son Paul. She will also be missed by five grandchildren and four great granddaughters.

Dolores spent the last years of her life valiantly fighting a rare form of melanoma and she is now resting in peace.

Thank you, Dolores, for the love you’ve shared with us and for your contributions to making the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association a success. You are missed.

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