Dolores Joy (Estes) Hofmann, was born on October 10, 1956, and passed away at 65 on July 16, 2022, in Lubbock, TX. Dolores grew up in Colorado, attending school there, and graduating from Fairview High School, class of 1975, in Boulder, CO. She attended college at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dolores took art classes at C.U. Boulder and in Taos, NM.
D. Estes, as she was known to the art world, was a renowned artist, signing all her works of art as “D. Estes.” She was able to experience her life’s dream of traveling to Italy and seeing Michaelangelo's works of art. The last artwork she did was for Don King Landscaping.
D. Estes was an original member of The Arts Coalition of Erie, CO. Her skills in painting included working with oils, watercolors, and pastels. She was also a great cake decorator and a wonderful gardener. In her spare time, Dolores volunteered with Girl Scouts of America, taught children’s art classes for free, and volunteered at the Erie, CO library.
Dolores was part owner/operator of Topeka Arts Antique Shop in Central City, CO. Dolores worked for The Broker Inn, Aspen Ribbons as quality control, and US West Security, and at Prudential Wise-McIntire. In 1978, Dolores was filmed as an extra in the western TV series, Centennial. Dolores had many years of health problems, finally succumbing to liver cancer.
D. Estes, or as others may know her, Dolores Hofmann, was preceded in death by her grandmother, Glyde Yockey, and uncle, Ronald Yockey. Those left to cherish her many memories are her mother Joy Yockey Estes, daughter Caroline Joy Hofmann, brother Wilhelm Estes, niece Adeline Estes Astwood, and a great nephew, Aaron Astwood.
Service arrangements to be announced at a later date.