Dolores "Dee" Lockwood

dolores lockwood

August 21, 1931 ~ February 5, 2021

Born in: Tacoma, Washington
Resided in: Fremont, California

Dolores “Dee” Lockwood, of Fremont, California, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of February 5, due to complications of the COVID-19 virus. She was 89.

Dolores was born in Tacoma, Washington, where she spent her early years and graduated from Stadium High School.  Eventually moving East to Washington, D.C, she worked at NBC with Chet Huntley for a time, and  when television went to color, she became known as NBC’s  “color girl,” as the camera crews used her red hair to calibrate their cameras.

Dee also met her husband, David Silvernale, while in D.C., and had the first of their two children, daughter Victoria. After just a few years, the family moved back West, so David could complete his masters at the University of Washington.  They finally settled in Hayward, where several years later, Dolores would have her second child, Christopher.  They purchased a home in Fremont in 1960.

Dolores’ ultimate involvement in the Fremont community was her dedication to two generations of Irvington High School athletes, via the Irvington Boosters Club, not only because Victoria and Chris were both active participants in sports-related programs, and graduates of Irvington High School, but because her grandchildren, Zachary and Matthew Silvernale, were also standout athletes, and graduates, as well.

This decades-long involvement and support of Irvington’s sports-related activities, especially when Zach and Matt were active, caused her to become affectionately known as “Grandma Dee”.

In subsequent years, Dee would become known as a talented seamstress, crafter, an active practitioner of karaoke, and member of the social entity, Parents Without Partners.  She loved recording CD’s for her friends and family.

Dee is survived by her two children, Victoria Adam and son-in-law, Ren Adam, of Ojai, California; and Christopher and daughter-in-law, Kathleen, of Fremont; her sisters Maureen Mayberry, of Lynden, Washington; and Kathy Millar, of Milton-Freewater, Oregon; and a multitude of nieces and nephews and 2 great-grandchildren.

Dee was a wonderful friend, sister, aunt, grandma and most importantly, a MOM.  There will be a family celebration of Dee’s life in Tacoma, Washington, at a later date.

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  1. We ALL loved our Auntie Dee Dee so very much and treasure each of our memories. There will only ever be one Auntie Dee Dee and we thank God for her. Sending our love as you miss your precious Mom.

  2. CandleI’m sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, Victoria, and that she passed peacefully. You and you family are in my heart.

  3. CandleVicki, Christopher, and Families, we are saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. She was the same age as our parents.
    Our moms are so special. Sending you prayers to help you through this difficult time.
    Teresa and Paul Merrill

  4. CandleI remember Dee as Victoria’s Mom. I was struck by how beautiful she was but, also how kind, loving and fun she was.
    My sympathies to you, Vic, and all your family.
    Susan Hammond

  5. CandleI am very sorry for your family’s loss. Heart felt condolences to all that loved her. Chris, hugs to you my lifetime friend.

    Terry Valdez

  6. CandleI’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, Vicki. Such a beautiful woman. Prayers of comfort for you and your families.

  7. To Chris and Vicki, family and friends –

    Dee was a special person. Loving, enthusiastic, generous, with a great sense of humor that lasted through her lifetime. Her house was always a safe place for us as teenagers. She listened, laughed with us and gave us great advice! The world was a better place with her in it.

    Thank you Dee!

  8. CandleDee was truly one of the kindest and most energetic people I’ve ever met. Her joy of life and love of singing was beautiful to watch. She lite up the room when she walked in the door!

    We loved Dee so very much. She will be missed by so many!

    May she Rest In Peace.

  9. CandleI met her when I was newly divorced with children, survivor of DV. Her kindness and dedication gave me hope, lapping me with love I definitely needed at the time. She was like a mother to me as well as a good friend. Years later, when I graduated from UC Berkeley and decided to move to Ku South America, she gave me a silver necklace with butterfly shape telling me to fly wherever you want and to stay free. I love you Dee, and thank you for everything you have done.

  10. CandleVictoria& Chris,
    I Berber meant your mother but felt that I knew her through all of Victoria’s wonderful stories about your childhood and then in later life. I so wish I would have had a chance to meet her. Victoria never told me she had red hair!

  11. CandleVictoria,
    As the embrace of your mother’s love surrounds you in ever-lasting deep feelings, may your heart find peace.

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