Dorothy Duran Escalante was born on December 10, 1934, in Roswell, New Mexico. She was the eldest of eight children, and while also living in Southern California during some of her life, she always called Roswell her home. Dorothy attended local grade and middle schools, and she graduated from Roswell High.
Dorothy married Joe S. Albarez on February 1, 1952, and they raised their four daughters on the Albarez family farm six miles east of town. Dorothy and Joe worked hard on the farm growing crops and raising livestock. Many Easter egg hunts and baseball games were held out in the fields, and with their parents’ help, the girls even raised their own lambs. They moved into Roswell in 1961 where Dorothy refreshed her skills and became a secretary in 1966. She and Joe Albarez divorced in 1970.
In 1972 Dorothy married Henry Bramall, and with her daughters, she moved to Santa Fe for one year and then moved to Anaheim, CA. She reunited with her family in Wilmington, CA, and spent many happy times camping, playing card games, and spending holidays together. In 1976, she and Henry Bramall divorced.
In 1978, Dorothy married Miguel Escalante. They resided in Santa Ana, CA, and then retired to Roswell in 1979. Dorothy became active in civic affairs and served as president of the St. Mary’s Auxiliary from 1986 to 1987. The Extension was an outlet for her creativity in crafts, her appetizing baked goods, and she looked forward to the “Secret Santa” gifting at Christmas. She enjoyed fishing trips with Miguel, her sister Mary Frances, and brother-in-law Macedonio Escalante. The four lived on the same property for many years, traveled together, cut down Christmas trees in the forest, and shared many other fun activities.
Dorothy was a lifelong Yankees baseball fan. She was thrilled to see them play live at Yankee
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Stadium, at Angel Stadium, and at spring training in Florida. Her favorite players were Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. She will be remembered fondly for her delicious cooking, and her tamales were simply the best. They were always a hit at the holidays. She was an expert jitter-bugger and loved to dance. She enjoyed listening to Ray Charles, Andy Williams, and Mexican ballads. She was a kind, generous, tender woman with a heart of gold.
Dorothy is survived by her daughters JoAnne Federico (Michael), Alice Albarez-Draeger (Don),
Angela Albarez; siblings Richard Duran (Roxanne), Magil Duran (Willadine), Emma Duran Burt (Art), Victoria Baca (Ray), granddaughter Cori Gonzales (Desmond), great-grandchildren Desmond, Jr., and Aubrey Gonzales.
She is preceded in death by her parents Manuel and Martha Duran, daughter Patricia Albarez Douglas, siblings Susana Barragan, Mary Frances Escalante, Manuel Duran, Jr., and grandson Jeremiah Bell. She was greatly loved and will be forever missed by those who loved her. She will always remain in our hearts and in our memories. God blessed her mightily on earth, and she is now with her loved ones in Heaven.
The family would like to thank her caregivers Eva, Margie, and Takiesha.
Cremation services will be in the care of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held at Waymaker Church on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow. Protective masks and social-distancing are requested for the safety of those in attendance.
Dorothy’s tribute was written in her honor by her family.