Mary Louise “Dolly” Sokora, 86, of Stuttgart, Arkansas, went home to our Lord on Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.
Dolly was born Aug. 11, 1932, in Slovak to Stanley and Cecilia Saranie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph N. “Buster” Sokora; her parents; her brother, Stanley “Sonny” Saranie; and infant sister, Margaret Saranie.
She will be greatly missed by her children: John Sokora of St. Louis, Missouri; Sheila (Nunzio) DeSantis of Dallas, Texas; Rick (Maureen) Sokora, of Düsseldorf, Germany; Susan (David) Hume of Cary, North Carolina; and Alaina (Greg) Switzer of Spring Hill, Tennessee; brother, Raymond (Marilyn) Saranie of Stuttgart; grandchildren Jacob, Rachel and Miriam Sokora; Marc Jacob and Emily DeSantis; Riley and Meredith Sokora; David, Sarah and Hannah Hume; Zachary, Andrew and Lauren Switzer; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Dolly was a loving and giving woman who embraced everyone with open and loving arms. She welcomed family, friends and new faces into her home and heart, and shared herself openly in a way that made people feel warm and understood. She always took the time to listen and accepted each individual for the person God created them to be.
Dolly never met a stranger and seldom did anyone walk away without learning a lesson, laughing or crying, or simply feeling like they had been touched by someone quite unique. She loved to dance and cook and was always quick to share her rich, memorable laugh. Her door was always open, her pots were always full, she always had a place at her table and her time for others always seemed immeasurable.
She was a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak before becoming a member and raising her family in Holy Rosary Catholic Parish of Stuttgart. Her time given to serve the church, her fellow parishioners and countless others is a testament to her faith. Throughout her lifetime, she worked at Layne Arkansas, Grand Prairie Savings and Loan, and Shields-Horst Real Estate, as well as managing the family farm in Slovak.
In her later years Dolly moved to Dallas, Texas, where her servant heart continued to touch others. She loved, and was loved by, all those who cared for her and shared in her life at Sunrise at Hillcrest Memory Care.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 8, at 5 p.m. with Rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Turpin Funeral Home in Stuttgart.
Funeral Mass will be Thursday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with burial following in Sts. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery.