Delores "Dee" Scanlon

Delores M. Scanlon, 86, of Leavenworth, passed away Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. She was born April 27, 1929, in Iola, Kan., the daughter of William F. and M.E. “Peg” (Harris) Zink and was the younger sister of Darryl W. “Pete” Zink.

Delores Scanlon

Her father was a manager for Montgomery Wards and the family traveled with Wards until being transferred to Leavenworth. Her father left Montgomery Wards to purchase Cobb’s Ice Cream Parlor, where Dee worked throughout her high school years. Dee attended Leavenworth Public Schools and Immaculata High School where she converted to Catholicism her senior year at Imac.

She was top of her class all four years at Imac and received a full-ride, four year scholarship to St. Mary College, but instead on June 30, 1947, she married Thomas M. Scanlon at “The Old Cathedral”. To this union were born nine children. She was very proud of the fact that she and Tom were able to send all their children through Catholic schools on one income and a “whole lot of doing without!” After renting for a couple of years, Tom remodeled the old Abernathy stables at 110 Shawnee Street and that was “home” the last 60+ years. Through all her hospital stays, all she wanted was to “get me back inside those red bricks at 110 and I’ll be alright!”

Dee was a stay at home mom for her kids, where she decorated and sold cakes; she made the wedding cakes for hundreds of Leavenworth couples. She kept the books for Tom’s business, Scanlon Heating & Cooling. Through the years she also sold Tupperware and Sarah Coventry. At age 50, she went to work for First National Bank. She later transferred to Leavenworth National (Country Club) Bank, where she retired at age 75. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Altar Society. Although humbled by the nomination, she was proud of the fact she was selected to the Immaculata High School Hall of Fame in 2012.

Dee loved to travel, watch baseball, and enjoyed playing farkle and joker at the Heritage Center. She loved to play Crazy 8’s with her kids and grandkids—but she HATED to lose—and made them VERY aware of that!!! She was proud of her Native American heritage—although it often took a ‘back seat’ to all things Irish. She was a positive and upbeat person with a perpetual smile, and even through her long, agonizing suffering, she was always trying to make sure that YOU were doing okay, as that was all that mattered to her.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Debbie; husband Tom; sister JoAnn Williams; and her brothers Pete Zink and Jim Simms.

She is survived by her children, Pat (Susie) Scanlon; Mike “Whiz” Scanlon, Nancy Scanlon, Colleen (Rick) Rogers, Katie (Steve) Rainey, Tim (Beth) Scanlon, Mary (John) Wheaton and Rosie Spain (Joe Ilmberger); 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; her cousin, Peg Dodge; sisters-in-law Patricia Zink and Georgia Scanlon; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday Dec. 27, 2015, at The Church of the Immaculate Conception, 709 N. 5th Street, with recitation of the Rosary at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Immaculate Conception on Monday Dec. 28, 2015, at 10 a.m., with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm., as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Cavalry Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Immaculata High School.