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Dolores Leona Rivitt

August 31, 1927 December 15, 2019
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Long-time Alaska resident and retired Salvation Army Officer, Dolores Leona Rivitt passed away in Anchorage on December 15, 2019. She was 92.

Dolores was born in Crookston, Minnesota on August 31, 1927 to Leon and Mabel Rivitt. During her childhood, the family relocated to Washington state, where in the late 1940’s, Dolores was invited to The Salvation Army Bellingham Corps. While there, she felt a calling to serve the Lord by helping people. She attended the Salvation Army School for Officer Training in San Francisco and was commissioned as a Probationary Lieutenant on June 19, 1950. Her first appointment was to Sitka, Alaska.

Dolores served with distinction for approximately 35 years in Alaska conducting a ministry of love in Juneau, Sitka, Anchorage, Kake and Ketchikan. In 1970-71, Dolores was an instructor at a Salvation Army Leadership Institute in Sitka. There were three graduates: Lloyd Davis, Billy Wilson and C. Joe Murray. Dolores call them her boys. She also served several times on staff at Divisional Headquarters in Anchorage.

While she considered Alaska home, Dolores also served with The Salvation Army in Kalispell, Montana; Fort Collins, Colorado; Divisional Headquarters in Portland, Oregon; and Divisional Headquarters in San Francisco, California.

She returned to Alaska for the last time in June 1983 and served until her retirement with the rank of Major in 1992. At the time of retirement Dolores had approximately 42 years of active service. After retirement she continued to work at Divisional Headquarter in Anchorage. Because of her ongoing labor of love and service in Alaska, she was awarded The Salvation Army’s highest award, “The Order of the Founder.”

Dolores loved the Alaska people and the land. She was quoted as saying, “To serve in Alaska successfully you have to get to know and love the people. Learn about their culture. Enjoy the beauty of the land.” During a flu outbreak in Kake, Dolores cut and delivered firewood to families, so they could keep their fires going. For her sacrificial service the people respectfully called her, “the battle-axe.”

Dolores was adopted by the Tlingit people and given the Raven name, Shaawaat Tlein (Big Woman). This name was a reflection of her “big love” for the people.

She was proceeded in death by her three brothers: Lowell Rivitt, Lyle Rivitt, Leon Rivitt, Jr. She is survived by a niece, Lanelle M. Rivitt; two nephews, Lyle Rivitt Jr. and David Rivitt. She adopted a grandson, Jordan McCulley, the son of Cathie McCulley. Dolores was also the Godmother to Dolores (Murray) Svenson. She has many Tlingit relatives and many Salvation Army friends.

There will be a Promoted to Glory Service on Friday, January 10 at 7:00 pm, at the Salvation Army Anchorage Korean Corps, located at 2100 DeArmoun Rd. A time of fellowship will follow. Please bring finger food to share. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in Kake, Alaska on January 25th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Salvation Army Alaska Division, P.O. Box 101459, Anchorage, AK 99510.

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7:00 PM 1/10/2020 7:00:00 PM
The Salvation Army Anchorage Korean Corps

2100 De Armoun Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99515

The Salvation Army Anchorage Korean Corps
2100 De Armoun Rd. Anchorage 99515 AK
United States

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