She was a free spirit, beautiful inside and out, who reminds us to, “listen to the song of life.” She is rainbows, sunshine, smiles, whistling and thrives on the human touch. Her mission is to protect and care for others, preserve nature and create joy and art everywhere. She was our Mother Nature, and her legacy will live on forever through the many lives she touched with her love. We take comfort knowing she is no longer in pain and able to continue her passionate journey with us and many others as told by the poem we found in her jewelry box:
“God looked around His garden
and found an empty place,
He then looked down on earth
and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
and lifted you to rest,
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain,
He knew that you would never
get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough,
and the hills were hard to climb,
so, He closed your weary eyelids
and whispered “Peace be Thine.”
It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you did not go alone,
for part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.”
Mrs. Wyland is survived by the loves of her life and her pride and joys whom she stood by unconditionally: husband, James G. Wyland; son, Tom Craig and wife Shari; granddaughters, Heather and Ashley Craig; daughters, Elizabeth Craig and Jil Wyland; brother Mark Fincke, wife Beverly and son; brother Bernard Fincke, wife Margaret and daughter; sister Mary McBride and sons; Mr. Wyland’s brother, David Wyland and children; sister Joy Ellis, husband Al and children; and sister Dede Wyland.
If you would like to honor Dolores and her family, please be kind, do not litter, show compassion for those less fortunate and be thankful for life.
The Clayton Tribune, Dec. 29, 2011