Barbara C. Dolan (Hettrick) RN of Cranston, Rhode Island and Ocala, Florida passed away on January 2, 2021 in Ocala, FL. Barbara was the daughter of the late Howard and Addie Belle Snowden Hettrick. Barbara was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina where she attended Elizabeth City High School.
She was predeceased by her brother Howard (Buddy) Hettrick, her sisters Evelyn Miserere Williams, Eleanor Hettrick Askew, Dawn Hettrick Edwards, and Alice Hettrick Polliti.
She leaves behind many generations of nieces and nephews that she delighted in. Barbara was a remarkably dedicated OR Nurse for many years, retired from RI and St Joseph’s Hospitals while being an integral part of researching and procuring equipment for the modernization of the hospital operating rooms. Barbara never lost her thirst for knowledge in all things medical and cultural. She attended weekly symposiums and lectures at local Ocala hospitals and universities until recently.
Barbara was the wife of the late Leo J. Dolan, a decorated WWII Navy Airship Officer and Patriot. Barbara and Leo traveled the globe, sailed all of the Seven Seas and saw the Wonders of the World. We loved to sit in their basement with popcorn watching their carousels of slides bringing the Orient, African safaris and the treasures of Europe and the South Pacific alive while they narrated. They traveled by rail bus and auto for weeks at a time to catalog America the Beautiful and then set out to wear the paint off cruise ships. Barbara had a huge circle of friends at their various civic organizations, the cruise ladies and golf clubs.
Barbara’s outspoken and direct personality only took a backseat to her opinion, she was very passionate. Barbara’s last wishes at 93 were “I want to vote, see Trump get his hat handed to him, and die peacefully”. She hit the trifecta and we will miss her.
Barbara will be interred with Leo at the Florida National Cemetery. Burial will be private.