In Memoriam


Dolores Monica Mendocino Feemster

SPARKS, NEVADA (25 May 2018) — Reno-Sparks NAACP matriarch and former president Dolores Feemster passed away in the 5:00 a.m. hour on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks, Nevada. She was 89. The U.S. civil rights community and all Nevada mourn. She was born in a house on Morrill Avenue in Reno on May 24, 1929. She celebrated her 89th birthday with her family yesterday. Memorial service arrangements have been announced. With Elder Bill Moon and Eddie Scott, the Reno-Sparks Branch has lost three former presidents in the past year. We carry forward in their honor.

Official Feemster Family Obituary
Reno Gazette-Journal 6-6-2018

A duo of D-Days visit Nevada this week
Barbwire by Andrew Barbano / Sparks Tribune 6-6-2018

Women's Hall of Famer Dolores Feemster was a rarity: A native Nevadan
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 5-31-2018

Mother Dolores: Our village loses its patron saint
Barbwire by Andrew Barbano / Sparks Tribune 5-30-2018

Reno loses civil rights activist, matriarch Dolores Feemster
By Anjeanette Damon / Sunday 5-27-2018 / Reno Gazette-Journal — Memorial Day, 5-28-2018

   Reach out your hand
If your cup is empty
   If your cup is full
may it be again
   Let it be known
There is a fountain
   That was not made
By the hands of men

Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia


Darryl K. Feemster, Sr., 1962-2017



Remembering Dolores


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Fri, 8 Jun 2018 21:31:08 / 2:31 p.m. PDT

Ms. Dolores Feemster or "Mother HUG" will be long remembered as the go-to person when any child, parent, teacher or coach needed any assistance of any kind from food to eat to directions anywhere in Northern Nevada. Her spirit will not only live in the many relatives she leaves behind but in the heart and soul of all of those, she touch and inspired. She will be missed but never forgotten. She opened doors, refused to build walls, met adversity with a smile and a prayer head on and became a hero to all of us.


Coach Rollins Stallworth

Mr. Rollins Stallworth
M.Ed., Physical Ed., CSA
Coordinator, Washoe County School District Department of Activities and Athletics
Nevada Interscholastic Association Board of Directors, Vice President 2017-2019

Fri, 25 May 2018 23:33:36 (PDT)
I'm very sorry we have lost this amazing force of a woman. She was always involved in the lives of her family and friends and an inspiration to so very many in the community. She and my mother (Helen Tyler Stewart White, 1921-2013) were longtime friends. I know John (White), my brother will be saddened. We will keep an eye out for her service/memorial time. Thx for letting us know, Andrew. — Holly English, Reno
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Dolores always credited Helen with involving her in the Branch.]

Fri, 25 May 2018 19:37:46 PDT
I am very sorry to hear this. I interviewed Dolores for my thesis. If you are including a bibliography, it's titled: "The Biggest Little Struggle: Black Activism in Reno, 1954 to 1965" by Geralda D. Miller, co-owner of Art Spot, Reno (former Reno Gazette-Journal reporter)

Sat, 26 May 2018 00:14:45 (UTC/GMT)
So sorry to hear about this lady that passed away — especially because yesterday, May 24, was my birthday. I was 93. I'd better keep busy for there must be something important I have left to do! — Barbara Davis, former Harolds Club-Reno dealer; author "Craps and the Showgirl," Las Vegas, Nevada

Fri, 25 May 2018 17:10 PDT
NAACP Branch 1111 sends our sincere condolences and prayers on the loss of an iconic woman. — Roxann McCoy, President, NAACP Las Vegas Branch No. 1111

Fri, 25 May 2018 23:46:12 GMT
How sad to lose Mrs. Feemster. Thanks for letting me know. — Howard Rosenberg, University of Nevada-Reno Professor Emeritus; former regent, Nevada System of Higher Education; former member, Washoe County School District Board of Trustees

Fri, 25 May 2018 16:46:07 PDT
Oh, no. What a lovely lady. Before I actually met her, when my son died last year, she read about it somewhere and sent me a card. — Dennis Myers, News Editor, Reno News & Review

Fri, 25 May 2018 16:33:49 (PDT)
So sorry to hear Andrew. Thanks for letting us know .— Brooke Santina, Public Information Officer, Nevada Department of Corrections

Fri, 25 May 2018 16:32:53 PDT
Thanks for sending information. Very sad day. — Elvira Diaz, Reno

Fri, 25 May 2018 16:23:52 PDT
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Please let me know if you need anything from me. — Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr., International Community of Christ

Fri, 25 May 2018 16:22:09 PDT
Oh no, I'm so sorry. Dolores was so far ahead of her time. I had the honor to meet her years ago. She was smart, witty, charming and humble all at the same time. We spoke periodically after I decided to get in the race for governor. She was a mentor and delightful to visit with. She truly paved the way for women and communities of color. Washoe County should be proud to have had her counsel. She will live on through her family and all her good works. — Christina Giunchigliani, Vice-Chair, Clark County Commission




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