Dolores Alvarado


Dolores Marie (Barnes) Alvarado was born to her parents Harry Ellsworth Barnes and Ora Mae Barnes in Park Ridge, Kentucky on April 6th, 1937. She was their third child and eldest daughter. Having accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age, Dolores was baptized in 1949 at the Revelation Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio by the late Reverend George W. Sangster.

Dolores moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1950 to reside with her Uncle and Aunt, John, and Mattie Hughes, where she attended East High School. She graduated from East High School in 1954.

Dolores received her Associate Degree (Two-year Teaching Certification) in 1956 from Capital University and moved to Cleveland, Ohio to teach in the Cleveland Public School system. She also took summer classes while in Cleveland to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

After teaching for several years in Cleveland, Dolores moved to Chicago, Illinois to study at the Baptist Missionary Training School which is connected to the Moody Bible Institute.

From Chicago, Dolores went straight into the missions’ field. She began in Puerto Rico and served as the Missionary Educator at the Collegio Bautista (Baptist College) in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. It was there that she met Dodanin Alvarado who was home on leave from the Army after having served in Korea. She was renting a room from his older sister Anamin Alvarado y Mendez.

Dolores married Dodanin Alvarado, who by then was a combat veteran of the Korean and Viet Nam Wars, in January of 1964. From their union, three sons were born. Dodanin (Danny) in November 1964, Johnathan in December 1965, and Pedro in October 1972.

Upon her husband’s discharge from the Army in 1967, they moved to Columbus, Ohio where Dolores resumed her teaching career with the Columbus Public Schools. During her career with the Columbus Public Schools, Dolores earned her Master of Arts in Foreign Language Education from The Ohio State University. She was a distinguished educator in the Columbus Public School system for 34 years before retiring and devoting her life to spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.

Dolores was a missionary in several countries around the world to include Peru, Ecuador, Taiwan, China, Tibet, Hong Kong, and Nepal. She never got tired of spreading the Gospel of Christ. Eventually age slowed her down and she devoted the rest of her life to the church and to her family. Dolores passed away and went on to Glory on July 17th, 2022.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Ellsworth Barnes, and Ora Mae Barnes; brothers John and Vernon Barnes; and sister, Sue Virginia (Barnes) Hoskins. Dolores is survived by her three loving sons, Danny (Jessica), Johnathan (Antoinette) and Pedro (Anastasia) Alvarado; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Visitation 6-8:00pm Sunday, July 24, 2022 Rhema Christian Center, 2100 Agler Road and Funeral 10:00am Monday, July 25, 2022 at Rhema Christian Center, 2100 Agler Road.

Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.


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  1. Connee Underdown

    Mrs Alvarado was my 3 rd grade teacher at Beatty Park, I truly thank her for putting that famous paddle she had to my backside when I needed it, and making me write those 25 sentences when I talked too much!! She loved her students and wanted us to learn not clown!! I never forgot her and I never will!!! To her Family my heartfelt condolences(I’m in tears right now)She was a hell of a lady❤️Rest Easy Mrs A

  2. I remember Mrs. Alvarado from Beatty Park Elementary School! She was a fine teacher and person!

  3. A. Jeffrey LaValley

    My condolences and prayers to the family during this transitional season.

  4. The Jeffrey Family

    May God comfort and give you peace during this time of transition. Our prayers are with you all.

  5. Pastors Edward and Dianna Poindexter

    To the family of our wonderful Sister Dolores: Our hearts are broken for you all! Sister Dolores loved everyone! She set a beautiful example for all of us who served in Christian education and supported The Children’s Ministry at Rhema Christian Center. She was a dynamic prayer Warrior! We will miss her! Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. May the Lord be your refuge and strength during this difficult time of loss!

  6. Mrs. Alvarado would like this one. She was chosen to share faithfulness and goodness throughout the world!

  7. My condolences to the family for Mother Alvarado was a great woman of God who very wavered in her faith. Her life displayed the character of God. I’m glad allowed me to know and serve with her on the mission field.

  8. Dr. Jennifer Faison Kelly

    I thank God for allowing me to know this great woman of God. I called her “chosen vessel” . She was such a special lady to me – so humble, soft-spoken, firm and strong at the same time. I loved or conversations and she always spoke truth. I thought that she would be a perfect young Mary (mother of Jesus) in a play. 🙂 I could hear her saying “Behold the maidservant of the Lord, Let it be to me according to your word”. – Luke 1:38 May her children, and children’s children be a blessing and continue in her legacy. Peace, love, and comfort as we celebrate the life of Ms. Alvarado!


    Mother Alvarado, was such a huge blessing in my life. I’m so thankful for all of the time we got to share and the lessons she taught me. Because of our time together I am secure in my faith and my walk with Christ.
    Thank you so much to the Alvardo family for sharing your mother with me and my family.

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