Delores Darlene (Cole) Lanai

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PORTLAND - Delores Lanai passed away peacefully, among friends, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at the Tyler Suite at Mercy Hospital in Portland.

Delores was born Delores Darlene Cole on Oct. 4, 1943, in Wenatchee, Washington, to parents Cecile T. Sampson and David W. Cole. She lived with her grandparents and attended high school in Beaverton, Ore., and Lanai, Hawaii; and also attended Beirut College for Women in Lebanon.

She ran her own company, Venus Adventures, and led tours to women's sacred sites in England, Greece, Ireland and India. A strong feminist, Delores is included in Barbara J. Love's book, "Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975."

A resident of Peaks Island and then Portland for over 30 years, she kept the books for a number of Portland-based businesses and acted as personal organizer and assistant for Wendy Z. Ashley, Mythic Astrologer and the Sky Myth School. She was a founding member of the Rape Crisis Center in Washington, D.C., and involved in Maine rape crisis centers.

Delores was an active member of the Munjoy Hill Association and other non-profit organizations, including the Portland Hour Exchange. She also taught classes at OLLI Senior College, and was treasurer and secretary for the Feminist Spiritual Community of Portland, where she was known as Delores Sophia.

She is survived by her sister Bj Peck, and partner Norma, of New Mexico; her brother Dean MacLeod, of Florida; her niece Terran Kimberly Peck; her longtime friend and colleague, Wendy Z. Ashley, of Peaks Island; and Wendy's daughter, Tutti.

She also is survived by her adopted grandchildren, Boshawn, Meesha and Jaheem Paisley-Flango, of the Boston area.

A celebration of her life and memorial will be held later in the spring. Notice will be given on Delores Lanai's Facebook page. Online messages of tribute and condolence may be left at:

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 5, 2017
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