Delores Ann “Punk” Soltow of Gatesville, TX, passed away January 3, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 31st, 1944 in Gatesville, Texas, to the late Roland & Edda Mae Blanchard. She was the youngest of seven siblings.
Punk graduated from Gatesville High School in 1962 and earned her cosmetology and real estate licenses. After graduating from Baylor University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, she taught for 18 years in the Gatesville Independent School district. She was a lifelong member of Mountain Baptist Church.
On November 17, 1962 she married the love of her life, Billy Ben Soltow. She and Billy enjoyed spending their time with precious family and their beloved dog, Sassy--antiquing, road tripping, gardening, and back porch sitting. Their summers in Lake City, Colorado were filled with grandkids, campfires, heart-rock hunting, jeeping, and trips to the ice cream parlor.
Punk is survived by her husband of 57 years, Billy Ben Soltow; children, Michelle Byrd and husband, Johnny, Todd Soltow and wife, Melissa, Jeff Soltow and wife, Keri. She is also survived by grandchildren, Brittany Underwood and husband, Kevin, Courtney Bernard and husband, Regan, Bailey Soltow, Emily Soltow, Tyler Soltow, Delaney Byrd, Logan Soltow, Mason Soltow, Clay Kemp, Kylie Soltow, Cole Kemp, Keaton Soltow; great-grandchildren, Ava and Beckett Underwood and Baby Bernard; sister, Darlene Ellis, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Punk was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Doris Marie Blanchard and Deane Lacy; brothers, Bobby Blanchard and William Blanchard. Punk was joined in Heaven by her oldest sister, Dorothy Baize, on Saturday, January 4.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 8th at 10:00 a.m., at Scotts Funeral Home in Gatesville, with graveside services to follow at Restland Cemetery. The viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, January 7th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The family would like to collect your favorite stories or pictures of Punk to create a memory book for family and friends. Please bring them to services or email them to [email protected].
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Gatesville Boys & Girls Club, 2533 E. Main Street, Gatesville, TX 76528.