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Mary Dolar Tejada

Funeral Mass for Mary Dolar Tejada, 96, Lawton, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with the Rev. Brian Beuttner, pastor, officiating.

She passed away Friday, May 11, 2018, in her family home. 

Burial will be in Post Cemetery, Fort Sill, under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

A vigil service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018, in the funeral home chapel.

She was born Aug., 6, 1921, in Tigbauan, Iloilo, Panay Philippines. Mary and her twin brother, Joseph were the only surviving pair of three sets of twins born to Ignacio Dolorfino Dolar, a business man, and his wife AsunciÛn (Placentero) Dolar. She had an older brother Manuel and a younger brother, Ignacio Jr. Mary was raised by her unmarried aunt, Salvadora Dolar.

Mary graduated from the Collegio de San Jose, Iloilo City, with a degree in teaching. She continued her education at the Philippine Normal University, National Center for Teacher Education in Manila. For over 15 years, Mary taught fourth and fifth grades at the Vicmico (Victorias Milling Company) Elementary School in Manapla, Philippines. There, she met her husband, Peter Infante Tejada Jr., who was a teacher before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War. 

Peter and Mary were married at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Victorias City, Philippines. Married for 53 years, they had three daughters and two beloved grandchildren. As a military spouse, Mary single-handedly raised her family as Peter was deployed to Korea, Vietnam, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Panama and Japan. Mary was a world traveler who believed that traveling was one of the best means of education. She encouraged her three daughters to pursue their dreams and sent them on to Cornell University, Columbia University, and fellowships at Harvard. 

Mary was an active member of the Blessed Sacrament Parish. Due in part to her own wartime experiences during WWII, Mary worked tirelessly in the church's ministries to Southeast Asian refugees. She also volunteered at St. Mary's Catholic School and the Thrift Shop, and was known to pray unceasingly for others. Mary was an original member of the Lawton Fort Sill Filipino American Association and was proud to share her heritage and faith with her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters: Nicholae Glynis Dolar Tejada and Piere Angeli Tejada Mariano; sons-in-law: Joseph Yu, and Col. Rodrigo A. Mariano, M.D., (ret.); two beloved grandchildren: Mary Ciara and Rohan Rodrigo Mariano; adopted daughter, Dolorita Tubola; adopted grandchildren: Jehan, Byron Kerr, Karen Dahl, Ivan Dave Tubola and their families, Rosan and Rosemarie Mariano; the families of Roberto, Rudolfo, Rogelio, Tomas, Ricardo, and Petty Mariano, of California, MaryAnn and Chris Korte, of Arizona, and from Lawton: Irmi Alfar, Dr. Jaime and Maria Pilar, Dr. Tony Dela Paz, the Campos Family, and the Saliba family.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her aunt, Salvadora Dolar; her brothers: Manuel, Joseph, and Ignacio Jr.; her husband, 1st Sgt. Peter I. Tejada Jr.; her daughter, Mary Audrey Tejada/Yu; and her adopted son, Lito Tubola.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, PO Box 2546, Lawton, Oklahoma 73502.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.

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