BANTISTA, Dolores (Baker)
Dolores ôDeeö Bantista Dolores ôDeeö Bantista, 68, of Lake Charles, died at 8:20 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, in a local hospital following a battle with Mrs. Bantista was a native of Chase, Kan., and had lived in Lake Charles since 2003. She was a graduate of Pauls Valley High School in Oklahoma and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha, Okla. She was a flight attendant for Braniff Airlines before beginning her career at Western Farmers Electric Cooperative in Anadarko, Okla. She became the first female supervisor before becoming the gas contracts administrator in the gas supply department. Mrs. Bantista retired in 2001. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and also attended Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Mrs. Bantista enjoyed many things in life, including gardening, antiquing and restoring antiques, Internet shopping and browsing, and cooking, and she was an avid traveler. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of more than 30 years, Rudy Bantista of Lake Charles; daughter, Hermana Smith of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; a sister and brotherin-law, Carol and Jim Selfridge of Lake Charles; sisterin-law, Judith Baker of Tulsa, Okla.; stepchildren, Rudy Michael, Raymond and Ronald Bantista, Ramona Quoetone, Renee Frakes, and Ruth Ann Bantista; her mother-in-law, Estelle Sahquodlequoie of Anadarko, Okla.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, greatnephews, aunts and uncles; and a host of other relatives and friends in Anadarko, Okla., and Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Mertice Baker; a brother, Bill Baker; a stepdaughter, Rebecca Bantista; and a stepson, Robert Bantista. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in Johnson Funeral Home. The Rev. Steve James and the Rev. Jack Myers will officiate. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko, Okla., on Monday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m., officiated by Jim Selfridge.