A smile lit up her face and Doris peacefully went home to be with her Savior October 7, 2012.
She was born to R.M.
and Gertrude Sparkman October 1, 1926 in Bristow, Oklahoma, the youngest of five children.
She moved with her family to Payette, ID in 1939.
She graduated from Payette High School in 1944 where she was editor of the school paper; a cheerleader; a member of the orchestra, acapella choir, and girls’ ensemble.
Following graduation she moved to Boise, ID to join the United States Cadet Nurse Corps and entered nurse’s training at St. Luke’s Hospital where she especially enjoyed pediatrics.
She won the Dr. Burton Award as a junior for her outstanding essay about pediatric care.
She graduated in 1948.
Doris married Ted Emery in 1946 and was the loving mother of two daughters.
She was an active member of First Baptist Church where she served as deaconess, Sunday School teacher, and regional director of Children’s Work.
During these years she worked as an office nurse.
She and her husband later joined Trinity Presbyterian Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, member of the bell choir and Steven’s Minister.
During her retirement years she enjoyed, camping, fishing, traveling, gardening, spending time at the family cabin at Idaho City and making new friends.
Following her husband’s death, she moved to the Spokane area to be near family.
She was a member of the Green Bluff Home Ec.
Club where she enjoyed many friendships.
She was a member of Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church, joining the bell choir and senior’s activities.
She lived her last few months at Rockwood at Hawthorne where she received excellent care.
Two daughters, Christine Clark and Melinda Sharpe, many nieces and nephews, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren survive her.
She will be remembered for reaching out to others and making dear friends all her life, for her hard work and her wonderful sense of humor.
Her faith in Jesus was contagious.
A memorial celebration of her life will held on Friday, October 19, 3:30 PM at Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church, 312 W. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane, WA 99218 with reception following.
The family requests that memorials be made in the form of flowers and living plants that will be distributed to the elderly and ill following the celebration.
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