She was 90 years old.
Doris, her husband Del, and their (at that time) four children moved to Spokane in 1950 so that they could be closer to special resources for their youngest child, Nelle.
That need, and the difficulties it involved, led Doris to a life of civic activism.
Over the next five decades, she was a mainstay volunteer in organizations such as the Adams, Ferris, and Lewis & Clark PTA’s, the Spokane chapter of the League of Women’s Voters, and the Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) of Spokane.
She stuffed envelopes, rang doorbells, testified at local and state hearings, and - often to her husband and children’s dismay - attended endless meetings.
Doris thrived on this involvement, however, and she was deservedly proud of the many awards and recognitions she received for her service.
When Doris suffered a stroke five years ago, she went to live with her son, Roy, and daughter-in-law, Peggy, in Utah.
But she never quite gave up her allegiance to Spokane.
For the first couple of years after moving to Utah, she not only continued her subscription to the Spokesman Review, she regularly voted an absentee ballot in Spokane and Washington elections.
In recent years, she became more accepting of her new home, and lived comfortably and contentedly right up to the morning that she died.
Having said that - people who remember Doris will be amused and we hope relieved to know that she retained her independent spirit, her strong opinions and her belief that the “stock” she came from and that she passed on to her children was the very best that America had to offer.
Her daughter Marylou offers this final eulogy: “Mom was one of those people that engender respect more than love.
But she gentled in her later years, as did I. I loved her and will miss her.”
Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Delbert, and her very special child, Nelle, who lived at home until she was in her 50’s.
She is survived by her other children, son Roy and his wife Peggy of Enoch, Utah; son Bill and his wife Jan of Pensicola, Florida; daughter Marylou and her husband Richard of Homer, Alaska; son David and his wife Laurence of Redmond, Washington; brother Dennis of Kennewick, Washington; and by 23 grandchildren, 33 great-grand children, and - born the week before her death - her first great-great- grandchild.
The family plans no public services.
Doris’s ashes will be mingled with those of her husband and daughter Nelle in what has become the “Family Memorial Garden” at her other daughter’s home in Homer, Alaska.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the ARC of Spokane.