Doris Elizabeth Anderson lived a long and fruitful life, young in heart and mind until she died on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the age of 96. She was remarkably sensible and remarkably sensitive, always true to her own values and always open to others’ view of the world.
Her passing is mourned, but her life is celebrated by her family, especially her three children, Richard, Kay, and Jon Anderson, her daughters and sons in-law, Gayle Feyrer, Bruce Kimmel, and Patrisha Anderson, and her beloved grandchildren, Anders Kimmel, Shawn, Ashley, and Bridget Anderson. Zeke Hindle, Ashley’s fiancé, admired her spirit greatly. Other close family includes her niece, Pat Engle and her children, Chuck and David Engle, and Beth Scrivan, her nieces Ann Schnitzer, Layne Green, and Susan Fox, Paula Leitz, Pam Meath, and Mindy Ferran, as well as her nephews Mark Harding, Lee Millar, and Richard Millar. She was pre-deceased by her niece Suzanne Sylling. She had many close friends, and was praised by all her friends and family to their own circles. The ripples of her life spread very wide, touching many people she never met.
Born Doris Holmes, the daughter of Bertha Egan and August Holmes, she grew up in Tacoma, Washington, the fifth of six children: Dorothy, Ruth, Fred, Louise, Doris and Betty Ann. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1936 and from the University of Washington in 1940, and was Valedictorian of her St. Joseph’s Nursing School Class. She was a practicing nurse many decades, working at The Dalles Clinic with Dr. Paul Vogt.
She married Anders Anderson on September 13th, 1940 in Tacoma. They later made their home in The Dalles and neighboring Goldendale for 56 years. She was close to her husband’s side of the family, his sisters Katherine Harding, Evelyn Grabs, and the twins, Hazel Greer and Helen Anderson.
Doris and Anders lived abroad in both Norway and Japan, visiting Europe, South America, and Indonesia as well. Always curious and adventurous, Doris continued to travel with her family and on tours into her nineties, lastly to celebrate her youngest granddaughter’s birthday in Las Vegas.
Doris stayed active throughout her life, swimming and playing Golf, as well as being an ardent Bridge player. She saved her nickels to splurge on the slots on her trips to Las Vegas. She was active in community service in The Dalles and attended the United Church of Christ, knowing both pastors, Karl Vercouteren and Deborah Allen.
If you wish, you can contribute to her memorial fund at the United Church of Christ, 111 East 5th Street, The Dalles, Or, 97058. She particularly cared about their Foster Child Program.
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