Doris Jane Alley

Doris Jane Alley

March 1, 1935 - May 30, 2017

Doris went to join her savior after a long and happy life. She died at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Ore. Doris was born in Mitchell (Scottsbluff, County) Neb. She was the fifth of 6six children born to Purl and Mary Campbell. Doris and her family moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls Ore. Doris went to grade school in Klamath and graduated from Klamath Falls High School in 1953. She continued her education at Oregon Technical Institute where she majored in nursing. During her college experience, she met her future husband and mate for life Douglas Alley.

Doris and Doug were married on June 18, 1955, in Klamath Falls. They moved to the family farm outside of Moro, Ore., joining Doug’s parents Paul and Pauline Alley. Doug and Doris immediately began building their “new” home, “the old schoolhouse,” to start their family. One year later they had moved into their new Alley Ranch home where they remained the rest of their lives. That home raised and harbored their four children: Deb, Ardena, Diane and Dwight. Doris took an active role as partner in the farm and as a wife, loving mother, and dear friend to the community of Sherman County. As the kids grew up Doris was one of the first moms who would organize a class party, chaperone a field trip and drive the car pools. Since the Alley kids were farm kids, their mom became their 4-H leader and their biggest fan. Doris was a huge athletic supporter and enjoyed being a gymnastic judge, working track meets and keeping the scorebooks at baseball games.

In addition, she worked as the Sherman County Fair secretary for many years. She took pride in her responsibilities, which everyone appreciated. Doris also volunteered in the Red Cross Swim Program as a swimming instructor. She was a member of the Sherman County EMT program that included the county ambulance. She also painted murals at the Sherman County Historical Museum. She donated many hours cataloging at the Planetree Library and was a board member for the MCMC Health Foundation.

When Doug and Doris retired from farming they began RVing and exploring. They visited most of the United States. Doris mostly loved the trips to Alaska. They spent their winters in Arizona and Mexico with close friends. In her later years, she loved spending time in the yard and garden surrounded by her dogs and cats. Maybe her biggest enjoyment was watching her favorite sports teams, the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Alley her father Purl Campbell; her mother Mary Campbell; brothers Bill Campbell and Dean Campbell; and her sister Shirley Mitchell.

Doris is survived by her brother Donald Campbell sister Sandi Bresee; her children, Deb and Neil Watterson, Ardena and Daryl Lonien, Diane and Mark Robertson, Dwight and Charmayn Alley; grandchildren, Matthew and Virginia Watterson, Josh and Shinae Watterson, Brett and Erin Watterson, Katika Lonien, Krystal Lonien, Derek Clark, Dylan Clark, Christine and Andrew Davis, and James and Anna Alley; great grandchildren; Kate and Wes Watterson, Theo and Will Watterson, Rikaiya Griffn, Lydia, Abigail and Naomi Davis, Amelia and Charlotte Alley.

As one of her best friends stated, “Those angels are never going to be hungry and she will soon have everyone swimming in the clouds.”


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