Doris A. Gourley, 76, of 2 South Ave., Apt. 605, Bradford, passed away on Friday (Oct. 5, 2012) at UPMC Hamot in Erie.
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She was born on Dec. 7, 1935, in Barboursville, W.Va., a daughter of the late William and Bertha Weekley Rayburn.
Mrs. Gourley was a graduate of Point Pleasant High School, Point Pleasant, W.Va.
She was raised in Delaware, Ohio, where while she was working as a waitress, she met the love of her life, David L. Gourley. On July 27, 1959, she married David in Indianapolis, Ind. He preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 2009 after 50 years of marriage.
Besides being a homemaker, Mrs. Gourley was also the bookkeeper for the family business Gourley Electric & Heating and she ran a child care service in her home for many local children.
Mrs. Gourley was a loving and devoted wife and mother who enjoyed raising her children, being a homemaker and an excellent cook. In her free time she enjoyed taking care of her flower garden. When she was younger she was a proud den mother for the local Cub Scouts.
She is survived by three sons, Warren Gourley, James (Cheri) Gourley and Randy (Tina) Gourley, all of Bradford; two stepsons, Wayne (Stephanie) Gourley of Wachula, Fla., and David Gourley of Avon Park, Fla.; one brother, Jack Rayburn of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Helen Rider of Delaware, Ohio, Phyllis Wine of York, S.C., and Sarah (Kenny) Bensley of Radnor, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one son, Michael J. Gourley, who passed away on Aug. 27, 2006; three brothers, Henry Rayburn, Bill Rayburn and Bobby Rayburn; and one stepdaughter-in-law, Pam Gourley.
Visitation will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Mascho Funeral Home Inc., at which time a funeral service will be held with the Rev. Max Miller, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish, officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the
, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home Inc.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com
Mascho Funeral Home Inc.
75 Kennedy Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Oct. 6 to Oct. 12, 2012