Doris Sourwine, a longtime Indian Hills resident, died April 23, 2014, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
She was born April 21, 1923, in Burlington, Iowa, to John and Anna Herzog Decker. She met and married her husband, Lyman, in their hometown of Burlington after his return from service in the Navy during World War II.
Doris and Lyman Sourwine moved from Burlington to Denver in 1954. They moved to Indian Hills in 1957, where together they built the home in which they would spend most of their lives.
Both were active in the close-knit Indian Hills community, volunteering with 4-H, the Indian Hills Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Indian Hills Community Association and Rocky Mountain Riders riding club. After their daughters were raised, Doris worked alongside Lyman in his Denver Sign Co. business.
Traveling in their RV was a favorite pastime. After Lyman's death, Doris remained active with bowling, reading, walking and family. She engaged in an ongoing, lively battle of wits with the native deer over her beloved flower garden, although the deer always won.
Her special delight was her grandchildren, who always made her face light up with joy. Lyman and all of her brothers and sisters preceded her in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann (Dan) Rhode and Pat (Dave) Thyfault; five grandchildren, Adam and Justin Thyfault, Matt (Heather) Rhode, Caroline (Tom) Byers, and Sharon (Chris) Tracy; six great-grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews.
Her sense of humor, energy and caring spirit will be missed.
A funeral Mass was held April 28 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Denver, and burial was at Fort Logan National Cemetery.