Doris E. Williams Graham, 88, of Shawnee, Kan., slipped peacefully and quietly into eternity at home Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, after a courageous and spirited battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Doris was the daughter of Thomas and Marena Dawe Williams and was born Jan. 7, 1924, in Avoca.
Brothers and sisters included Elizabeth Williams Hughes, May Williams Webb, Marina Williams Borthwick, Thomas Williams, Ruth Williams Jones and William J. Williams, who are all deceased.
She is survived by three children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews and one sister-in-law, Amelia Williams.
Doris married Robert Graham of Avoca on May 13, 1944, and was married 34 years before Robert passed away suddenly in December 1978. They had three children: Donna, who married John Wood of Kansas; Robert, married to Missy of Gouldsboro; and Traci L. Sands of Duryea.
Doris and Bob traveled the world as Bob joined the Army Air Corps in World War II and made a career of the U.S. Air Force. The Graham family spent time living in the Philippine Islands as part of husband Bob's military service. Whenever asked if she wanted to go on a road trip, her ready answer was, "My bags are packed." She was also quite fond of saying, "Well, that was an experience" whenever something unusual happened.
Doris grew up in St. John's Primitive Methodist Church, Avoca, and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1935. Having moved to Shawnee, Kan., in 2009, Doris had regularly attended First Baptist of Shawnee.
As a high-school graduate, she did office work at PPL. She met her husband, Bob, at a PPL picnic. Doris assisted Bob in publishing and distributing an advertising paper in Tennessee while Bob was stationed at Seward Air Force Base. After Bob retired from the Air Force the family moved to Aston, where Doris became a buyer of better women's fashions for Strawbridge and Clothier of Philadelphia. Afterwards she worked for Walmart Catalog Co. in Aston.
Weekends found them in their camper in the Pocono Mountains, making macrame hanging baskets and selling them to willing customers. After Bob retired a second time, from Boeing Vertol, he and Doris moved to the Poconos. When Bob died unexpectedly in 1978, Doris relocated to Avoca and worked in a local green house and nursery. She moved to Shawnee, Kan., in 2009, a few minutes from daughter Donna and husband John.
Doris played the piano, enjoyed classical music and passionately loved being with family; crafting, gardening, cooking and home making.
Doris was dearly loved by her children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was lovingly called Aunt Do by her many nieces and nephews; Chick by her late husband, Bob, and Nanny by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren include Jeremy D. Sands, wife, Kaitlyn J., and daughter, Maya, New York; Joshua G. Sands, wife, Jennifer C., and daughter, Nadia J.A., and son, Nathan L., Maryland; John Wood, wife, Sonoko, and daughter, Mei Doris, and son, Kazuya John, Miyazaki, Japan; Susan Wood, Missouri; Rob Graham, wife, Sue, and children, Rob, Lorrie, Brandon and stepdaughter, Chelsi, Maryland.
Doris had an infectious laugh, a wonderful smile and was loved by all and will be missed by many.
Services will be at Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home Inc., 728 Main St., Avoca. The viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, followed by burial in Langcliffe Cemetery, Avoca.
Afterwards, those who are able will gather at Thomas' Restaurant in Moosic.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) or Kansas City Hospice, 9221 Ward Parkway No. 100, Kansas City, MO 64114.
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Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral and Cremation Services, INC.
728 Main Street
Avoca, PA 18641
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, 2013