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Doris Mae Oakley

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Doris Mae Oakley Obituary
Doris Mae Oakley
1927 ~ 2014
Doris Mae Oakley went peacefully to God on July 7, 2014 surrounded by her husband and family in her own home.
Doris was born May 13, 1927 in a farm house in Wendell, Idaho to Foy Clarence (Doc) Osborne and Lena Osborne. She completed the family, joining her two brothers, George (Dude) Carrico and Donald Carrico. She spent a significant part of her first few years as the little red-haired attraction on a depression era sheep ranch in Shoshone, Idaho where her father worked and her mother was a cook. She attended the Gooding schools, graduating from Gooding High School in 1945. Following that she attended Colorado Women's College in Denver for one year.
Doris returned to Gooding and married William C. (Bill) Oakley, who had been her high school sweetheart, in August 1946. The two moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where they attended business school for over a year. Upon their return to Gooding, where they remained the entirety of their lives, she was deputy assessor for the county until their son, Chris, was born in 1951. From that time forward she was a wife, homemaker and mother, supporting the efforts of her husband, Bill, in growing his accounting practice and was an inspiration and partner in his pursuit and completion of the CPA exam. She was a loving resource and guiding light for her son, Chris, in sessions after school while she baked cookies. A second son, David, joined the family in 1961 from which time onward Doris was the hub of this family wheel. Her emotional and physical commitment to this family was Herculean. Her judgment tended to be impeccable as was her taste and sense of style. First and foremost, however, was her embrace of education, character, substance and the pursuit of a spiritual life.
Her family well remembers the pride she had in being invited to join P.E.O. When still a young women in her community. The fact that this was a "charitable organization" was very important to her. She was a driving force in the Episcopal Church and head of the Alter Guild for many years. She served a term on the Foundation Board of the College of Southern Idaho and was a many year member of the Gooding Country Club. She was an avid Bridge player, hostess and excellent cook.
Doris developed a reputation in the Magic Valley for her development of a ladies clothing business starting with a small store in Gooding which over a period of years became known as Doris O's. This became a very important part of her life during those years and she valued the respect and patronage of ladies from many parts. Related to this and other activities she was given a "lifetime achievement award for community service" from the Gooding Chamber of Commerce.
She is survived by: her husband of almost 68 years, William C. Oakley; her son, W. Christian Oakley, M.D. And her daughter-law, Judy, of Boise. She is also survived by her grandson, Nathan Christian (Shellie) Oakley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; granddaughters, Erin Phomia (Noah) Bryan of Boise and Gretchen Mae Oakley, M.D. Of Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the beloved "Grammy" to six great grandchildren. One of her favorite stories to tell on herself was the time one of her grandchildren yelled at the top of their lungs "Grandma!" while searching for her in a ski lift line! She was very proud that this "Grandma" still skied with them.
She was preceded in death by her son, David LaFoy Oakley, and her two brothers.
Doris had many friends because she gave so much of herself to them. She travelled extensively over the years but loved Gooding best of all. She was the anchor of a great and lasting marriage. Her heart and soul went out to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and they knew it. She will be missed.
The Rosary will be recited at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Gooding on Sunday evening, July 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be the following morning, Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Also at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church.
Burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery in Gooding.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service - Gooding Chapel.
People wishing to make donations, in lieu of flowers, may do so to the .
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Published in Idaho Statesman on July 10, 2014
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