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Doris Ryan Dates

June 16, 1923 - November 16, 2013


Doris Ryan Dates passed unexpectedly on Saturday, November 16, 2013, in Raleigh, North Carolina, after a brief illness. Born on June 16, 1923 in Cold Spring, New York, the second of four children, to Sarah and John Ryan. She was a Registered Nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Newark, New Jersey during World War II and, after the war, was an industrial nurse at Dupont Laboratories, the American television equipment manufacturer.

Mrs. Dates is survived by her five daughters: Pam Weinberger, La Grange, Illinois; Penny Betters, Raleigh, North Carolina; Joanne Olsen, Scottsdale, Arizona; Melissa Schmidt, Ashburn, Virginia; and Amy Carbone, Riverside, Connecticut; her sons-in-law, seven grandchildren , one great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Herbert W. Dates, as well as her parents and her three siblings.

She lived in many different areas of the United States, as her husband pursued his career, including northern New Jersey; Atlanta, Georgia; and Flossmoor, Illinois. She moved to Raleigh in 2006.

Throughout her daughters' school age years, which lasted from 1953 to 1985, she was a dedicated community and school volunteer, fundraiser and Girl Scout Troop leader. Mrs. Dates was an avid bridge player, bowler and golfer. Her proudest day on the golf course was winning the Grandmother Trophy at Flossmoor Country Club, shortly after her first grandchild, Jonathan Weinberger, was born in 1973. At age 90, she continued to be a role model to her family with her wide range of interests. She loved to garden and feed her birds. She enjoyed communicating with her grandchildren on Skype and emailed her daughters every day. Her grandchildren remember her word scrambles, scavenger hunts and participatory games with prizes. She was a gracious hostess and loved to entertain in her home.

Mrs. Dates was an active member at St. Francis of Assisi Church and continued to play bridge and bunco regularly with the Senior Club. She was thankful for the gift of friendship from her neighbors and her friends. She would like to be remembered for helping others. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 11858, Durham, NC 27703.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held in the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh at 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 23, 2013. The family invites friends to celebrate her life at a reception immediately after Mass in Founders Hall. Burial will be next to her husband at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, New Jersey.

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Published in The News & Observer from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2013
Doris Mae Dates
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Arrangements under the direction of:
Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park
7209 Glenwood Ave | Raleigh, NC 27612 | (919) 783-7128
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