Doris Triplett, 89, passed peacefully of natural causes in Marysville, Washington, July 21, 2014. She was the firstborn of Clara Ard and Edward Pavlicek in Elsmore, Kansas, on February 28, 1925. |
She is survived by her brother, Edward D. Pavlicek; children, Norman Charles, Susan Jean Wilhite, and Cynthia Jane; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In 1946 she met John Roger Triplett at Kansas University and they married July 3, 1947. In 1948, motherhood began with the birth of their son in Lawrence, Kansas.
In 1951, the family of three moved to Richland, Washington, where both daughters were born. Ten years later, the family of five moved to San Diego's North County to settle in Rancho Santa Fe from 1963 to 1994. Besides child raising, the couple continued interests in camping, skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, and cats. As Sierra Club members, they took part in trail building the West Fork of Oak Creek near Sedona, Arizona. Their interest in gardening culminated with membership in the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club.
Doris resumed studies at San Diego State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1974. With their last child off to college, Registered Nurse Doris worked in hospitals and in in-home care well into the 1980s.
As retirement neared, Doris and John travelled. High points included Stonehenge on a trip to Bath, England, and meeting composer Leopold Stokowski, famed particularly for the Disney film Fantasia.
Doris and John moved to Medford, Oregon, in 1994 and joined the Jacksonville Garden Club. Two years later, John succumbed to cancer. Doris became a Marysville, WA, resident in 2006. She reached her final home in Young At Heart in 2011, where she often smiled and enjoyed life through her final days.
A private memorial service was held for her in Marysville on August 6, 2014.
Published in the Rancho Santa Fe Review on Aug. 28, 2014