Doris Rosalind Spalding passed away peacefully in her sleep at her Mount Vernon home on October 10, 2012.
Doris was born to Daniel Thomas Noonan and his wife Lillian on April 8, 1926, in Roseburg, Oregon. At about age 2 Doris and her twin brother, Dan, were given to Edward & Lillian (Hatfield) White when her mother was killed in a hit and run car accident. She lived there with them and their son, William all through most of her childhood.
Doris graduated from high school in Centralia, WA and was in her first year of business school there, when she met her future husband, William West French, a WWII Veteran in the summer of 1945. William "Bill" and Doris were married on September 3rd, 1946 at Montesano, WA. They started a family and resided in Mayfield, WA and Mossyrock, WA until moving to Concrete, WA in the summer of 1956, where they bought a house in Grassmere and lived there until a short time after Bill's death in 1982.
Doris married Bob Spalding, of Concrete in 1988 and they lived there and later Mount Vernon until 1993 until his death.
She later married M.E. Rowland in Mount Vernon and they resided in her present home in Mount Vernon until his death in February 2006.
Doris was a superb salesperson and she enjoyed working at her Fuller Brush, Avon, Beeline and Tupperware sales over the years. She worked at Albert's Serv-U and at Lyman Market and at Pioneer North in Sedro-Woolley before her retirement.
She had many friends and all of her kids and grandkids thought of her as not only a relative, but a valued friend.
Doris was also the treasurer for one term for the VFW
Post 5056 at Concrete, WA in the Women's Auxilliary.
Doris and Bill raised 4 children. She's survived by her 2 daughters, Anne (Verlon) Leopard of Lyman-Hamilton area, Barbara (Robert) Longenecker of Bethany, PA; her two sons, William (Sue) French of Concrete, Walter (Becky) French of Birdsview; step-children Marty Rowland, Shawn Forsyth, and her sister, Dawn. Also surviving her are her special friends, Al and Aletha Stone of Mt. Vernon; Brian and Kathy MacIntosh of Mt Vernon; June Rodgers of Mt Vernon, and all her neighbors and tradespeople she dealt with who all were great with her.
To these people and the doctors and nurses who took care of Mom, we all give a big "Thank you". Doris was a people person and we will all miss her greatly.
Doris was preceded in death by husbands, William French, Robert Spalding and M.E. Rowland; adopted Mother Lillian White; stepbrother, William White; twin brother, Daniel White; birth brother, Herb Noonan; sisters, Fay (Noonan) Spady and Judy (Noonan) Greeley.
A Graveside Inurnment Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, October 19, 2012, at Forest Park Cemetery, Concrete, Washington. Share your memories of Doris and sign the on-line guest register at www.lemleychapel.com.