Doris E. (Williams) Graham, 88 of Shawnee, Kan., slipped peacefully and quietly into eternity at home on Jan. 3, 2013, after a courageous and spirited battle with COPD.
Doris was the daughter of Thomas and Marena (Dawe) Williams and was born on Jan. 7, 1924, in Avoca, Pa. 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 a 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 the St. John's Primitive Methodist Church in Avoca and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1935. Having moved to Shawnee, Kan., in 2009, Doris has 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 her husband 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, Pa., where Doris became a buyer of better women's fashions for Strawbridge and Clothier of Philadelphia. Afterwards, she worked for Wal-Mart Catalog Co. in Aston.
Weekends found them in their camper in the Pocono Mountains, making macramé 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 greenhouse 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, grandchildren (5), and great-grandchildren (8). 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 of New York; Joshua G. Sands, wife, Jennifer C. and daughter, Nadia JA, and son, Nathan L. of Maryland; John Wood, wife, Sonoko and daughter, Mei Doris, and son, Kazuya John, of Miyazaki, Japan; and Susan Wood of Missouri; Rob Graham, wife, Sue, and children, Rob, Lorrie, Brandon and stepdaughter Chelsi of Maryland.
Doris had an infectious laugh, a wonderful smile and was loved by all and will be missed by many.
Services with be at Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home Inc., 728 Main St., Avoca. The viewing will be Thursday, Jan. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be Friday, Jan. 11, at 10:30 a.m., fol- lowed by burial in Langcliffe Cemetery in Avoca.
Afterwards, those who are able will gather at Thomas' Restaurant in Moosic.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to D.A.V. (Disabled American Veterans) or Kansas City Hospice, 9221 Ward Parkway 100, Kansas City, MO 64114.
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