Doris Davis DeLong was born November 22, 1920, in Edmonton, Canada, the third child of Harry M. and Fleda B. Davis.
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After graduating from Inglewood High School, Doris was employed as secretary to the purchasing agent for Northrop Aircraft, the Los Angeles School District, co-owner of the DeLong's Motel in Willits, co-owner of Maize Hardware in Willits, secretary to the sales manager of Willits Redwood Products, administrative secretary to the superintendent of Willits Unified School District for 13 years, and business manager of the Willits Unified School District for six years.
In 1972, Doris was the first woman president of the Willits Chamber of Commerce and subsequently served on the board of directors; in 1981 as a past-president and member since 1946, Doris was honored as Woman of the Year by the Willits Business and Professional Women's Club; in 1986 she became president of the Little Lake Development Corporation.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth (Al); three daughters, Susan Frey, Claudia Quinn (Wallace), and Pamela Rutledge (Dean); seven grandchildren: Melanie Cain (Brian), Carrie Spencer (Stuart), Deana Rutledge, David Garcia (Lori), Robin Clark (David), Meghan Quinn (Wesley) and Timothy Quinn (Amanda); and by seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Stanley DeLong; her two brothers, Joseph and Albert; and by a granddaughter, Michelle.
Doris led a life of relationships and service as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and loyal friend. She exhibited a loving heart to all who knew her, and provided a safe haven of unconditional love for family members.
Doris used an artist's creative approach to any task or special project, whether talented seamstress, cake decorator, leather designer, efficient organizer, active community volunteer, or party planner. Her tenacious, optimistic spirit and sense of fun created a full and joyous life. She was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Graveside services will be held at Willits Cemetery today, November 2, at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Anker-Lucier Mortuary.
Published in Willits News from November 2 to December 1, 2012