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Doris Kathryn Stauff


1924 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Doris Kathryn Stauff Obituary
August 25, 1924 - July 20, 2015 Doris Kathryn Stauff (Johnson) passed peacefully into eternal life on July 20, 2015. Doris (Mom) was born on August 25, 1924 in Washington County, Georgia. Her parents, Ethel and Harper Johnson, raised five children on a small rural farm. Mom's strong devotion to family, love of nature, faith in God, and work ethic were instilled in her childhood. After graduating from high school, Mom went to Washington, D.C. to support the war effort. While working with classified documents at the Pentagon, she met her future husband, Carl J. Stauff, a Warrant Officer in the Army Signal Corps. They were married in 1944 after a two year courtship. After the war, the young bride and groom settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and started their family with sons Carl, Chris and Clyde. In 1950, the family moved to Park Ridge, Illinois, where daughter Susan was born. They enjoyed 11 happy years raising their children in Park Ridge. Mom was our favorite tour guide for trips to the Chicago Zoo, Museums of Natural History and Science, and vacations in Northern Wisconsin. A move in 1961 brought the family to Arcadia, California. Mom and Dad loved their new home, friends, garden, pool, and the Southern California climate. Mom was a very active wife and mother, shuttling her children to all of their various activities, refereeing her 3 boys, and spending time with her "baby girl," Susan. Mom was most proud of her Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arcadia PTA for her support of the local schools and library. When she unexpectedly lost her husband Carl in 1969, Mom was faced with the challenge of supporting herself and her family. This transition included a move to Sierra Madre, where she lived for 35 years. While she was a gracious Southern Lady, she was also a Steel Magnolia, and embarked on an ambitious career that included administrative positions at Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, and Bowman Heating and Air Conditioning. She worked at Bowman as the office manager until her 85th birthday. Mom enjoyed vacations with her children in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, Aspen, Alaska, and Solvang, and a memorable trip to the Holy Land with her church members when she was 85. Our remarkable mother possessed radiant physical beauty, courage, and the ability to make everyone around her feel better. She loved antiques, poetry, cooking, flowers, pets, shopping with daughter Susan, history, Broadway musicals, and putting just the right touches on her wardrobe and her home. Her greatest joy was her family, all of whom adored her for her genuine interest in every aspect of their lives. At her 90th birthday party, she was surrounded by all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. In her words, "It was the best day of my life." Doris was predeceased by her husband Carl and her oldest son Carl. She is survived by her children Chris Stauff (Deidra), Clyde Stauff (Susie), and Susan Fleming (Tom); her grandchildren Jennifer Stauff, Tamara Stauff, Kathryn Mauser, Dr. Corrine Yarbrough, Dr. Amy Steinhoff, Steven Stauff, Kirk Stauff, William Stauff, Ty Fleming, 18 great grandchildren, her brother, Jack, 3 nieces and 4 nephews. A memorial service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 512 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, on Sunday, August 30, at 2:30 p.m. with a reception following the service. She was a faithful member of the congregation for many years and loved her church family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the church for the replacement of the stained glass window. Mom, thank you for the loving care and encouragement you gave us all of your life. We miss you terribly, but know your wish would be for us to remember the happy times and be thankful for all of our blessings. We love you, and we will celebrate together again.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 4 to Aug. 9, 2015
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