Doris Lucile Stewart (1920 - 2018)

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December 16, 2018 Doris Stewart of Roseville, CA passed away peacefully on December 16, 2018, in her home in Sun City. She was 98 years old. Doris was born in San Francisco on December 6, 1920, to John C. and Lucie D. Rohlfs. She attended Lowell High School. She was a talented harpist, and following graduation, she played with a San Francisco Symphony orchestra and studied piano. During World War II she joined the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps and advanced quickly to be secretary for the joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC. She spent a year in New York and studied concert harp. There she was secretary at the Associated Press headquarters and for the U.S. Golf Association. Doris studied for a year at the Sorbonne in France and was a U.S. Naval attach‚ in Paris. It was during this time that she met Roy Stewart, a civil engineer, who had also served in the Marine Corps. Roy and Doris were married in Paris in 1958, and subsequently moved to Sacramento. She attended UC Davis, and graduated with honors in 1961, with a BA in French. She then began a long career of teaching French, mostly at Luther Burbank High School and Mc Clatchy High. During this time, she traveled extensively during the summers, and managed to see nearly every corner of the world. Postcards would arrive during the summer from places such as Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, and Antarctica. After retiring, Doris and Roy moved to Sun City in Roseville in 1998, and after Roy's passing in 1999, Doris continue to travel. She loved learning about other cultures and visiting historical places. She was adventurous and athletic, and swam every day, weather permitting. She was generous with her friends and family, and very creative, always finding some clever way to make simple tasks easier. She also enjoyed going to concerts and loved classical music. She inherited much of her musical talent from her mother, who was an acclaimed opera singer from France. While living in Sun City, Doris often played her beloved harp, as well as her beautiful piano that had belonged to her parents. Neighbors said that during the summer evenings when the windows were open, they could enjoy the wonderful music coming out of her house. Even when it became more difficult, she would try to play a little every day. She also learned to play the ukulele and joined the group in Sun City. During the last 5 years of her life, Doris had wonderful caregivers who treated her like family and made it possible for her to live out her last days in her home. She became our energizer bunny after bouncing back from injuries and illnesses. The family is very grateful for their kindness, patience, and compassion. We also appreciated Green Valley Hospice for the wonderful services they provided for many months. Doris was preceded in death by her mother, Lucie D. Rohlfs; father, John C. Rohlfs; husband, Roy Stewart; sister, Bea Rodgers; and brother, Robert Rolfe. She is survived by her nieces, Nancy Scheer of Modesto and Signe Mitchell of Santa Barbara; and nephew, Ron Salvati of Liberty Township, Ohio. She is also survived by 3 great-nieces and 3 great-nephews. Interment at East Lawn Cemetery will be private, as per Doris's request. Donations may be made in her name to Green Valley Hospice, 3009 Douglas Blvd. Suite 180 Roseville, CA. 95661.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 11, 2019
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