Doris Mae Morby
Doris Mae (King) Morby, born July 5, 1929, died peacefully in her Tyler home on December 24, 2021 at age 92. Born in Clarksdale, MS to the late Leon T. and Evelyn Mabel (Watts) King, she was the oldest of six children. Her family moved to Pasadena during the war, and she graduated from Pasadena HS in 1947. Doris met and married Glenn Herbert Morby in 1949, and they made Houston their home (and Trinity Lutheran their home church) until moving to Tyler in 1967. This December, Glenn and Doris celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.
After raising four children, Doris took up tennis. In her seventies she competed nationally in doubles with her tennis friends. She played board games tirelessly with her 11 grandchildren, but as much as she loved them all, she did not let them win.
With soon-to-be 18 great-grandchildren, this matriarch was treasured and beloved. Her faith was central to her life, and she stayed highly involved in her church, Trinity Lutheran in Tyler, into her nineties. Neighbors, friends, strangers, and tradesmen were all considered family. Ready to move from this life, Doris and Jesus chose the Christmas season. It's been a wonderful life!
Doris is preceded in death by her parents, brother William King, and granddaughter, Chelsea Elizabeth Morby. She is survived by her husband Glenn, daughter, Kathy Smith (Steve [Snuf]), and sons, Steve (Kerry), Tim (Joannie), and Greg (Pam). In addition, grandchildren Shannon Michaelis (Derek), Aaron Smith (Elise), Shane Smith (Lindsay), Ginger Ciminello (David), Valerie Morby, Clay Morby, Hilary Cook (Jeffery), Grant Morby (Courtney), Amy Morby, Carter Morby (Emily), and Dawson Morby (Hannah); sisters, Kathryn Fischer, Anne Landry, Sue Fontenot, and brother, Paul King; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Doris will be held on January 22, 1:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tyler, TX. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice
Published by Houston Chronicle on Dec. 30, 2021.