Born to Jake Elmer Doerksen and Kate Theissen Doerksen on March 23, 1920 in Meade, Kansas. She was the first of four children, who have preceded her in death.
The family moved to California when she was five years old - driving out in an open touring car and camping beside the road. Doris attended Gratton School in 1st grade.
The family then moved to Keyes where she went thru 8th grade at Keyes Grammar School. She rode the bus to Turlock High School and graduated there in 1936.
In 1937 she married Claude Hayes, a farmer, and they farmed in Westley, CA. In March of 1938 her only child, Janie, was born. After Janie went thru 1st grade in Westley, they moved to Turlock, purchasing the old Geer Ranch on the corner of Geer and Monte Vista.
In June of 1949 Doris started working for Thorsen’s Plumbing, retiring from there in 1987. However retirement didn’t suit her so she worked part time for Diet Center and Larson Farms for 2 1/2 years, then finally, she went to work at Nordic Saw and Tool in 1993 and worked there until October 22, 2013. She always really enjoyed office work.
She was a long-time member of New life Christian Center since 1984.
Doris is survived by her daughter Janie Darma and granddaughter Beth.
Funeral service will be held at Allen Mortuary on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM with entombment to follow at Turlock Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to: New Life Christian Center 2918 W. Tuolumne Rd, Turlock, CA 95380. Or to Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 3950 San Rafael, CA 94912-3950.
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