Doris Anderson - beloved sister, aunt, and great aunt – passed away Tuesday April 19, 2016 due to complications of a stroke suffered the week before. She was 93. A long-time resident of Turlock, Doris spent the last two decades loving life in Desert Hot Springs. Her nieces and nephews rejoice that her eyesight has been restored, she is suffering no more, and she now sits with Jesus, directing Heaven’s choir, reunited with members of her family she so cherished and who have passed on before her – including Ruth Forstrom, brother Deloyd, sisters Darleene and Devahna, and nephew Barry.
Born March 20, 1923 to Oliver and Martha Anderson in Minneapolis, Doris was the eldest of five children. She grew up in Minneapolis and Rose City, Minnesota and graduated from Alexandria High School and the Minneapolis College of Music before moving to Turlock with her mother and sister in 1952. Her childhood was marked with music – playing violin, trumpet, and piano; church events; and social gatherings with friends and family. Once settled in Turlock, Doris taught elementary school for 35 years in Hughson and Modesto City Schools, retiring in the mid-1980s. She and her life-long friend Ruth took full advantage of retirement to travel throughout the United States, camping in their RV, and living in both Turlock and Desert Hot Springs until settling permanently in the desert in 1993.
She served as choir director at both Turlock Covenant (then Beulah Covenant) Church and Monte Vista Chapel; taught Sunday School; and provided a sanctuary of refuge, comfort, and togetherness for family and friends hosting three decades of holiday and birthday gatherings at her home on Canal Drive.
Her life on earth of music, loving Jesus, cherishing experiences of travel and keeping her garden, and dedication to family has come to an end; her everlasting life with her Savior and Lord continues. As was her request, her body will be cremated and her ashes spread near her home in Desert Hot Springs.