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Doris "Murine" Havens
June 1922 May 2011
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Doris Murine Fillman Havens was born in St. Petersburg, Penn. on June 14, 1922. She was named Doris Murine but very few people used her given first name, even her parents. She attended the local schools, and after graduating from high school, she enrolled in nurses training at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburg, Penn.
After graduating as a registered nurse, Murine enrolled in the U.S. Navy where she cared for young men suffering from shell shock and other results of World War II. She also cared for the servicemen's families at Paris Island, S.C.
When World War II was over, Murine took her discharge and moved to Pomona with several of her friends who were also nurses. There she met and married Richard Havens in 1949. They moved to San Luis Obispo where Richard finished getting his teaching credential at Cal Poly.
They started their family and moved to Brentwood, where Richard taught agriculture. In 1964, they moved to Modesto where Richard taught at Modesto Junior College. Murine has been active in the community especially at her church, Cub Scouts, and her children’s schools. She was active in the choir and women's organizations at Centenary United Methodist Church in Modesto for many years. Murine and her husband resided at Samaritan Village in Hughson for the past three years.
Murine is survived by her husband, Richard; brother, Jack Fillman of Houston, Texas; sister, Hilda Needle of San Clemente; children, Nancy Biedenweg of Turlock, Richard Havens of Cupertino, Jack Havens of Brea and Peter Havens of San Jose; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Memorial services are pending. Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Modesto, Centenary Methodist Church of Modesto or a charity of choice.
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