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Friday September 13th, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Celebration of Life Service

Friday September 13th, 2019

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Doris Ellis

They were on a double date, just not with each other, when Doris realized that the handsome athlete harmonizing with her as they sang was the one she wanted forever. Ray gave her butterflies and made her laugh. For more than 50 years. Now, she and her beloved are together again. That one glad morning she sang about for so many decades came on September 10, when, at age 90, Doris gently and peacefully flew home.

Raised in Clay, West Virginia by Beulah and Emmitt Wilson, Doris believed in the power of meticulously styled hair, dazzling earrings and Jesus. She relished family, travel and winning at Bridge. She cooked well (usually with a touch of brown sugar), laughed easily (especially with Ray) and loved fiercely (her lipstick kisses are legendary). Her faith was strong, her smile was wide, and she may have been the sweetest soul ever to walk God's green Earth. Unless you tried outbidding her in Rook, of course.

Doris was a beautician by trade. She and Ray eventually opened and ran their own restaurant in West Virginia. And they finally settled in Manchester, where Doris became Ray's secretary at State Farm and spent years teaching Sunday School at the Akron Baptist Temple.

She delighted in riding the bus downtown to take her daughters to dance classes or department stores. She savored following her granddaughters around the state and beyond with Ray to cheer them in softball and basketball. And she cherished crawling on the floor with her greatgrandkids to build blocks.

Doris, best known as Mamaw for the past 40 years, kept a well-decorated and spotless home. She wrote cards with cursive so pretty they could be framed. She always stayed up late-night, even into her 80s, watching the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers. She shared a lifetime of travel adventures, secrets, giggles and harmonies with her forever friend and little sister, Emily. And if you never tried her chocolate pie, you never really lived.

We all are blessed to have been surrounded by her warm, genuine and unshakable love: Children, Kim and Bob Eckert and Karla and Mike Arnold; grandchildren, Kristy and Mike Wagner, Erika and Brian Ruch, Jamie and Kyle McClenathen, and Brandi and Ben Pollock; prized greatgrandchildren; and dozens of other family and friends.

On Friday, Sept. 13, her family will host calling hours from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a celebration of her life at 3 p.m. at Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Rd, Akron, OH, 44319. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to honor Mamaw by opening your Bible to Psalm 100, scheduling a weekend card game with friends, forgiving someone, hugging someone, putting on extra bright lipstick or just smiling. Because life is a blessing, and God is good.

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KIM ECKERT Sep 20 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Kim and family,
I just wanted to send you my deepest sympathies for your mom. The tribute was very special and I wish I could have known her. I'm so sad for you. I know you will miss her for the rest of your life. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I read Psalm 100, wonderful scripture.

Debbie Dickerhoof, classmate MHS class of 1974 Sep 14 2019 12:00 AM

Thanks Eric

Kim Eckert Sep 14 2019 12:00 AM

Thanks Linda. I know you just went thru this and its never easy.

Kim Eckert Sep 14 2019 12:00 AM

Lots of love flowing from golden friends. Thanks so much.

Kim Eckert Sep 14 2019 12:00 AM

Thanks Deb

Kim Eckert Sep 14 2019 12:00 AM

Thanks Patti

Kim Eckert Sep 14 2019 12:00 AM

Thanks so much Nancy. They loved you as a neighbor! I miss you. My daughter wrote both obits. Shes a journalist so shes put it to good use.

Kim Eckert Sep 14 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Kim and family- so deeply sorry for the loss of your Mama. What a beautiful memorial video you shared of her life.

Pat Phillips

Patty Berg Phillips Sep 13 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Kim, Karla and family: Was so sad to hear about Doris passing away, but wanted you to know that whoever wrote the obits for both her and Ray did an excellent job. Great writing and fun to begin with the double date reference--didn't know that. Am truly sorry I can't be with you today because I would have loved to see everyone again. I enjoyed living next to Doris & Ray for several years because they were both beloved and great neighbors. Always a laugh or two when we got together. They gave you a wonderful heritage and I know you know that, as well as the grandchildren. My sincere condolences to each of you and again, sorry I couldn't make it. I know it will be special, just like all of you are. Hugs to each, Nancy Jo Whittington

Nancy Jo Whittington Sep 13 2019 12:00 AM

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