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Doris V. Davis, 102, Fort Wayne, formerly of Shipshewana, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, at The Heritage of Fort Wayne.
She was born July 14, 1915 in Shipshewana. Her parents were Niles H. and Ida (Foss) Davis.
She graduated from Shipshewana High School in 1931 as salutatorian at the age of 15. She graduated from Indiana University in three years and later earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She did additional graduate study at New York University, Iowa State, Michigan State and Purdue.
She was an Army dietician from 1945-1947 at Madigan General Hospital at Fort Lewis, Washington. Doris was the outstanding dietician in her basic training group and achieved the rank of 2nd Lt. Medical Specialist Corps.
She taught home economics and physical education in Indiana high schools for 13 years. She was an associate professor of foods and nutrition at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, for 25 years. Upon retirement in 1977, she was given the designation of professor emeritus.
When Doris retired, she moved back to the family home in Shipshewana and lived there until 2015. Doris was a member of the Shipshewana United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Extension Homemakers Club, Book Club and was a founding member of the Shipshewana Area Historical Society.
She was very proud of her family heritage. She was the great-granddaughter of the founders of Shipshewana. Doris enjoyed playing bridge, doing crossword puzzles (in ink!), sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, playing scrabble, traveling, letter writing, reading and especially spending time with family and friends.
Doris was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She attended her first game when she was 11. She loved "her boys" and drove by herself to Arizona for spring training for more than 30 years until she was 90. She went to games in Chicago on the South Shore as many as 30 times a summer, often taking family members and friends with her. Doris had the highest honor bestowed upon her by the Hohokam Ballpark Service Club in Mesa, Arizona, for her unwavering devotion and dedication and loyalty as a Cubs fan.
Doris is survived by her sister-in-law, Becky Davis Ressler of Shipshewana, and more than 100 nieces and nephews who loved her deeply and celebrate the life of their amazing aunt, and will always cherish her memory. Her love for and pride in her family were constant and unconditional.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Esther English; and three brothers, Maurice, Keith and Steward Davis.
Doris's family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of The Heritage of Fort Wayne and Visiting Nurse Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral service, all at Shipshewana United Methodist Church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Eric Smith.
Burial will be at Keightley Cemetery, Shipshewana.
Memorials may be given to Shipshewana United Methodist Church or Visiting Nurse Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.
Online condolences may be made at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 4, 2018
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