Doris Curless, 86, was ushered into heaven on July 14, 2019, greeted by the love of her life James (Jim) Curless; beloved son Malcolm Smith, sister Isabelle “Ding” Flanagan; brothers Charles Allen Roberts; Frank Dale Roberts and Don Roberts; as well as two grandsons Luke Holm-Hanson and Corey Holm-Hanson.
Doris is survived by son, Raymond (Denise) Smith; step son Tim (Janet) Curless; step daughter Cindy Curless, 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great, great-grandchildren, sisters CarolSue Carr and Mary “Moosie” Bowley both of Hendricks, WV; Aunt Betty Sue (Beck) Lake of Northeast, PA. and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews all of which are special to and loved by Doris. Doris will also be missed by her many “adopted granddaughters” at Classy Cuts.
Doris was born in Hendricks, West Virginia, graduating from Parsons High School in 1950. In 1957, Doris moved to Lowell, becoming a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church. Doris was faithful to her West Virginia heritage-always receiving her weekly hometown newspaper so that she could continue to keep in touch with the community, and her friends. Doris loved her trips back to the beautiful mountains of West Virginia for the annual July Lindsey/Roberts Family Reunion in which she planned for months in advance, by tracking family heritage, creating scrapbooks which chronicled the reunions and current family achievements, as well as planning games for young and old which included the always popular duck race.
Doris loved the Lord and dedicated her life to live like Jesus through volunteering in the church and in her community. Most notably Doris spent more than 31 years at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point, with more than 25,000 volunteer hours. She also spent many mornings at the Lowell Resale Shop, the Lowell Historical Society, Toys for Tots, and the Zeta Chi Chapter of the Tri Kappa Philanthropic Sorority, leading their Easter Basket program and Santa’s Breakfast. She was named 1st United Methodist Woman of the Year and the Lowell Labor Day Woman of the Year for serving her community in so many ways.
Doris also made a lasting impact on her community though chartering and serving on boards such as Hawthorne Arbor of Gleaners, TriCreek Education Foundation, Lowell Historical Society, Lake County Farm Bureau, Tri Kappa, and Friends of Lowell Public Library.
Doris was quoted saying, “I belong to many organizations, because I believe that when you belong, you have to serve. I feel that you need to give up your time and yourself.”
Doris’ passion was a personal card ministry in which she sent out at least 5 cards per day for Birthdays, Anniversaries, illness, marriages, births, as an outreach in others’ lives.
Visitation will be held at Sheets Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 17th from 4pm to 8pm. The funeral will be held at Lowell First United Methodist on Thursday, July 18th at 11am with internment to follow at West Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Doris requested that memorials be made to the 1st United Methodist Church Household Pantry.
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First United Methodist Church Household Pantry
520 E Commercial Ave, Lowell IN 46356