Doris June Williamson
June 14, 1922 ‒ February 11, 2010
Doris June Williamson, age 87, of Marion, went to be reunited with her husband in the presence of the Lord on Thursday morning, February 11, 2010, at Heartland of Marion, following a six year illness.
On June 14, 1922, Doris was born in Westfield Township, Morrow County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Edith (Claypool) Fillinger Cline, who was best known as “Grandma Edie.” During her time in Westfield Township, she attended school in a one room school house, where she was able to advance several grades by learning the lessons of the older students in the room. She later moved to Delaware, Ohio, where she worked for Kroger’s and graduated from Willis High School.
During World War II, Doris tried to help in the war effort by serving as a clerk at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
With her good friend, Lela, Doris went on a double date, where she met a handsome young gentleman, Robert B. Williamson who had a distinguished full head of black hair, whom she instantly fell in love with. Bob would get on his knees soon thereafter at the O’shaughnessy Dam in Columbus, Ohio, and proposed for her hand in marriage. The two were then married in Marion, on July 5, 1947. Together they lovingly raised four children, shared a loving church family, and delivered mobile meals together. After forty five wonderful years of marriage, Bob preceded her in death on November 19, 1992.
After being a dedicated homemaker and raising her children, Doris returned to work as a cashier for Alber’s Supermarket, Woolworths, and lastly Big Bear, all in Marion, from where she would retire after several years. She had a following of customers, whom she dearly loved and looked forward to seeing each week.
A woman of deep faith, Doris was an active member of the Mt. Vernon Ave. Church of Christ, where she served as their matronly “Chief Hugger” as she would greet everyone with a hug. The people of the church became like family to Doris, and she dearly loved each and every one of them. She also served as a member of the Healing Hearts, to give care and assistance to those widowed within the church, and was a Prayer Chain caller.
For nearly twenty years, Doris delivered mobile meals to those in need throughout Marion County. Passionate about delivering meals, she made it a family affair doing it for years with her husband and often traveling with her grandchildren to show them the importance of the act of giving.
Affectionately known as “the card lady,” Doris sent greeting cards to all of her friends for any occasion!
An avid reader, Doris enjoyed reading her Guideposts and kept up on current events through her Newsweek Magazines. She also dabbled as an “amateur physician” by checking thoroughly her friends symptoms, and reading her physician’s book to find the correct diagnosis for them.
Spending countless hours on the telephone, Doris kept tabs on everyone making sure her friends and loved ones told her all things of significance in their lives. She even had her nightly phone conversations with her dearest friends, Ruth Kersey whom she called every evening at 7:00 p.m., and Rozella Richardson whom she would call next at exactly 7:30 p.m. Having a way with making friends, she also made two dear friends after she entered the Heartland Nursing Home, Evelyn Thomas and Flavilla Craft.
Having a heart of gold, Doris was a “hug collector”, greeting everyone with an endearing hug. She also had her own special way of loving and caring for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. In her own genuine and loving way, she also was not afraid to tell you exactly how she felt.
Doris will be missed by her four children: William “Bill” (Becky) Williamson of Marion, and their children: Maranda (Jon) Miller of Blacklick, and Shanda (Zack) Bush of Mogadore, Ohio; Robert B. Williamson Jr. of Martel, and his children: Kasey and Robert B. Williamson III, both of Marion; Cheryl ( “Lefty”) Sanders of Pataskala, and her son, Staff SGT. Matthew Kegley of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; and Ellen Jeaneen Johnston of Marion, and her children: Angela Blevins and Cynthia Imbody, both of Marion, and James (Chrissy) Imbody of Bucyrus; fifteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; two brothers: Carl and Robert Cline, both of Marion; a half brother, Red (Jenny) Fillinger of Kenton; two half sisters: Pat Plott of Kenton, and Barbara Adamo of Seattle, Washington; and numerous nieces, nephews and countless dear friends.
Including her husband and parents, Doris was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Lisa Kegley.
The Williamson family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2010, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services celebrating her entrance into heaven will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. Vernon Ave. Church of Christ, 947 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, with Pastor Phil Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Grand Prairie Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Vernon Ave. Church of Christ, 947 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, Ohio 43302, American Cancer Society, 870 Michigan Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43215, or to Mobile Meals, 326 S. Prospect St., Marion, Ohio 43302.
For those wishing to express their condolences to Doris’ family, you may do so by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.