Doris Mary (Bender) Atterholt Oyster
September 20, 1920 ‒ October 07, 2021
“Aging is a privilege and a blessing not granted to all.” Doris Mary Bender Atterholt Oyster, age 101, passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Primrose Retirement Community of Mansfield.
She was born on September 20, 1920, in Mayetta, Kansas, the daughter of John & Mae (Lewis) Bender and grew up on the family farm, located within the Potawatomi Indian Reservation. As a young girl, the family moved to Loudonville, Ohio and continued to farm the original Bender Homestead which remains in the family’s name to this day. Doris was a 1938 graduate of Loudonville High School where she played on the basketball team.
Doris didn’t shy away from hard work. As a young adult, she had a restaurant, ran a milk delivery route, and catered meal deliveries to the Flexible Company in Loudonville, later worked briefly for District 3 for the State of Ohio and General Industries in Bellville.
Spring of 1950, Doris’ niece introduced her to a handsome young man at a community event. Later that year, she married her beloved husband Rodney K Oyster on December 29, 1950 in the First Baptist Church in Loudonville by the Rev. A.D. Laman. They began their home together in Bellville where they lived for 58 years before his passing in 2009. Doris was a homemaker, devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren. Many people will remember the beautiful red Canna Lilies that lined the front of their home.
Doris had been an active member of the Bellville United Methodist Church and enjoyed attending Berean Baptist Church in Mansfield in her later years. She was an avid gardener and member of a garden club along with numerous other community and volunteer groups. She most enjoyed family time, from hosting family holidays to watching sports and school activities or just a simple visit. Always loyal and supportive of her family, Doris will be remembered for her hugs and smile that could light up a room.
She is survived by her daughter Connie (Atterholt) Hollon of Mansfield; son and daughter-in-law Mike & Angie Oyster of Bellville; grandchildren Rick Hollon of Columbus, Mary Beth Irwin of Inlet Beach, FL, Michelle Graser of Highlands Ranch, CO, Andrea (Adam) Smith of Bellville, and Aaron Oyster of Bellville; great grandchildren Elle (Adam) Young, Eliza Irwin, Madelyn Graser, Blayze Oyster, Addison, Allita, and Asa Smith; great great granddaughter Birdie Young; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Doris was preceded in death by her devoted husband Rodney Oyster; her son Larry Atterholt; son-in-law Dick Hollon; and siblings George Bender, Tom Bender, Harold “Bill” Bender, John Bender, Margaret Lentz, Dave Bender, and Charles “Chuck” Bender.
The Oyster family will receive friends 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in the Snyder Funeral Homes, Bellville Chapel (81 Mill Road in Bellville) where her funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday led by her relative, Rev. Jenny Whitmore. Burial will follow in Loudonville Cemetery.
The Oyster Family would like to express a special thanks to the nurses, aides, staff and residents at Primrose Retirement Community for their compassionate care and friendship to Doris over the past four years.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association, 5455 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214, or brought to her services.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to care for Doris’ family. Post a memory of her online at SnyderFuneralHomes.com