HAMILTON - Doris Willis, 87, passed away April 29, in Clifton. Funeral services were held Friday May 1, at 2 p.m. in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Matt Hall officiating. Burial followed in the Oak Grove cemetery under the direction of riley Funeral Home of Hamilton.
Willis was born June 8, 1921 in Gainesville to the late Mr. and Mrs. George Marion and Vera Dee Mackin Dawson. She married Porter Willis on Sept. 29, 1943 in Abilene. She stood by his side for 59 loving years. Doris was a retired schoolteacher and throughout her 31 years of teaching, she succeeded in giving her students the great joy of learning and the promise of a bright future. She made a lasting impression in people’s lives through her generosity, compassion and never ending smile. She and her husband taught in the Glen Rose ISD from 1955-58, where Willis taught fifth grade and Porter was high school principal and math teacher. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was proud of her family and of her education. Willis received her degree from McMurry University on May 22, 1943. She was a member of the Kapphi Sorority, the Drum and Bugle Corp, and was senior class favorite. As fate would have it, her daughter, Donna also graduated from McMurry 25 years later on the very same date. She so enjoyed telling the people she would meet about that fact. Willis was a longtime member of the Hamilton First United Methodist Church and her strong faith in God guided her for her entire life. Her smile and compassion made her one of a kind and her family, friends, and all who knew her will dearly miss her.
Willis is survived by daughters Donna Lynn Willis Hayward and her husband Bill of San Jose, California and Denise Georgeann Porter of McGregor; 3 grandchildren, William L. (Bill) Hayward Jr. and his wife Maria of San Jose, California, Donald Lynn Hayward of Sacramento, DeAnn Dean Golden and her husband “Corky” Dan of flower Mound, Texas; 2 great-grandchildren, Jonathan Porter “Jack” Golden and Nathaniel Ernest “Nate” Golden. Her brother George Marion Dawson, Jr. and his wife Evelyn of San San Antonio, and sister-in-law, Rita Willis of South Fork, Colorado, also survives her.
Published May 13, 2009
Glen Rose Reporter