A simple service was held at the graveside in Highland Park Memorial Cemetary, Johnston, RI. It was officiated by Rev. William Loring, son-in-law. Close family were present: Mary Dale Amison (daughter) and her husband Jim Dewoskin, Diane Loring (daughter) and her husband Rev. William Lorig and Donna Stevens (daughter). Because Doris was a veteran, having served in the Navy during WWII, military honors were presented by the United States Navy Honor Guard.
Doris Marie (Lind) Amison, 93 years old, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2015 at the John Knox Village Hospice House in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, after a brief illness. She was born on August 14, 1921, in Saint Paul, Minnesota to Gunner Wilfrid Lind and Saidie Morella Garrison Lind.
Doris grew up in Minneapolis, MN and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1939. After high school, she worked briefly for Investors Syndicate (an insurance company) in Minneapolis and then
• Joined the U.S. Navy Reserves on April 19, 1943, and served as a Storekeeper during World War II for 2 years 7 mos., and 23 days. (The same amount of time her father served in the Army during World War I). Her most notable award was the American Campaign Ribbon, She was honorably discharged from service on October 28, 1945 as a Storekeeper 2nd Class (E-5).
• While in the Navy she met Motor Machinist Mate Donald David Amison from Providence, Rhode Island. They were married on October 6, 1945 at St. James on the Parkway Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, MN. They had three daughters and were happily married for 27 years, until his passing in 1972.
• After a move to Rhode Island in 1950, she enlisted in the Rhode Island Army National Guard with the rank of Sgt (E-5). She was honorably discharged after two years so she could concentrate on college studies.
• She attended Bryant College in Providence, RI where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in advertising. In later life, she returned to school and studied at Maryville University and the University of Missouri-Saint Louis where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education. She was a true advocate of Life Long Learning.
• Worked as a copy writer for many years for several major department stores. The family lived in several states over the years: Minnesota, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri.
• After her husband’s passing in Rhode Island, she moved back to St Louis where she worked in the classifieds department for the St Louis Post Dispatch newspaper until retirement. She also worked in Special Education as a substitute teacher after she received her degree and certification in education.
• A gifted poet, her work is memorialized in granite in the Reflection Garden at Highland Park Memorial Cemetery in Johnston, R.I.
Doris was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 75 years. She moved from Saint Louis to John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit, MO in 2013, where she lived in an independent living apartment until her final illness. She had a busy social life at John Knox Village. She was a truly gifted poet and full member of the National League of American Penwomen. She enjoyed painting and making handicrafts, such as felt birds and Netzees, a handicraft novelty created and trademarked by herself. She had a gift for music. She was an active member of the Choraleers, a John Knox Village choir.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald (in 1972) and her brother, Bill (in 2014). She is survived by her daughters, Diane (William) Loring of Danbury, CT, Donna (Charles) Stevens, of Gjøvik, Norway and Mary-Dale (Jim DeWoskin) Amison of Warrensburg, MO, her grandchildren David and Lisalee, her great-grandchildren, Adam, Mirabell, Maya, Dylan, and Ethan, and her nieces (Susan, Peggy, and Lucy) nephew (Ronald), and other relatives.
A private, graveside funeral service was held at the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Johnston, RI, at 11a.m. on June 1, 2015. It was officiated by her son-in-law, Rev. William Loring. At the burial that followed, military honors were presented by the United States Navy Honor Guard.
She liked to describe herself this way:
Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Aunt, Great Aunt, Mother-in-Law, Sister- in-Law, Cousin, Poet, Friend, Fan, Citizen, Eastern Star, Proud Military Veteran.
The family requests memorial donations for Doris Amison be made to the John Knox Village Foundation, Lee’s Summit, Missouri (please contact 816-347-2382.). If you have any memories to share, they may be left on this memorial site and on Doris Amison’s online burial record at https://www.webcemeteries.com/memorials/default.asp?id=14244930