Former Hoquiamite, Doris Elaine Harlan (Davies), 89, of Westport, died Saturday, July 18, 2013, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She was born at the Hoquiam General Hospital to James and Myrtle Davies (Hartwell) on March 4, 1924. From three months to approximate ten years of age, Doris was raised by Judson and Della Adamy at 2506 Pacific Street. Her mother remarried George Hartwell and Doris moved back in with them.
Doris attended Washington Grade School for the first grade and later Lincoln Grade School where she was one of their first cheerleaders. Then she attended Hoquiam Junior High School where she was on the 8th grade student council. In high school she was a majorette for both the Aberdeen Elks drill team and the Hoquiam Rainbow drill team, and attended the state convention. She was a member of the Rainbow Girls and also ushered at the high school football and basketball games.
She married Ernest Hedman on March 7, 1943, and became a “war bride”. Later she married William C. Harlan. Altogether she has 5 children. She worked at Grays Harbor Veneer. Her belief in God, being an important part of her life, she attended the Presbyterian Church in Hoquiam and later in Grayland.
The first part of her married life she lived in Hoquiam. She joined the Odd Fellows, was a member of a bridge club, of The Phi-Beta Kappa and the Fifteen Club. She loved beachcombing, dining at her favorite beach restaurant and developed her “beach restaurant families”. She loved garage sales, animals, listening to Roy Orbison CD’s, camping, oil painting and traveling abroad. In her early 40’s she attended Grays Harbor College and received her AA degree in counseling.
In 1978, she and Bill moved to a small cabin they had built and proceeded to build their dream home at North Cove. They ended up with four dogs and Doris became known for a time as the “dog” lady who took in strays. She provided a lot of beach “fun” for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters, Sandra (Dan) Haggerty, Joyce (Sunny) Cooper and Teresa (Kenneth) Lawson; her sons, Gary (C.J.) Hedman and Thomas Hedman; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was a “mother to many”. She had a very dry sense of humor and was loved by all. Doris had a great imagination and forwarded that to her children
The family suggests that donations can be made to PAWS, P.O. Box 451, Aberdeen, WA 98520.
There will be a celebration of her life at the River of Life Fellowship Church, 308 West King Street in Aberdeen at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2012.
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