Doris Hazel Fountaine

Doris Hazel Fountaine passed away at Mark Reed Hospital on September 4, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was 93, born in Detroit, Michigan, on July 26, 1919, to Hazel Lucy Shaw and Carl K. Frederick, later adopted by her stepfather Daniel Taylor.

She married William Fountaine Jr., in Detroit, Mich., on November 2, 1939. She worked as a taxi driver during World War II, and graduated from Whittier College earning a degree as an LPN. She moved to California in 1960 and worked as an LPN at Whittier General Hosptial. She moved to Washington in 1967 where she worked at Olympia Post Office until her retirement in 1984. After her retirement she enjoyed traveling with her close friend, Michael Chrvala.

She was also devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they knew her as the most loving and giving grandma in the world. Doris’s hobbies include bowling, swimming, marathon bingo and the Grandmothers Club of Elma. She enjoyed seeing her friends, playing with her grandchildren and weekly shopping trips with her dear friend, Pauline LaDue. She is greatly missed by all who knew her as well as the family dog, Tank.

Surviors include one son, William Fountaine III (Christine) of Fontana, Calif.; two daughters, Sandra Aldrich of Elma, and Sharon Rhoden (Don) of McCleary. Her extended family includes 24 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life and potluck will be held at the McCleary Community Center at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2012. Friends are encouraged to come and share their memories and stories of Doris.

Please visit and sign the online tribute to Doris at

Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.