Doris Lucille Toy

Doris Lucille Toy, 95, longtime resident of Aberdeen and former nurse for Aberdeen School District, died on Friday, July 19, 2013, at her home. Doris was born on a homestead in Deming, New Mexico on September 25, 1917, to Edward W. and Lucile E. (Eckert) Thompson.

Her family moved to Orange, Calif. in a 1915 Model T Ford. They moved several times and Doris attended schools in California and in Medford, Ore. She graduated from Orange Union High School in Orange, Calif. She had attended 14 different schools. She then moved to Washington and graduated from Port Angeles School of Nursing in 1940 and went to work for Auburn General Hospital for two years.

In 1942, Doris married E. Taylor Toy in Auburn and for the next two years they lived on a farm in Kent. They then moved to Rice, Wash. and worked on a farm there for ten years. In 1953, they moved to Ocosta and then to Aberdeen. For her and Taylor’s fiftieth wedding anniversary, they traveled for six weeks in Alaska in a camper. Her husband, Taylor, passed away in 1998.

She worked at Grays Harbor Community Hospital for many years before going to Aberdeen School District as a school nurse. She worked there for seventeen years and developed a school nurse certification program for other school nurses.

Doris enjoyed traveling, working puzzles and crafting. She was a Deaconess and a member of Friendly Day Circle at United Christian Church, Wishkah Valley Leisure Club, two-term president of Twin Harbors Lions, local and national AARP.

Doris is survived by five children; many grandchildren; and many more great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the United Christian Church, 1st and L Streets, Aberdeen.

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Cremation arrangements are through Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” Abraham Lincoln