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Doris Sloan Bale
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Birth: Nov. 3, 1920
Garfield County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Aug. 29, 2012

Passed away peacefully, in her sleep, on August 29 after a long and largely successful battle with congestive heart failure. Doris Sloan Bale was born in Enid, Oklahoma on November 3, 1920; she died just three months shy of her 92nd birthday. She moved with her family, including sisters Lois and Joyce and brother Daniel to Arizona before World War II. A proud veteran of that war, Doris served in the Women's Army Corp, stationed at Camp Campbell, Kentucky. Promoted to Staff Sergeant Doris served as the personal assistant to the Camp Commander. When General George Patton visited the camp, Sgt. Sloan was assigned as his driver. He admired her spunk and sense of adventure so much that he commandeered a tank, and taught her how to drive it across the camp's obstacle course. Doris met her first husband, Elmer Caronto, a highly decorated pilot from the "Flying Knights," the famed 9th Fighter Squadron of P-38 flyers, while he was recuperating in the base hospital. Elmer and Doris married after the war ended, and moved to Globe, Elmer's home town. They divorced a few years later. At a time when comparatively few women obtained university degrees, Doris attended and graduated from Arizona Teachers College (now ASU) with a Masters in Education; her area of specialty was the diagnosis of reading disabilities. At that time she met her second husband, Robert "Bob" Bale. Bob, a nationally recognized motivational speaker was well known in Phoenix political circles; he led the campaign to persuade the California State Legislature to cooperate in sharing Colorado River water resources. Doris and Bob had two sons together, Robert Jr. and Matthew. Doris, an early pioneer for women's rights, pursued a full-time professional career as a public school teacher after her sons were born. She taught for many years in the Kaibab School District in Scottsdale before she was hired away to design, implement and head a Developmental Reading Program at The Judson School, a renowned private boarding and day school in Paradise Valley. Doris was also an early advocate for the development of programs that helped evaluate and test the ability of school children to read. She developed and taught seminar programs for teachers across the USA that helped them learn to identify those students with reading problems, along with ways to correct those deficits. That love of reading informed and inspired her whole life; Doris' personalized license plates were, "READ 2," a cogent message to parents and students alike to include reading in their daily lives. Doris' husband Bob died in 1976. For the next 25 years she lived alone, but nearly 50 years after parting from her first husband, Elmer Caronto and Doris reunited and remarried. They lived happily together in Phoenix until Elmer's death at age 88. A kind, generous and loving person, Doris was a constant source of inspiration and motivation to everyone who knew her. Doris' personal motto, "Never Give Up," was a mantra she lived by up to her final hours. She is survived by sons Robert Bale Jr. and his wife Patricia Bale; their daughter Brooke; Matthew Bale and his wife Cyndy Bale; their children Shawn and Christian; grandson Scott Bale; step-daughter Deja Bentley and her husband Juan Bentley; nieces Sue Ellen McMillan, Marcia McAllister, Barbara Murphy; Cindy Orr; and a legion of friends, family and former students whose lives were changed for the better by her ability to inspire, to motivate and to share her great love of life. Her family invites Doris' friends to a Memorial Service at A.L. Moore Grimshaw Mortuary, 710 W. Bethany Home Road on Saturday, September 8th, beginning at 5:00 PM, a private celebration of her life to follow. (Moore-GrimshawMortuaries, Phoenix, AZ)
Created by: mokennehan
Record added: Sep 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97121141


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