Doris Olive Proops (Savage), 93, died June 23, 2013, at Saint Vincent's hospital in Billings, Mont., just two weeks short of her 94th birthday. She was accompanied on her passage by the light of the largest and brightest full moon of the year.
At the time of her death, Doris was living with her daughter and son-in-law, Marian and George Sharp, in Roscoe, Mont. Prior to moving to Montana, she lived in Coffee City, Texas, for the past 12 years. Previous residences also include Brandon, Miss., Show Low, San Carlos, Calif., and Phoenix.
Doris was born July 4, 1919, in Cascilla, Miss., the oldest of nine children born to Jack Brown Savage and Olive Mente Savage (Wolfe). Two of the children, Ted and Howard, died early in life and the remaining family moved to Arizona when Doris was a teenager. They traveled across the country in a Model T Ford, towing a trailer and camping alongside the highway during their trip. It is hard to imagine two adults and seven children in an old Model T, towing a trailer with all of their worldly possessions, traveling across the country. It must have been quite a sight. Doris always said they loved the trip.
Doris spent most of her working career in the food service/hospitality industry, where she excelled at her work. She loved gardening and was a superb cook. All of her siblings, children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces will miss the fantastic meals she effortlessly prepared. She had a great sense of humor, was an avid reader and stayed well-informed of current events, politics and entertainment. She loved her TV shows and was a big fan of Lawrence Welk, Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. When calling on the phone, you always had to ask her to turn down the volume on the TV so you could carry on a conversation.
Doris is survived by her four children: James Griffith (Margaret Bullock) of Phoenix, Marian Sharp (George) of Roscoe, Mont., and Show Low, Patrice Herb of Litchfield, and Gregory Proops (Jennifer) of West Hollywood, Calif. She is also survived by her siblings: Jack Savage (Betty), Joyce Whitton and Don Savage (Joann), all of Coffee City, Texas, and Rex Savage (Lana) of Portland, Ore. Her seven surviving grandchildren are Eric Sharp, Kristen Sharp, Chad Sharp, Heather Douglass, Nick Herb, Brandon Griffith and Danielle Herb. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. Doris was loved by all of her immediate and extended family and she will be deeply missed.
Doris was preceded in death by her former husbands, James R. Griffith and Stephen G. Proops, brothers Ted and Howard and sisters Marjorie McNeil and Frances Stricker.
In her final days, Doris battled the long-term effects of diabetes. In her honor, please consider donations to your local Diabetes Foundation/Association.
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