Doris Jane “Dorie” <I>Birtcher</I> Backus

Doris Jane “Dorie” Birtcher Backus

Birth
Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, USA
Death 2 Jan 2017 (aged 81)
Sylvania, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Burial Sylvania, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 174878421 · View Source
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Doris Jane “Dorie”
Doris Jane “Dorie” Backus, age 81, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at Ebeid Hospice, on January 2, 2017. Born on June 23, 1935, the daughter of Mildred and Fred Birtcher in Cambridge, OH. She attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio and worked in the treasurer's office graduating three years later with a primary school education degree. Dorie then taught one year in Cambridge. While at Muskingum, she met Read Backus whom she married in 1957.
She lived at home with her beloved grandparents who raised her after her mother died when she was four days old. She also taught in St. Louis while Read was in Dental school.
Dorie and Read enjoyed a life of service to others and their community. They partnered in Boy Scouts as she served as a Cub Scout Den Leader and participated in three Boy Scout Philmont trips to Cimarron, NM. Together they enjoyed over 30 years of boating, active with Toledo Power Squadron and teaching safe boating courses for many years.
They joined McCord Christian Church in 1966. She loved singing in the choir and playing the piano as well as singing at home for family. She enjoyed a range of service including as a school parent, Eastern Star, Dental Auxiliary, boating, bowling, bridge with friends, bible study and enjoyed spending time at the Sylvania Senior Center and many more. Later, she and Read enjoyed cruises and travel with friends.
Her husband of 59.5 years, Read, preceded her in death this past April 2016. She will be missed daily by her children, David Read (Amy) Backus and Barbara Read Backus Sears; grandsons, Hunter Read Sears, Benjamin Read Sears and Andrew Earl Backus; and great-grandsons, Easton Wright Sears and Read Charles Sears.
Friends are welcome at Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 Main St., Sylvania, OH., Friday, January 6, 2017 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. The funeral service will be Saturday, 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home, with a private interment following at Toledo Memorial Park. In celebration of her life and love of living, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the , Sylvania Senior Center, The Ebeid Hospice on Flower Hospital Campus or donor's choice.

Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 5, 2017


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  • Created by: Backus Family History
  • Added: 5 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 174878421
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Doris Jane “Dorie” Birtcher Backus (23 Jun 1935–2 Jan 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 174878421, citing Toledo Memorial Park, Sylvania, Lucas County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Backus Family History (contributor 47039629) .