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 Doris Marie <I>Kinkade</I> Shones

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Doris Marie Kinkade Shones

  • Birth 3 Mar 1923 Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington, USA
  • Death 15 Apr 2007 Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 28353370

A family gathering in August 2007 was held at Doris's gravesite. Ellensburg's famous wind was constant during the event and kept blowing over the flowers and photo board - probably because she never did like having her photo displayed! A bagpiper played Amazing Grace and her great granddaughter Raven played two fiddle tunes for her Granny.

Doris was finally home in her beloved Ellensburg for good.

Here she is posing with her gravestone - she planned on having a picnic on her gravesite on one of her trips. Unfortunately, the sprinklers were on in that area. She said, "Another time" - a saying she often used - and we were off to find more family graves - dry ones, that is. Doris absolutely LOVED cemeteries - her children recall her taking walks through them in the 1950s, when they were quite small. The early stones would carry the name of the town's main streets. It never mattered if family were buried in them; any cemetery was special to her.

The Record, Ellensburg, Washington -
Doris Marie Shones, 84, of Tacoma, passed away April 15, 2007 in Eugene, Oregon while returning from a vacation to visit cousins in the Medford area. Born March 3, 1923, she was the middle daughter of Ralph and Effie(Stickney) Kinkade and was raised on a farm outside Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington. She learned to cook on a wood stove and was active in 4-H. Doris also sewed and helped with farm work. When she was 11, she went with her father into the fields. They didn't have saddle horses and she drove her own team. Her father would let her swim in the valley irrigation diches. [Doris recalled that her daddy would tell her to keep her mouth shut so she wouldn't get bunny hair in her mouth!] She loved going to the Grange, with its dancing and fiddle music. Her father moved the family to Tacoma and Doris graduated from Lincoln High School in 1941. It was quite a change going from farm to city girl but Doris adapted well to anything thrown her way. She went to work for the Army during World War II at Fort Lewis. She lived in Dormitory #1 on Post. After the war she worked for J.C.Penny in Snohomish. While working there, she met and married William F. Allred, a logger. The couple moved between logging camps in California, Washington and Oregon and had three sons and a daughter; however,their second son Danny was stillborn. She divorced Bill in 1957 and married Donald F. Shones the same year. They had a son together and lived in Northern California and Southern Oregon where Doris helped Don in his gas station businesses. She also briefly worked for the U.S. Post Office in Sacramento. Doris took her four children with her to Puyallup, Washington in 1967; lived for a couple of years in Olympia and returned to Tacoma in 1970. She returned to work for the Army at Fort Lewis and retired in 1988. In 1990 (at age 67) she was an enumerator with the U.S. Census in Pierce County and canvassed many neighborhoods on foot. She also was recognized for several years of volunteer work with Celebrate Seniority. She was an active member and office holder in Tacoma's Mary Ball Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Doris's real passion was family. She usually just dropped in while driving through an area (no need to call if you're family!) She was an amateur genealogist and spent many years researching her eight Washington Territory pioneer ancestors and their descendants. She was a life-time member of Clan Kincaid and subscribed to the on-line Kincaid List. She also was a contributor to the Family Tree DNA project. Doris would laughingly lament that she had yet to find a high-resolution match with her DNA; thus far, the only matches were low-resolution ones and they were from men! One of Doris's favorite pastimes was walking through old cemeteries. She was very proud of the fact that her Kinkade families came to the Kittitas Valley in 1882 and her Stickney ancestors came in 1887. She helped her daughter document them all for the Washington State Centennial Pioneer Project in 1989. Her brother and sisters hosted her 80th birthday party in Fife in March 2003. Her Kinkade ancestral line - father, grandparents, and great-grandparents all lived to be in their 80's. Doris was always independent and moved to a north end senior housing complex after selling her home on North Pearl St. She lived with her cat, Buster. After giving up her car, she got a motorized scooter and was well known by neighborhood businesses - zipping around the area shopping and doing her banking in all types of weather. Her grandchildren recall that she was an excellent pie baker except the fact that the crusts were just a tad too thick and wouldn't collapse. Her wonderful pies got to be called "cavern pies" for that reason. They also recall that she had better get her coffee! When she babysat them overnight, they all recalled waking to the sound of exploding eggs when she fried eggs on high heat! She would give them peanut butter on toast to tide them over until the eggs were done. She is survived by her children, Wayne, Matt, Margie & Phillip, two grandchildren,and three great-grandchildren. A special niece that was like a daughter to her, Mary Page of Ellensburg; siblings Lois J. Page of Ellensburg, Marilyn F. Courtney and husband Ralph of Puyallup, David R. Kinkade and wife Susan of Costa Mesa, CA and ex-sister-in-law, JoAnne French of Altamonte Springs, FL.

Doris loved living in Tacoma; however, her heart was always in Ellensburg, where she was born. At least once every year or two, Doris would make a trip "back home" to visit family. Never once did she forget to visit the I.O.O.F. cemetery and she got to know the office manager quite well. Doris' main strength was taking care of her family. She was a very giving person and was low-key in her generosity when helping others. Her keen sense of humor will be missed by many she came in contact with. Doris's cremains will be inurned in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Ellensburg between her great aunt and uncle, Minnie Kinkade and Will C. Wright and her great-grandparents Sarah and David Kinkade. She designed her own tombstone six years ago and playfully posed with it. At her request, there will be no formal funeral services.

Postscript: Doris was engaged to a soldier "SSgt Graydon E (Grady) Waters". during WW2. He was killed in action on January 9, 1945 in France. She saved his letters and kept the envelopes she had sent to him that had been returned and marked "Missing" or "Deceased". His remains were unrecoverable.


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Life Member of Clan Kincaid - Doris M. Kinkade Allred Shones

Gravesite Details Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) emblem
  • Created by: Margie von M
  • Added: 18 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28353370
  • Margie von M
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Doris Marie Kinkade Shones (3 Mar 1923–15 Apr 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28353370, citing IOOF Cemetery, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Margie von M (contributor 47028174) .