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 Doris Ethel <I>Becker</I> Fish

Doris Ethel Becker Fish

Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa, USA
Death 26 Nov 1988 (aged 65)
Richfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Plot F-1, 0, 621
Memorial ID 649987 · View Source
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Doris Ethel was born in Spirit Lake, IA, USA to Elmer F. and Ethel M. (West) Becker. Doris was Elmer's first child and the the third daughter of Ethel, who had previously been married to Chester Creery. Doris was a "preemie" and so small that they kept her warm in an oven as she slept in a shoe box.

After Doris' birth, the family had to move to a larger city, Minneapolis, so Elmer could find work. He had a family of three daughters, his daughter, Doris and two step-daughters, Leone and Dorothy, and of course, his wife, Ethel to care for now. So in 1923 off they went.

Doris was a smart, pretty red-headed, blue-eyed little girl who quickly became the older sister to Barbara, Jimmy and Jerry. By 1929 Elmer deserted the family and was not to be seen or heard from again until the 1950s just before his death. The six siblings told tales of what wonderful times they had together. Doris told many, many stories to her children about her mother and siblings and about her grandparents, John and Ella West and as well as her great-grandparents, Robert and Lucretia (Burton) Crowell. She instilled a sense of family into her her two surviving daughters.

At 18 (1941), Doris married Roy Corwin. Doris was a talented singer and Roy played the piano. The two of them were asked many times to play and sing together. But that togetherness as entertainers wasn't enough, the marriage lasted until 1946 but in 1942 they had a daughter, Patricia. Doris worked at Sears in Minneapolis for a while but ultimately moved to Balsam Lake WI to live with her mother and step-father, Andy Dumire, on their farm. Doris worked at Indian Head Lodge and her mother took care of Patty. Then in 1946, Doris met Joseph Fish, finalized the divorce from her 1st husband from whom she'd been separated for several years. Doris and Joe married in 1947. After their marriage they took care of Joe's parents' resort, Fish's Resort, on Deer Lake, WI. But Joe needed a full time job so like many families, they had to move to a larger city - Minneapolis. Joe got a job as a plumber and the family stayed with Doris' sister and her husband until they found their own place.

She and Joe bought a home, using the GI Bill, in the growing suburb of Richfield. Doris was thrilled to have a house of her own! All her growing up years the family rented houses and moved often. Doris was a stay-at-home mom in the Boom time after the war. Joe and Doris had two daughters of their own, Linda and Joan Leslie. Until the death of their daughter, Leslie, their life was idyllic. As often happens with a loss, the grief took it's toll on the family dynamics. But their marriage survived the changes. Soon their daughters married, they had children making Doris and Joe grandparents, they bought a cottage on Deer Lake, they became the all American family with joys, trials, financial successes, etc. all filled with love of family.

Doris was an amazing woman filled with beauty, love, sass, craftsmanship, love of poetry and music and so, so much more. So loved, so missed.

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  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 649987
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Doris Ethel Becker Fish (11 Jan 1923–26 Nov 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 649987, citing Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Mini (contributor 46869920) .