Doris M. White
Doris M. White 1923—2017 Doris M. White, 93, of Rockford, Illinois died after a brief illness on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at SwedishAmerican Hospital. Doris was born September 2, 1923, in Huron, Kansas to Roland Clyde Higley and Marie Wilson Higley. As a child she lived in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Texas. She graduated from Amarillo High School (Amarillo, Texas), attended Amarillo (Junior) college for one year, and then graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and earned her Master's Degree in Romance Languages from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, where she met Kenneth White. They married in Amarillo, Texas in 1948, and were married for 39 years. He died January 7, 1987. She was a member of the Third Presbyterian Church for sixty years. She loved all animals and cared for them as she cared for her family. She loved the northwoods of Wisconsin and was an avid musky fisherman and charter member of the 139 Muskie Club. Her largest fish was 43½ inches and no matter how he tried, Ken could never out-fish her. He was an excellent guide though. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Ken. She is survived by her children, Pat (Gary) Nehring of Winnebago, Bill White of Rockford, and Wendy (Barry) Dahlberg of Pecatonica. Her three grandchildren, Erick Dahlberg, Andrea Dahlberg (Tony Martin), and Katie White were her pride and joy. She is also survived by her brother, James (Pauline) Higley of Amarillo, TX and by nieces and nephew, Gayle Houseworth, Pamela Mason and Paul Higley, many cousins and close friends. The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center for their loving care of Doris for these past few years. A private burial service was held. A memorial service for friends and family with Rev. Dean Parker officiating, will be held at noon Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Street, Rockford, with time to visit the family from 11 to 11:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Third Presbyterian Church, 1221 Custer Ave., Rockford, Illinois 61103 or to Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, 111 North First St., Rockford, IL 61107 or to a charity of your choice. To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh.com .
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