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Doris M. Haworth

Doris M. Haworth

Doris M. Haworth, 87, passed away on January 28, 2015 at home with her husband and son at her side. Hers was a full and joyful life.

Doris was born October 6,1927, in Compton, CA, to Ora B. and Ruth Hughes Foster . Within two years of her birth, the family moved to the Cascade, ID, area, where she grew up, attending elementary, secondary and the first two years of high school. During her junior year, they moved to Middleton, where she graduated from high school in 1945. From there, she attended BJC and received a provisional permit to teach school. Over the years, Doris continued her education at summer school and eventually fully graduated from Boise State with a degree in Education and enough hours for a Masters. With the exception of 10 years to begin raising her family, she devoted herself to twenty-nine 3rd grade classes at four different schools within the Boise Public Schools before retiring in 1986 .

She met her future husband, Marvin, through a mutual friend while attending a basketball game at Boise High in the early spring of 1947. After 6 months of dating, Marvin proposed and the couple was married on June 12, 1948. They were to spend the next 66 years together. Their first son, Richard, was born May 3 , 1952, followed by their second son, Kenneth, on July 5, 1954. Doris was a dedicated and loving mother and together with Marvin they raised their sons in Boise. Always a firm believer in the value of a good education, Doris insured that both her boys had the opportunity for a college education . As an indicator of things to come, the family took several trips each year, seeing all of the western US before they were through.

With the boys grown, the couple started the ne x t exciting phase of their lives beginning with trips to Australia, Japan, Mexico and the Swiss Alps. With Marvin's retirement in 1989, the couple shifted into high gear with RV trips to 47 of 48 continental states (sorry South Carolina) and most of the Canadian provinces. A series of cruises included thru the Panama Canal and back, down the Rhine River, the Alaskan inner passage, the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas. This last voyage culminating with a visit to St. Petersburg, Russia . Continuing to share their love of travel, the couple took their sons, with their families, on a series of trips that included Mexico , Hawaii and a number of other vacation destinations across the U.S .

Beginning in 1990, Doris and Marvin were also snowbirds for 19 years. The couple enjoyed their winters in Mesa, AZ, sharing good times and the sun with friends and family. These years also saw the couple become square dance enthusiasts. They spent many enjoyable hours meeting and dancing with new friends and old from across the continent.

Always wanting to stay busy, Doris invested 25 years as a volunteer in various capacities at St. Luke’s Hospital. She loved to be of service and enjoyed the interaction with all of the people. She made many new friends and was always ready with a helping hand .

Doris is survived by her beloved husband, Marvin, eldest son Rick (Carol) in Greeley, CO, and daughter-in-law Carrrie in Caldwell. Included are two granddaughters, five grandsons and ten great grand children. She also had a special connection with her nieces Carol Lungren in McCall and Shirley Zabel in Boise.

Doris is preceded in death by her youngest son, Ken, her parents, two siblings she never met, and her brother Don and his wife Charlotte.
The family wishes to thank all the caregivers of St . Luke’s Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to either St . Luke’s Children's Hospital, 190 E. Bannock, Boise, Idaho 83712 or the St. Luke’s Hospice, 325 W. Idaho Street, Boise, ID 83702 .

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Ave., Boise.  Burial will follow at Star Cemetery, Star, Idaho.
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