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Doris Marie Loomis

Doris Marie Loomis

Doris Marie Loomis

June 28, 1925 – August 28, 2021

Doris Marie Loomis joined her beloved husband in the arms of Jesus on August 28, 2021 at the BrightStar care home with her daughter and the amazing care givers that walked her through this final chapter in life.

Doris was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho on June 28, 1925 to Ernest and Mildred Sundquist. She attended schools in Firth where they lived and graduated from Firth High school in 1941. She worked and traveled the northwest for a while before going to Bible school at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri for a 3 year degree in music and Bible. She returned to Idaho to work with Youth for Christ and American Sunday School Union. She traveled central Idaho teaching VBS and met a very handsome farmer, Glenn Loomis, in Donnelly. They were married in October 1950 in Boise. They had two daughters, Glenda, born in 1951 and Gloria, in 1954. Glenn and Doris celebrated their 70 th wedding anniversary days before Glenn died in 2020.

Doris was a very energetic, creative, and a busy lady. She had one of those “big personalities” that impacted people wherever she went. She taught a women’s Bible study in Nampa for 20 years (where they wintered for the girls to attend Christian schools) and was a Christian Women’s Club president and area representative for several years. In the 1960’s, Glenn and Doris built DayStar, a Bible camp and conference center on Cascade Lake. This ministry had a profound impact on the lives of many youth from Idaho to Oregon and California. Glenn and Doris were charter members of the Donnelly Bible Church where they both ministered for many years. Doris taught music in the grade school in Donnelly. She played the piano for the church and many other events for decades. She was a talented seamstress. She made the girl’s clothes and sewed for a design studio in Boise. In her later years, she made scarves from old neck ties (preferably silk) for anyone who would take one. She loved art and covered her walls with pictures, each with a story of its origin which you heard whether you asked or not. When Glenn built cabins on the lake she would help build the stone fireplaces. She would say, “Glenn does the smart stuff and I just do the design part.” Her humor and pranks were widely known and we will tell those stories for years to come. More than anything, she would want to be remembered as one who had a heart for God. He used her in the lives of many women and the kids that came through their house in the 70’s. She continued to minister and pray with any hurting soul even in her last years at the care facility.

Doris was preceded in death by her daughter, Glenda Loomis; her husband, Glenn Loomis; her parents, Ernest and Mildred Sundquist; her siblings Pearl (Sundquist) Miller, Charlie Sundquist, Leroy Sundquist, and Dexter Sundquist. She is survived by her daughter, Gloria (John) Beery; granddaughter Hannah (Casey) McDonald; grandson Nathan Beery, and three great grandsons, Jacob, Jack and Henry along with multiple nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at Holmes Cemetery in Donnelly on August 31 st . A memorial service to honor both Glenn and Doris will be held October 3 rd at 3 pm at Alden Waggoner Funeral Chapel.



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