O達rien was born in Hofflund, North Dakota to Pete and Bessie
Nelson, On October 24, 1925. Doris lost her father to a septic
appendicitis in 1933 when she was only 8 years old. She lost her
mother in 1951.
At the age of 12 Doris
went to live with her sister Hilda and her husband Pat O達rien
in Vancouver Washington. There in Washington she met and Married
the love of her life, Dewey Jackson O達rien. They were married
in Cowlitz County Washington on June 8th, 1942. Together they
had five children.
Dewey was already
drafted into the army when they got married. During WWII one day
after his 21st birthday he was inducted. After spending time
based in Kentucky for military training he was soon sent
overseas and was in Europe by 1944.
Doris continued living
with her sister Hilda helping raise her nieces while Dewey was
away. Sometime after her first child Sonja was born in 1943 she
moved to Montana to be near her mother and sister Florence. In
Montana Doris was introduced to the truths of God痴 word the
bible by her brother George, at which time she formed a deep and
abiding attachment to her God Jehovah.
Jehovah God was no
vague or distant deity to Doris, but she saw him as her life
giver, her sustainer, and as a real person that she desired to
please and glorify. She read her bible daily and even as her
eyesight was failing she got larger and larger print until she
was using a 4 volume largest print set reading with a magnifying
Doris spoke to her
heavenly father in prayer regularly. On many occasions even
praying out loud, prayers that her family were all witness to.
She was excited to tell everyone that came close to her about
her God, her hope, and his kingdom. When she was hospitalized
and suffering terribly she shared bible truths with her doctors
and nurses. She even regularly engaged in house to house
ministry until the age of 90.
Aside from her love
for her God was her fierce love for her family. If one of her
children were in need she would come no matter how far she would
have to go. During times of distress she stepped in even
becoming the breadwinner when Dewey was seriously injured in a
logging accident. She was always there to give advice and had an
empathetic heart with deep feelings.
She made sure that she
instilled in her children that same deep love. The O達rien
family experience a level of closeness distinguished by an ease
in sharing hugs. Dewey and Doris taught their children to
demonstrate family love. Greetings and departures were always
accompanied by a hug and most times a kiss. Something not
experienced by every family.
Doris was proceeded in
death by her Husband Dewey, her siblings, and her granddaughter
Anna. Doris is survived by her five living children; Sonja Marie
Guerrero of Stayton, Oregon; Delbert Dewey (Dig) O達rien and
his spouse Nola O達rien of Mill City, Oregon; Michael Allen
O達rien and his spouse Audrey O達rien of Salem, Oregon;
Karen Christine Potter and her spouse Dave Potter of Gates,
Oregon; Carey Moline (Joe) O達rien and his spouse Terri of
Mill City, Oregon. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 13
great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Arrangements entrusted to
Weddle Funeral Service.