Aug. 1, 1919 — Jan. 6, 2014
Doris E. Talbott, Walla Walla, formerly of Milton-Freewater, passed away Jan. 6, 2014, at the Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla at the age of 94 years. Memorial services will be Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 1 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church in Milton-Freewater, with Rev. Rebecca Hendricks officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice, St. James Episcopal Church or Washington Children’s Home Society through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Doris was born Aug. 1, 1919, at her aunt’s farm in Washtucna to Claude and Ida Mae Moton. She grew up and attended Dayton schools and also attended Eastern Oregon College of Education in LaGrande. Upon returning to Dayton, Doris met her future husband, Robert “Bob” Talbott. They were married on Sept. 2, 1939, at the home of the groom’s sister and brother-in-law, Maurice and Marian Roe. They remained married for 57 years. Over the years, Doris worked many jobs, but her most important and fulfilling was being a mother. Her son Michael, who was born in 1940, died in a car accident in 1960 on his way home from college in Portland. Several years later, their son William “Bill” Talbott, came into their lives. He passed away in 2008. There was never a craft or hobby that Doris didn’t attempt to do. If she didn’t know how to do it, she would take lessons or teach herself. Some of her hobbies were gardening, painting, weaving and golfing with Bob. Over the years, she tried many things and enjoyed all of them. After Bob retired, they traveled with family and friends and golfed all over the United States.
Some of the organizations Doris was a member of were the PEO Sisterhood and the Milton-Freewater Garden and Art Clubs. She was also a member of St. James Episcopal Church. After losing Bob to cancer in 1996, Doris continued to live in the home that Bob and she built in 1974 in Milton-Freewater. In 2009, Doris decided that she needed a little help with daily routines and moved to the Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla, where her mother had also lived. She had already checked all the resident homes in the area herself and knew this is where she wanted to live.
Doris is survived by three grandchildren, Cathi Beck of Alasaka, and Jordan and Cameron Talbott of Walla Walla. She also leaves many nieces and nephews and many friends who will miss her dearly.
The family would like to thank the staff at Odd Fellows for their dedicated care and making her last few years enjoyable with no worries at all. Also to her close friends who continued to visit her these past few years and kept her updated on all the events happening in her hometown and around her.