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Obituary: Doris Strong Davies

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1912 ~ 2004

Doris Elsie Strong Davies, 91, passed away Wednesday evening, April 14, 2004 of natural causes. Her husband, "Pal," Wayne O. Davies, was at her side as she passed from this life.

Doris was born August 25, 1912, in Salt Lake City, to Louis Hyrum Strong and Elsie Daisy Garrett Strong. Her dear father died as a result of the great flu epidemic of 1918 when Doris was only six years old. Nonetheless, her father remained a source of great love and guidance to her throughout her entire life.

In 1922, her mother remarried Owen A. Bailey, whom she came to love as "Uncle Owen."

Doris met her sweetheart and "Pal," Wayne, at Bryant Junior High School in Salt Lake City. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on August 28, 1934.

On April 21, 1937, their daughter, Colleen Lou, came into their lives. In 1941, when Colleen was only 4 years old, she and her mother joined Wayne in Richland, Washington, where Wayne worked as an Army Engineer with the highly secret Manhattan Project. Doris and her family returned to their home in the Salt Lake City "Avenues" in 1945.

On April 17, 1947, their son, De Wayne, came into their lives. Doris and Wayne raised their two children and remained in the same home for virtually their entire lives.

Doris loved music and was active in creating music programs at the Primary Children's Hospital and was an early member of the Allegro Chorus, where she served as President for two consecutive years and was an active member for 45 years. She was also active in leading music in the Ensign Stake, and later in the 27th Ward of the LDS Church in Salt Lake.

She remained an active bowler in an all women's league well into her


Doris is survived by her "Pal" Wayne, her two children Colleen (Weldon) and De, her brother Louis (Elaine), her sister Bonnie, her grandchildren Gordon, Gayle (Ray), Gary (Deidra), Tammy and Tyrone, and her great-grandchildren Makyla, Katrina and Ashley. Doris was loved and known dearly by her nieces and nephews as "Auntie Dodo."

Graveside services will be held Mon., April 19, 2004, 12:30 p.m., at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Friends may visit Sun. evening at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, from 6-8 p.m. and Mon. from 11-12:15 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Primary Children's Foundation, P.O. Box 58249, Salt Lake City, Utah 84158.