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Doris M. White, 93, of Rockford, Illinois died after a brief illness on Sunday 4-9-17 at SwedishAmerican Hospital.
Doris was born on September 2, 1923 in Huron, Kansas to Roland Clyde Higley and Marie Wilson Higley. As a child she lived in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Texas. She graduated from Amarillo High School (Amarillo, Texas), attended Amarillo (Junior) college for one year, and then graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and earned her Master's Degree in Romance Languages from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa where she met Kenneth White. They married in Amarillo, Texas in 1948 and were married for 39 years. He died on January 7, 1987.
She was a member of the Third Presbyterian Church for sixty years.
She loved all animals and cared for them as she cared for her family. She loved the northwoods of Wisconsin and was an avid musky fisherman and charter member of the 139 Muskie Club. Her largest fish was 43 1/2" inches and no matter how he tried, Ken could never out-fish her. He was an excellent guide though.
She was predeceased by her parents and her husband Ken. She is survived by her children Pat (Gary) Nehring of Winnebago, Bill White of Rockford, and Wendy (Barry) Dahlberg of Pecatonica. Her three grandchildren Erick Dahlberg, Andrea Dahlberg (Tony Martin), and Katie White were her pride and joy. She is also survived by her brother James (Pauline) Higley of Amarillo, TX and by nieces and nephew Gayle Houseworth, Pamela Mason and Paul Higley, many cousins and close friends. The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center for their loving care of Doris for these past few years.

A private burial service was held. A memorial service for friends and family, with Rev. Dean Parker officiating, will be held at noon on Saturday April 22, 2017 at Fred C. Olson Chapel 1001 2nd Street, Rockford with time to visit the family from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. with Reverend Dean Parker officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Third Presbyterian Church 1221 Custer Ave Rockford, Illinois 61103 or to Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary 111 North First St. Rockford IL 61107 or to a charity of your choice.

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  1. Terry Podeszwa

    Pat & Gary, our sympathies & prayers go out to you at this time. My mom passed away 4 years ago at Christmas time, and our brother died 4 months later, one day after Easter. It does make the holidays somewhat difficult at times. However, God uses these holidays as a constant reminder of the gift he gave to us, so that we know how it all will end. Mom was 93 also, and we have plenty of memories to share each & every holiday to remind us of her. You will as well. So our prayer & hope for you all is that God, in his infinite wisdom, grace, & mercy, will give you that "Peace that passes all understanding" as you go thru this time.

  2. Gayle Houseworth

    My thoughts and prayers are with Pat, Bill, and Wendy and their families. I have fun memories of a couple of visits to Rockford to see Aunt Doris, and family while I was growing up.

  3. Ken and Pam Mason

    She was the dearest Aunt anyone could wish for. So many wonderful memories of her smile and gentle laugh. Please know Ken and I send our thoughts and prayers to her loving caring family.

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