Doris Doreen Gottman, 97, Palmyra, Mo., passed away Oct. 11, 2019, at Blessing in Quincy, Ill.
She was born Doris Doreen Daniel, Jan. 14, 1922, in Shelby County, Mo., to Frank E. and Etta Lee Pitts Daniel.
She was formerly married to Glen A. Cramer on March 12, 1942. They had three children, Larry Wayne, Michelle Marianne and Stephen Gregory Cramer.
On March 6, 1964 Doris married Henry C. Gottman. She was a devoted stepmother to his children Neil, David and Cathy Gottman. Henry passed away on Oct. 21, 1976.
She leaves behind a son, Greg Cramer, Palmyra; a daughter, Michelle (Cramer) Gautreaux, California; and three stepchildren, Neil Gottman and wife, Ruth, St. Cloud, Fla.; David Gottman and wife, Nancy, Macon, Mo.; and Cathy Gottman Nicosia, Troy, Mo. She also leaves a dear nephew, Ed Cramer, and his wife, Carol; and niece, Cathy Cramer Phillips, and her husband, Brock Phillips, of Palmyra who have been so supportive and loving; and two nieces, Linda (Daniel) McNichols, Tucson, Ariz.; and Brenda (Daniel) Lilley, Chandler, Ariz.
She is also survived by twin granddaughters, Debbie (Cramer) Sosa, Nevada; and Michelle (Cramer) Gomez; grandson, Rod Cramer, California; step-grandchildren, Jacques Gautreaux, California; Jennifer (Nicosia) Shone, Andrew Nicosia and Renee (Gottman) Middleton, Florida; Denise (Gottman) Truster, Florida; and Chris Gottman, Palmyra.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Francis (Danny) Daniel; and one son, Larry Wayne Cramer; her daughter-in-law, Neola Cramer; and her dear sister-in-law, Dorothy Daniel, Chandler.
Doris graduated from Palmyra High School with the class of 1940 and Hannibal School of Beauty Culture. She practiced as a beautician for 30 years in Palmyra. After retiring, she decided she missed the public and went back to work at Owlsley’s Pharmacy in Palmyra.
Doris was a woman of faith, being a wonderful example to all who knew her. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Friendship Bible Class and Sewing Circle where she crocheted many afghans for the Quilt Closet and for Maple Lawn Nursing Home. She also made baby afghans for the Quincy Crisis Pregnancy Center.
She made weekly trips to the nursing home, where she would visit and read to the blind. She was a caregiver over the years to elderly cousins and helped in the care of her daughter-in-law, Neola Cramer, until she passed on Feb. 25, 2012.
Doris became a permanent resident of Maple Lawn Nursing Home in October 2017 at the age of 95, where she seemed to thrive! In February 2019, she was given the honor of being named “Resident Council Chaplin” at Maple Lawn. All her years of church going, Bible study and being a “prayer warrior” made her the perfect choice! She had always read her daily devotionals and prayed every morning for anyone in need.
She was blessed with many precious great-grandchildren both on the Cramer and Gottman sides of the family.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Dennis Fletcher will officiate. Luncheon will follow at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the day of the service, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in lieu of flowers.
Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.