Doris Wade - January 10, 2013Doris L. Wade, 97, of Tucson, Ariz., died Jan. 10, 2013 at Casa de la Luz Hospice in Tucson.
A celebration of her life was held at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Oro Valley, Ariz., where she was affectionately known as the Cookie Lady. Following the memorial ceremony, she was interred with Ewell at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo. Memorial tributes may be made to Casa de la Luz Hospice Foundation (www.casahospice.com) or Youth on Their Own (www.yoto.org).
Doris was born to Eva (Anderson) and Oscar A. Lundquist on July 3, 1916 in Aurora.
Doris passionately loved her family and delighted in her many friends across the nation, writing longhand communications when she was unable to travel and visit in person. In her eighties, she acquired a computer and loved emailing cards, letters, political commentary and jokes to her friends.
Doris was the second of nine children born and raised in Aurora. She graduated from Aurora High School in 1933 and had already made plans to attend the 80th reunion later this year. She was employed at the Hamilton County Courthouse as a clerk for a number of years before moving to the Washington, D.C. area, where she met her future husband. She married Ewell Wade in Aurora in June 1942 at First Christian Church.
Longtime residents of Lakewood, Colo., they both retired from U.S. government service. After Ewell’s death, Doris relocated to Seattle, then Bellingham, to be near her family. She became a Tucson area resident in 2004. Family and friends will miss her newsy Christmas letters received every year since 1944.
Doris’ life was one of service and volunteering was second nature to her. She served as a Pink Lady at Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colo. more than 22 years. A six-decade member of Order of Eastern Star, she was Past Matron of chapters in both Colorado and Washington. With her husband as AG, she served as Bethel Guardian of Bethel #8 Job’s Daughters International in Lakewood, Colo., for a number of years and later supported the Job’s Daughters experience of granddaughter Karrin in Bellingham, Wash. She was chairman of the board of the Wade-Terry Family Consortium 29 years.
She is survived by two brothers, Lynn, of Lakewood, Colo. and Oscar Jr. (Roma) of Aurora; daughter, Margot (Wayne) Wade-Terry of Bellingham, Wash.; son, Philip (Judi Olsen) Wade of Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren: Jackie (Kenny) Chriest of Lake Cavenaugh, Wash., Jeannine Terry, Burlington, Wash., Jordan Terry, of Bellingham, Wash., Gavin (Meagan) Terry of Bellingham, Wash., Karrin Terry, of Las Vegas, Nev., Jessica (Jared) Lott of Savannah, Ga.; and two great-grandchildren, Kenzie Marie and Preston Terry of Bellingham, Wash.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Evelyn Salleng and Lunette Lundquist; four brothers Donald, Maurice, Homer and Robert. She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, Major Ewell T. Wade USAF (Ret) on Easter Sunday 1984.