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Doris Louise Gaylord mother of Alan M. Gaylord of Portland, Oregon

Doris Louise Gaylord

Modified: Friday, Sep 4th, 2015

Doris Louise Gaylord passed away into the presence of the Lord on Sunday morning, Aug. 23, 2015, in Citrus Heights. Born to Paul Payne and Rosa Belle Smith of Avery, Neb., Nov. 8, 1918, Doris was approaching her 97th birthday.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Melvin (Mel) Gaylord, one older sister, and three older brothers.

Doris and Mel honeymooned to Paso Robles in June of 1938 and over the next seven years had six children. From 1952 until1970, they owned and operated the K&M Market in partnership with Mel’s cousin, Kenneth Morehouse. Retiring from the grocery business while still in their SO’s freed them to golf, bike, and travel — camping and hiking throughout the Western states and Canada. During their early retirement years they established a small business called the Gaylord Nut Packing Company. Operating out of their basement, the two of them processed walnuts they harvested at a farm in Adelaida and then delivered them to grocery stores throughout the area.

After Mel passed away in 1981, Doris sold the large home they had built and she moved to Sierra Bonita on the east side of Paso where she lived until 2007. Never one to be idle, she continued oil painting, gardening, enjoying the ocean and spending fun times with family and friends.

She traveled to the East Coast and went to Europe twice. She remained involved at the Live Oak Church where she had been a member for over 60 years. At the age of 88, Doris was still volunteering weekly delivering meals for Meals on Wheels, stocking shelves at Loaves & Fishes and hostessing a home bible study. Once a month she ministered to young boys through the California Youth Authority’s “Birthday Club” and was always available to her neighbors to run errands or take them to appointments. They could feel safe with Doris at the wheel. She never had an accident or ever received a violation ticket in all her 73 years of driving!

In 2007 Doris sold her Paso Robles home and her car and moved to an independent living facility in Citrus Heights that was near a daughter, three granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren. By March of this year she required more care and moved across the street to a memory-care facility where she continued to love and be loved until her passing. Her contagious smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Doris is survived by 77 direct descendants (84 including adopted and step-grand and great-grandchildren): her six children, Alan (Janice) Gaylord, Portland, Ore.; Evelyn Muir, Missoula, Mont.; Gary (Judy) Gaylord, Albuquerque, N.M.; Patricia (Bill) Botts), Reeds Spring, Mo.; Nancy (Steve) Hammer, Templeton; and Beverly (Jim) Steerman, Fair Oaks. Doris is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

GG (as her great-grandchildren affectionately call her) was loved greatly in life because she unselfishly and unconditionally loved them first — and loved God most. Those who loved her in life will miss her in death but rejoice that she has finally been set free through her faith in Christ to enter her eternal home and move into the glorious room Jesus has prepared for her.

There will be a viewing at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 11 between 4 and 8 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m., a service will be held at the Live Oak Church, 1521 Oak St., in Paso Robles. The interment will follow at the Paso Robles District Cemetery at approximately 10:30 a.m. Following the interment all are invited to gather back at the Live Oak Church for a time of fellowship with friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Doris’ memory may be made to Hospice - Sutter Homecare, Roseville, CA or to the Paso Robles “Meals on Wheels” or “Loaves & Fishes”.

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