Friday, April 29, 2022
May 13, 1927 ~ April 20, 2022
Doris Pence completed her story on April 20, 2022. This story began in 1927 and is told in several parts.
The first part began with his birth in Warren, a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania that has only shrunk ever since. His father worked in a gear factory during the early days of the Depression, and when that factory closed, his family lost their home and began an odyssey out west in hopes of better times.
The journey west – living with her parents and brother in an old Essex automobile – became a central part of her childhood story. Breakdowns, gifts, kindnesses and hardships were the stories she used to describe herself when she finally had children to tell.
Then came the war that cost the life of the man she expected to marry, serving as a telephone operator, then listening as General Eisenhower called home to describe the progress of D-Day. Eventually, and soon after the war, she lived in Denver and worked with the Chamber of Commerce planning festivities to welcome the first-ever jet at Stapleton Airport.
Then she returned to Reno, Nevada and met George, the man who would become her husband for over 60 years. Together they moved to Susanville, California and eventually had a son, also named George, and a daughter named Donna. Together, George and Doris became a couple that really mattered in their community; working to build better schools, a new church, better community services, and a local economy that would support prosperity and growth.
They too prospered, building a larger home for a growing family and acquiring a cabin for summer outings. Eventually they moved on to take on new roles in places like Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Amman, Jordan and Whispering Pines, North Carolina. Every place they lived in was better for it. No place they called home has failed to improve and bear the mark of their efforts to be good parents, good neighbors, good friends and good citizens.
Doris is survived by her children, George and Donna, both of Salt Lake City; their spouses, Glenda and Paul; his sister Natalie; and nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, May 2 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1385 Spring Lane, Salt Lake City at 11 a.m.