Doris Wilson, 1929~2009

Doris Ann Wilson (McDougald) was born to William and Verna Clark on April 12, 1929 in Pagosa Springs Colo. Doris passed away on Oct. 27, 2009 at a nursing home in Fruita Colo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth E. Wilson, her second husband, William D. McDougald, and grandson, Simon Limas. She is survived by her children, Kenneth David (Sheryl) Wilson, William (Judy) Wilson, Becky McCormick, John Clark (Teresa) Wilson, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Doris spent her early childhood in Arboles and Dyke, Colo., where her father operated a country store and post office. Her family moved to Pagosa Springs in 1934, where she attended second grade when her father turned politician and became treasurer of Archeluta County.

In 1944, her family moved to Grand Junction and Doris attended Grand Junction High School and Mesa State College. She put herself through college working at S. H. Kress Company, and as a drummer in an all-girl band. After school she accepted a post-war teaching job in Montrose, Colo., and met Kenneth E. Wilson from Delta. Doris and Kenny were married in August, 1949, graduated from Western State College (teachers), and started a family.

During the 1950s and 1960s Doris (English-elementary school) and Kenneth (music) were educators in Parachute, Pagosa Springs, and Norwood. They finally settled in Moab in 1963.

Doris’ love and dedication for education was evident in the lives of children she touched in her 26 years of service in the Grand County School District. Doris was a major component in bringing the Title I program to schools in Moab and was actively involved in local and state politics.

The family of Doris would like to express much gratitude to the staff at Family Health West and to Hospice for their loving care. A special thanks to Dwight Johnston, her “favorite son,” who tirelessly cared for, loved, and visited Doris at Family Health West.