Doris Louise Gammon passed away on June 28, 2021 at the age of 92. She was born on May 14, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Walter and Eleanor Meyer. She married William Thomas Gammon in October 1948. They made their home in Detroit for 6 years, later relocating to Saginaw County, where she resided for more than 65 years. A dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Doris is survived by her four sons: Glenn (Laima) of Houston, Texas; Bruce of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; Roger (Suzanne); and Neil (Debbie) both of Michigan; four grandsons: Todd, Marc, Kevin, and Perry (Becky); two granddaughters, Ashley Knight (Cory) and Autumn (Justin); three great-grandsons: Kade, Paxton, and Brooks; and two great-granddaughters, Ava and Presley. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Roy Chestnut, a niece, Rhonda Rose and two nephews, Kevin Meyer and Aaron Chestnut. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, parents, two brothers, Ronald and Carl and sister, Sally Chestnut.
Doris achieved a long and storied work history. At the age of 13 she worked at a Detroit dairy so her family had access to milk, butter and eggs during WWII. After graduating from Marlette Township High School, she returned to Detroit, first finding employment at Detroit Bank and Trust and later as a cashier at Kroger (because the pay was better) proving to herself she could make it on her own before marriage. Once she and Bill settled in “rural Saginaw,” Doris went to work for Welcome Wagon, informing newcomers about area businesses and available services. She used daycare services in the mid-1950s so she could continue working. Later when Doris managed Andre’s, a fabric store in downtown Saginaw, she took her youngest son and his playpen with her to the shop. She completed real estate courses through the University of Michigan Extension Service and in 1970 obtained her license to sell real estate. As a member Bridgeport Country Club, she insisted a swimming pool be constructed and later organized its swim and dive team for the children. For 19 years, she operated The Keyline Shop, a ladies apparel store located in Bridgeport and Frankenmuth, Michigan before retiring in 1993. Throughout her ventures, she maintained a loving and welcoming home for her boys and their friends, serving up untold numbers of peanut butter sandwiches, ice cream and homemade cookies, and continued the tradition for her treasured grandchildren.
In addition to her beloved family, she enjoyed a collection of lady friends of all age groups. She counseled and encouraged family and friends alike to reach for the stars. Doris was a good listener, an adviser, a teacher, sometimes a preacher, a traveler, a dreamer, a doer. As her health declined, she often repeated: "I had a good life and I did lots of things other people never thought about doing. Bill loved his job and my boys all liked what they did too."
The family would like to thank the staff at Colonnades Assisted Living of Bay City, Michigan for their patience, sense of humor and compassionate care. Respecting Doris’s wishes, there will be a celebration of life for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, please perform a deliberate act of kindness is her memory. To sign online guestbook, visit www.cremationsocietymidmi.com Arrangements made with Cremation Society of Mid Michigan
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