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Doris L. Woodruff Padgett Morris, 97, passed away peacefully with family by her side at 11:03 AM Friday, December 21, 2018 at The Lamoine in Macomb, Illinois after a long and generous life. She was born on June 26, 1921 in Eldorado Township, near Industry, Illinois. Doris graduated from Industry High School in 1939 and was a proud winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution DAR Good Citizen Award during school. She lived in Macomb most of her life, but also resided in Canton, Industry, and Vermont, Illinois. She had two children, Larry and Betty, from her 1941-1951 marriage to Quention "Bud" Padgett. She later married Russell Morris in 1973-1994.
Surviving Doris are her daughter, Betty Padgett Sperry, of Macomb, six grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. They are Nick (Deanna) Padgett, of Chicago, Illinois and their children Ainsley and Theo; Camie (Jan) Fourie, of Tremont, Illinois and sons Preston (Natalie) Scott and twins Chayce and Chrisjan Fourie; Abbie Sperry, of Carthage, Illinois; Nicole (Chad) Daugherty, of Clayton, Illinois and their children Haley and Max; Ryan Padgett of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Jeremy Padgett of San Francisco, California. Also surviving are daughters-in-law Janice Johnson of Macomb, Illinois and Tonna Padgett of St. Joseph, Michigan and many beloved nieces and nephews and their families.
Preceding Doris in death were her parents Goldie and John Woodruff, one brother, and four sisters. Her siblings were Mildred (Temple) Teel, Zelma (Harold Brillhart), Velma, Dorla (Eldon Strode), and Raymond (Florence). Dorla was Doris’s twin and Zelma and Velma were also twins. Also preceding Doris in death were her son Larry Padgett, husbands Bud Padgett and Russ Morris, and son-in-law George Sperry.
Coming of age in the Depression, Doris was a lifelong hard worker and saver. Doris worked at Bower Roller Bearing (now NTN-Bower) from 1966 until her retirement in 1987. She previously worked at the A&P grocery store on the Macomb Square from 1952 until the store closed in 1966. Doris also operated several businesses with her husbands. In the late 1940s, she ran the Padgett Cafe in Vermont, Illinois with Bud. In the 1970s, with Russ, she operated the Dairy Queen in Kewanee and The Shoe Tree on the Macomb Square. She also owned several rental houses in Macomb for decades, purchased from her savings.
Doris was a member of the VFW Auxiliary for 50 years and the American Legion Auxiliary for even longer, where she held the office of sergeant-at-arms several times. As co-chair of Macomb’s American Legion poppy program, Doris helped to fundraise record amounts during the annual poppy sale. Doris was a member of the United Methodist Church in Vermont and Macomb.
Mom and grandma to several generations, Doris’s house was always open to a constant stream of family visitors for lunch, after school, on weekends, and during holidays. Doris never managed to sit down during a holiday meal she cooked, always ensuring that everyone else’s plate was full. She was a regular supplier of specially decorated birthday cakes for family celebrations. A talented seamstress and upholsterer, Doris always had a needle and thread at hand, ready to sew and mend clothes, or help a family member with household chores. On multiple occasions, Doris invited family members to live with her in Macomb while they attended college. Known for speaking her mind, Doris’s sharp wit and tongue stayed with her to the very end, providing unexpected humor to visitors and caretakers.
A memorial service will occur at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, 303 East Washington Street in Macomb, Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11 AM with David Brillhart officiating. A visitation preceding the service from 10-11 AM. The family will host a luncheon immediately after the service at the American Legion, 221 East Washington Street in Macomb. A private burial of ashes will occur later at the Vermont Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #6 or the VFW Auxiliary to Post #1921. Condolences may be mailed to 416 East Summit Street, Macomb, Illinois 61455, or left online