Doris Jean Draper, 85, died in her Woodland home on Feb. 16, 2017. Doris was born July 2, 1931 in Galena, Kansas to Lawrence and Leona Tackett. Doris graduated as valedictorian from Galena High School in 1949, then attended Joplin Community College and worked at the Bank of Joplin.
She began sending letters to Bobby Draper at Fort Ord in Monterey. Doris and Bob both attended same church and schools in Galena until his family moved to Winters in 1948. He graduated from Winters High School in 1949. They married April 19, 1954.
The newlyweds lived a short time in Pacific Grove until Bob’s army service was completed, then moved to Winters where they established a home for their three children. They were married 28 years before Bob died at age 50.
Doris was very active in the Winters Assembly of God Church, participating in women’s ministry activities and teaching both adults and children of all ages. Her faith in God inspired many to become believers. After her husband passed away, Doris worked 18 months at Woodland Medical Clinic medical records before beginning a career in the office of the Yolo County Librarian.
In 1994 she retired from Yolo County Library administrative services. Doris lived in Winters 31 years. To shorten her job commute she moved to Woodland in 1985, where she lived an additional 32 years.
Her favorite pastimes were traveling and reading. Doris loved to plan trips almost as much as traveling. She immersed herself into a region’s history, culture and food. She took hundreds of photos of adventures shared with family and friends. Her trips were near and far, traveling to nearly all 50 states, including Alaska and the Hawaiian islands; the Caribbean, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, England, Canada and Mexico.
Doris cherished good stories. She read, collected and traded books extensively. Her computer was a window into the world, giving her another option to travel, read and keep in touch with family and friends. Macular degeneration diminished her eyesight in recent years, thus Doris could no longer view screens or read books. However she continued to read and travel vicariously every day through the aid of “talking” recorded books or voice-enhanced devices.
The family is grateful to those who assisted Doris so she could remain in her home with a degree of independence, despite less mobility and vision. We appreciate assistance provided by friends of Woodland Bible Church, Society for the Blind, Community Care Car, Veterans Affairs and Meals on Wheels.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents and, husband; mother-in-law Juanita Draper; and brothers-in-law Allen Goff and Howard Draper.
She is survived by brother Larry Tackett (Loretta) of Lacey, Washington; sisters Dorothy Goff of Lodi and Nancy Cheatham (Dennis) of Shasta Lake; sister-in-law Janice Draper of Winters; brother-in-law Bill Draper (Janey) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; children Sharon Bouck (Jerry) of Tucson, Arizona; David Draper (Gina) of Challenge; Robert, aka Bob Draper (Lorilee) of Eagle River, Alaska; nine grandchildren, Wendy Thompson, Rebecca Bouck, Andrew Bouck, Darin Draper, Daniel Draper, Rachel Shaw, Mari Draper, Christian Gutierrez and Nina Draper; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, including Winters residents, John Draper and Chuck Draper (Denise).
A celebration of her life took place in Woodland on Feb. 25 at Woodland Bible Church. Winters Cemetery is the site of her burial.