Doris grew up in Southern California and met her husband Don, of 69-plus years, at a dance class at the age of 13. They fell in love and married on June 20, 1948 and started their new life together on Don’s family ranch in the Oak Grove area of Mariposa.
They lived there and worked the ranch for the next eight years. During that time they were blessed with two boys, Ron in January 1953 and Gary in December 1955. While living on the ranch, Don and Doris started a business, Mariposa Hay Market, which they operated for 20-plus years.
They moved off the ranch and into the town of Mariposa in 1957. While Don ran the store, Doris did the books and took care of the two boys. After Gary was in school she started working at the Mariposa Elementary School as the office secretary. Between doing the books for the store, working at the school and raising the two boys, it was a very busy time in her life.
With her accounting skills she transferred over to the school’s district office as the bookkeeper and worked in that position until she retired. During her time at the district office, the store was sold which allowed Doris and Don to travel and see much of the U.S.
One of their favorite trips was the riverboat (Delta Queen) on the Mississippi River. Also during this time Doris lost her oldest son Ron in a boating accident.
Her next adventure with Don was to start another new business. Don found a piece of property in town and they built the PD Quick Car Wash & Laundry Mat. With a love of knitting, Doris started and ran the Yarn Shop at the PD Quick complex. She enjoyed helping and knitting with the customers and friends that would come by PD Quick to do laundry, wash their car or just say hello.
For those who knew Doris, there are many more stories and accomplishments, too many to fit in this announcement. Doris led a busy and wonderful life until the onset of Alzheimer’s, which slowly took her away from us.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and her son, Ron Van Meter in 1980.
Doris leaves behind her husband, Don; a son, Gary (Ginger) Van Meter; four grandchildren, Kim ( John) Sheets, Kristen (Scott) Faulkner, Jacob Van Meter and Kelsey Van Meter; six great-grandchildren; step grandchildren, Cari (Dan) Cassady and Scott ( Jill) Messer; six more great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandson.