Doris Elizabeth Crofoot, age 96, died at her home in Jacksonville, Oregon, on May 13, 2010. She was born at home in Chicago, Ill. on January 8, 1914, to Charles Francis and Lily (Gates) Edwards.
In 1919, at age five, Doris moved from Chicago with her parents, her brother, Bill, and her grandmother in a 1919 Ford Model T touring car on a two-month journey to Alameda, Calif. The trip and its travails were the source of many amusing stories recorded by her grandmother, Lucy Audubon Edwards, in her journal, The Log of the Humped Back Liz.
Doris grew up in Oakland, Calif. where, as accomplished pianists, she and her brother, Bill often performed for local radio stations. Following graduation from Oakland High School, Doris attended UC Berkeley and worked for the Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco. She and Harry Davis Crofoot were married on February 24, 1937, in Redwood City, Calif.
In 1951, after living several years in the Bay Area and Sacramento, Harry and Doris moved with their three young daughters to Medford, Ore. where Doris worked as a bookkeeper at Swem's Gift Shop, Pick's Apparel, and Robinson's, in the heart of downtown Medford.
In 1972, Doris accepted the position of City Recorder and Treasurer for the City of Jacksonville. For 26 years she was the official face of Jacksonville and greatly enjoyed her work and the many people she met and grew to know.
Following her retirement, Doris was elected in 1998 to the City Council and served two terms, thus moving from an administrative to a policy-making role for historic Jacksonville. Her beloved dog, Lucy, was notably allowed to attend council meetings, sitting quietly in Doris' chair. In 2007, just before Doris turned 93, a special Proclamation was issued by Mayor Jim Lewis, giving her permission to retire from the City Council.
Besides caring for Lucy, her constant companion, Doris loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, weekly bridge games, knitting, working puzzles, gardening, and watching college and professional sports. She and Lucy took daily walks around Jacksonville, and Doris said she occasionally broke into a run, just to see if I still could!
Doris will be greatly missed not only by her large and loving family, but also by countless friends and community members who, along with the City of Jacksonville, have lost a golden gem. The family would like to thank her caregivers, Jim and Kay Adams, for their help and friendship during the last year.
Doris Crofoot is survived by her daughters, Patricia Ann Holmes of Medford, Susan Davis of Bandon, and Jacqueline Reid of Ashland; grandchildren, John Olsen, Kelly (Donahoe) Miller, Michael Donahoe, Patrick Donahoe, Doreen (Holmes) Marcial, Dedra (Holmes) Whyte, Sally (Holmes) Gibson, Traci (Holmes) Kraft, Nancy Davis, Barbara (Davis) Wickes, Annie (Reid) Driver, and Nicholas Reid; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harry, and brothers, John Audubon Edwards and William Thomas Edwards.
An informal gathering in celebration of Doris' life will be held Saturday, June 5th from 2 5 PM, at the home of her dear friends, Jeff and Julie Alvis, 315 South 5th St., Jacksonville. Please bring memories to share!
Remembrances in lieu of flowers can be made to the Jacksonville Thrift Shop, P.O. Box 1346, Jacksonville, OR 97530, or to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, 1801 Willamette St., Suite 200, Eugene, OR 97401.