Doris Jean Prisel

Doris Jean Prisel, 86, passed away March 3, 2014, at her family’s home in Concrete.

Doris was born on April 6, 1927, in Royal Oak, Mich., to Peter and Mary (Snively) Plant. Doris was preceded in death by Ralph, her husband of 67 years, and her beloved dog Sophie.

Doris moved to Concrete in 1980 and soon became very involved in the community. She belonged to the Concrete Rebekah Lodge #226 for more than 25 years. She was past Noble Grand and served two terms as president of the Washington State Rebekah Assembly. During this time it was said, “If anyone is looking for Doris, she can usually be found driving her brand-new shiny red car, taking a friend to town or to the doctor, or helping anyone with myriad errands.” She was quoted saying, “I eat, sleep, drink, and love Rebekah’s.” She was thankful for her Rebekah sisters and cherished their friendships. She also was a member of the Birdsview Grange and Concrete Garden Club for many years.

Soon after moving to Concrete, Doris began attending Community Bible Church of Concrete. She loved her church family and was thankful for all their support over the years. Doris was an avid player of dominoes, loved getting together with friends once a week at the Concrete Center, and loved to tease everyone with her favorite mantra, “I’m going to win this game!”

Prior to moving to Concrete, Doris and family moved from Michigan to California twice, then in 1959 moved to Alaska and homesteaded in Juneau for 10 years. After moving to Concrete, Doris’ husband spearheaded the first annual Concrete Fly-In at the local airport. Doris and her Rebekah sisters were busy every year selling Fly-In T-shirts at this annual event, which still continues today.

Doris is survived by her daughters Judi Meek and her husband Ken of Kirkland, Wash.; Sue Beheyt and her husband Dan of Concrete; grandchildren Lisa, Scott, Mandy, and Timm; great-granddaughters Paige, Dana, and Anna; loving sister Pauline Bauer of Perrysburg, Ohio; and dear friend Shirley Poe of Concrete.

A memorial service celebrating Doris’ life will be held on April 5, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Community Bible Church, 45672 Limestone Street/P.O. Box 88, Concrete, WA 98237, with Pastor Rob Thomas officiating. A reception will be held at the church immediately following the service.

Memorials are suggested to Community Bible Church of Concrete or a charity of your choice.

Published in Concrete Herald, April 2014.


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