Doris Jean Shewmaker

                    August 1, 1930  -  November 14, 2012

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Doris Jean Shewmaker (nee Smith), age 82 of Maryland Heights, died on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at her residence.

Beloved wife of Bertis “Gene” Shewmaker and the late William Toal; dearest mother of Donna (late John Steven) Gamache, Michael Toal, Barbara Ireland, Gloria J. (Geoffrey) Brecher, Brenda K. (Michael E.) Smith, Donna L. Varao and Terry L. (Sharon) Shewmaker; dear grandmother of 12, great-grandmother of 9 and great-great-grandmother of 1; dear sister of the late Betty Richardson; dear sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend.

Doris Jean had a wide range of interests reflected in a lifetime of reading rivaled by few; published writer and poet, well known for her light verse; worked her weekly Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle in ink; unofficial member “Jeopardy Hall of Champions”; skilled family history researcher and St. Louis Genealogical Society volunteer; witty and wise-cracking, enjoyed Wednesday bingo with her many friends at VFW Post 3944; passionate and able political debater; exuberant, lifelong Cardinals fan; her love of all animals included dogs, cats, and quarter horses; retired executive assistant from HBE; OASIS tutor at Remington Traditional School; volunteer for local Red Cross blood drives; graduated from Clayton High School, 1947; attended St. Louis Community College; fought a fierce 14 month battle against a merciless disease and did it on her own terms to the very end.

As per her request, there will not be a service or visitation.

Donations appreciated in her memory to the American Cancer Society, St. Animal Pet Adoptions (S.A.P.A., 3585 Westridge, St. Ann, MO 63074) or a charity of your choice.

The family is being served by BAUMANN COLONIAL CHAPEL of Overland.

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Born: August 1, 1930

Place of Birth: Vigas, MO

Death: November 14, 2012

Place of Death: Maryland Heights, MO

Memorial donations may be made to:

American Cancer Society
4207 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

St. Animal Pet Adoptions (S.A.P.A.)
3585 Westridge
St. Ann, MO 63074

Charity of your own choice

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