OBITUARY

Doris Ann Downs

23 September, 194810 May, 2021

Doris Ann Schmitz was born in Celina, Ohio on September 23, 1948 to Norbert (Curly) and Cordula (Lefty) Schmitz, the second oldest of ten children. She attended grade school and high school in Mercer County, with a short detour at a Catholic convent in Salem Heights in 1962-1963. After about a year, she decided she no longer wanted to continue on the path of becoming a nun and eventually chose instead to become a nurse. In 1966, she enrolled in the nursing school at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio and graduated as a Registered Nurse in the spring of 1969. After graduation, Doris worked at Good Samaritan for about a year and then for about nine years at a physician’s office, also in Dayton. During this time she traveled around the U.S. in a Volkswagen bus with her oldest sister, Diana. Her adventurous spirit next took her to Denver, where she and her friend Betty Hemmelgarn moved in 1976. In January 1978, Betty introduced Doris to a colleague at work, Dave Downs. That June Doris left for a long-planned five-month backpacking trip through Europe with a younger sister, Mary. Soon after she returned from Europe, Doris and Dave decided to get married, and did so in March 1979. Both their children, Sarah and Seth, were born in Denver. In 1989, their family of four moved from Englewood, Colorado to Highland Village, Texas. There, Doris continued her work, this time as a school nurse. She later switched to work as an assistant in the special education classroom. After retiring from working in the public schools, she donated her time to several different volunteer positions. Doris and Dave continued to live in Highland Village until her death on May 10, 2021. Those who knew her best would describe her as a funny, compassionate, kind person who loved to travel, garden, seek adventure, read novels, solve word puzzles, read the Sunday comics, cook fabulous meals, and spend as much time as possible with her friends and family. She especially enjoyed time with Sarah and Michael’s children, Olivia, Adrian, and Carson, Seth and Molly’s children, Coen and Finley, and with Madison, Kylie, and Shelby, whom she informally adopted and considered to be her grandchildren as well. Doris touched many hearts and souls, more than she ever realized. She was greatly loved and will be missed by all of us who had the incredibly good fortune to be a part of her life.

Services

31 July

A Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors

523 S. Main Street
Grapevine, Texas

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Connie Borgeson

19 July 2021

In 1966, I met Doris in Dayton, Ohio during our first year of Nursing school at Good
Samaritan. Doris and I developed a strong, lasting friendship from then on. We traveled
many miles together between Dayton and our homes in Mercer County.
There are so many memories of life at Seton Hall, our training days at Dayton State Hospital and after graduation our house on Catalpa Drive. There were great times on Catalpa Drive with Janie, Gaye, Linda and several others over the years. I met my husband Bob on Catalpa Drive, Doris was my maid of honor, she shared this special day with us. I was honoured to be her maid of honor also.
Doris and her sister Diane visited us in Saskatchewan, Canada during one of her trips.
My husband and I also visited her and Dave at their home in Texas.
We both ended up many miles apart after our marriages, but never lost touch.
In 2014, Doris and few of our nursing friends met in Naples, Florida. It was such a great time. Then in 2019, Doris and I met at our 50th Nursing reunion. It was such fun seeing everyone. Doris and I shared a hotel room together. We reminisced about our nursing days, families especially the beautiful grandchildren we both have.
Doris was very special to me, like a sister. Doris will always be in my heart and a special part of my life! Love you Doris! Connie Borgeson

Condolences: We would like to send our deepest love and prayers to Dave, Sarah, Seth and families. You were the world to Doris! Connie and Bob

Condolences: We wish to extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to all the
Schmitz families. Connie and Bob

Connie McDonough

9 July 2021

I had the remarkable good fortune to meet Doris shortly after she graduated from Good Sam. We were roomies, friends, co-conspirators and shared secrets only the two of us will ever know.

Doris had the most immeasurable capacity to love unconditionally and held a boundless spirit of goodness. She lived life fully and with great gusto. Her unbelievable strength in battling her health challenges was beyond words.

My compliments to whoever contributed the obituary. You captured her so very well. The photo of her with one of her grandchildren spoke volumes and was reflective of her truly special life.

God has welcomed her to Heaven with open arms and I bet she's one of his favorites. The world has lost the presence of a woman who was a member of its best ever inhabitants. The fond memories and the essence of her spirit will live forever in our hearts.

Bernice Koesters

23 June 2021

My sympathy to Doris’ family. Thank you for sharing all the pictures of Doris. Doris was my “little sis” at Good Samaritan school of nursing in Dayton, Ohio.. Haven’t seen her much since her Good Sam graduation, but especially happy to visit with her during a mutual trip to Florida a few years ago, and again two years ago as she celebrated her 50th nursing anniversary in Dayton. I know all of you miss her very much.

Peg Cacek

23 June 2021

So sorry to hear about Doris. She was a year behind me in high school & we went to nursing school together. Met her in FL. a few years ago. Will be deeply missed. Such a good person. Thoughts & prayers are with you & her family.

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