Doris Lillian Holcomb

7 November, 19229 July, 2021


November 7, 1922 - July 9, 2021

Doris entered into heaven on July 9, 2021. She was 98 years old. She was born and raised in Ross, ND. She moved to Seattle, WA, where she met and married William (Bill) Holcomb (deceased). After living in several different places as a military wife, she settled in Sanford after her husband’s retirement. She ran Holcomb Baby Sitting Service while raising her 3 daughters. She was a member of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and the Fleet Reserve Association, in Sanford, where she held many officer positions.

She is survived by her daughters, Paula Vickery (Steve), Cindy Chorpening (Randy) and Janice Conley (Hamp). She was “Mema” to her grandchildren Karri (Jeff), David, Cody (Celeste), Katie (Chris), Christy and Chad (Cindy); and to her great-grandchildren Kameron, Miranda, Kinslee and Nora.

Doris’ Celebration of Life will be held July 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Sanford.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be given to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, or Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries, 2525 S. Oak Avenue, Sanford, 32773.


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 24 July , 2021

  • Committal Service

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Joy Serena

28 July 2021

I knew Doris since I was a child because we went to the same church (Lutheran Church of the Redeemer). Years later, my husband and I moved into the house next door to Doris and raised our children there.

One day my very rambunctious son Joseph, around 2 years old at the time, decided to dash out of the back yard into the road. By the time I saw him about to run into the road, Doris had very calmly grabbed his arm and stopped him. Doris had been talking with her neighbor when she noted the attempted escape and immediately resumed talking to her friend once my son was caught, as if it was no big deal!

Doris always looked good! I don't think I ever saw her looking messy. She was a sharp dresser and also kept in shape with her daily walks.

Doris had a sweet tooth and I remember one day she made some divinity that was so good! That is a hard thing to make and I was impressed! When we had watermelon we would give her some of it which she enjoyed. And she always enjoyed any sweets that I baked.

We were blessed to have such a wonderful neighbor!

Kim Holland

25 July 2021

My Mom, Vallie Cox, babysat for Mrs. Holcomb. One time, she was at the Holcomb house and brought me with her because I was too young to leave home. Doris had made tapioca pudding and portioned it out in the fridge. She said I could have one before leaving. I'd never had tapioca before, but it was so good and I sure did appreciate her letting me have one. In later years, my sister, Joy Serena moved in next door to Doris. One day, Doris's healthcare nurse had undone her setting on her blood pressure cuff. Joy couldn't fix it and called me. I was able to reset it and Doris offered to pay me! I told her I'd been owing her a favor for a long time. I told her about the tapioca and of course, she didn't remember, but I will always remember. We grew up in the same Lutheran church and Doris walked the neighborhood for a lot of years.

Harold Sundvall

16 July 2021

Doris was one of my mother's best friends. When my father died she took in 3 of my brothers (Bill, Gary and Tim) to care for until my mother was able to come home from rehab. She had suffered a breakdown.
Our family will always be grateful for Bill and Doris.
Our deepest sympathy to family and friends.

Scott Milsom

15 July 2021

My condolences to Doris' family. Good for Doris for living a long, happy life and for having loving children and grandchildren to look after her in her later years.

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