Doris Attaway

Born April 14, 1930

Attaway, Doris E., age 83, on December 30, after a brief illness. As a child in Michigan, she lived in various coast guard stations, as her father was a lighthouse keeper. Graduated from Flint Northern High and attended classes at Wayne State University. Married James in 1949; he preceded her in death in 2008. Worked as a secretary/administrative assistant at the University of Michigan for many years, including assignments at the Burn Unit, Office of the Vice President and Institute of Gerontology. Following her retirement she was an active volunteer, organizing and participating in several Matthei Botanical Gardens miniature exhibits at their flower shows, and co-authoring a book on early “Women’s Voices”, at the University of Michigan while volunteering at Bentley Historical Library. She enjoyed a lifelong love of learning, reading, gardening and thoughtful conversations with old friends and new. She is survived by son Stephen (Thalia Haft), daughter Karen(Martin Wolfertz), granddaughter Meredith(James) Rogers, grandson John(Amy) Attaway, great-grandson John Attaway, sister Maxine Porter and her family, brother- and sister-in-law Robert and Rilla Attaway and their family, niece Beth(Tom) Peterson and their family, and her beloved cat Nutmeg, who now has a loving home with Karen and Martin. Remembrances at Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army or the Huron Valley Humane Society. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


  • A private memorial service will be held at a later date

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Gretchen Elsner-Sommer

January 3, 2014

The sweet, little plaque with the inscription "Welcome to my garden" always reminds me of Doris whether its covered with snow or leaves or flower pedals. Doris gave it to me me almost 11 years ago when my first granddaughter was born.
It reminds me too of Doris' careful concern for her family and friends.
It was a special pleasure working with Doris as a volunteer at the Bentley Historical Library and being part of the small writing group which we attended together. Doris really lived the importance of history and family.
Fond wishes to her children and grandchildren.

January 2, 2014

When I learned of Doris' death today, it shocked me. How sudden this all was, and my heart, prayers and thoughts are with her loved ones.

I have, and will always have, over 36 years involving amazing memories of this remarkable lady, and her husband Jim. They were kind to me, and loved me, and my children, her grandchildren.

Karen, you and Martin lived near, and were so good for her in these last few years, especially after she lost Jim.

Her devotion as mother to you and Stephen was one of her most dear, defining and loving strengths.

My love to you all,

Elizabeth Hayes
Centreville, MI

Steve and Jan Antonucci

January 2, 2014

Really sad to hear this Karen. Life can be very tough at times. We'll keep you in our prayers.

Debbie Jones

January 2, 2014

Karen and Martin, I am so sorry to hear about Karen's mom. She was such a sweet woman. Call me if I can do anything.

Jill Waller

January 1, 2014

I was so sorry to hear of Doris' sudden death. I had the pleasure of helping her for the last couple years, and will always remember our wonderful conversations. She was always so kind to me, and made me feel special. I will truly miss her, and am proud to have called her my friend.

Jan Friedman

January 1, 2014

Dear Karen and Martin,
Karen, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I know you were very close to her and loved her a lot. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
Jan Friedman