Doris Warlick

February 18, 1934March 13, 2023
Obituary of Doris Warlick
Doris Harris Warlick, age irrelevant, passed away at home in Austin, Texas, in the company of her sister and son on March 13, 2023, after a long illness. She was born in Charleston, West Virginia, the second of three daughters born to James Lowell Harris and Lillian Louise Kennedy. After graduating from Stonewall Jackson High School, she studied at Randolph Macon before transferring to the University of West Virginia where she earned her B.S. in Chemistry. Doris put her degree to work and accepted a position in the Laboratory Department of the Flight Propulsion Division at General Electric in Cincinnati. There she met Charles Henry Warlick, a.k.a. Charlie, a Manager of GE’s Mathematical Applications Development Group. They courted, wed, and had a son, Charles Jr., who somehow came into this world without a science-oriented bone in his body. After completing his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Cincinnati, Charlie accepted a position at the University of Texas in 1965 and moved the family to Austin, which Doris would call home for the rest of her life. A feminist warrior, Doris was committed to advancing and safeguarding women’s rights in general and their reproductive rights in particular. She worked with Sarah Weddington and was active at Planned Parenthood in its early days. She also volunteered at the Settlement Home and worked long days at their annual Garage Sale. When she wasn’t volunteering or out walking a couple of miles, Doris was a stalwart of the West Austin Bridge Table Intelligence Network. As far as Tarrytown was concerned, if Doris didn’t know about it, it didn’t happen. Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her elder sister, Patty Holcomb; her husbands, Charles Warlick and Gordon Mashburn; and her beau of almost 30 years, Jerry Hunt. She is survived by her son; her younger sister, Terri Harris; nieces and nephews; and Jerry’s family, especially Jody and Ellen Hunt and their daughters, Tessa and Maya. We are grateful to Hospice Austin, especially Heather Jung, R.N., and to Doris’s caregivers from Heavenly Care, especially Carine Karekezi, Diane Furlong, Elsy Ngah, Hala Saigh, Latasha Hutchins, and TreNisshay Edwards.

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