Doris Dean Colson

September 23, 1937May 5, 2019

Doris Dean (Armstrong) Colson, age 81, entered into eternal life on May 5, 2019, at her home in Denison, Texas.

Doris was born September 23, 1937, in Denison, the younger daughter of Pearl (Pilgrim) and Walter Armstrong. She married Donald Ray Colson on September 21, 1962, and became mother to twins, Jim and Kim, in 1965.

After years of being a devoted, stay-at-home wife and mother, she worked at Redpath Apparel, but then found her true passion working in the DISD Food Service. She was passionate about cooking for and serving the students of Hyde Park Elementary, and later at Denison High School. Her goal each day was to be kind and understanding to each student, and would often say, “Mine may be the only smile they see today”. Nothing would make her day more than to see a former student and receive a big hug and thank you for being their “lunch lady”.

Doris was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend, and provided her unconditional love to all that were in her life.

Doris is survived by her children, Jim and Kim Colson, grandchildren Melissa, Kourtney, Tanner and Jagger Colson, great-grandchild Liam Brittan, sister Erma Floyd, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Doris is preceded in death by her first child, Estelle Marie Gailey, her parents, and husband Don. There are no services planned at this time.

Doris’s family would like to extend their love and gratitude to the amazing nurses and staff at Guardian Hospice for their wonderful care during the last year.

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Earline Burleson

May 8, 2019

Doris was a wonderful, lovely Woman. A cherished neighbor for many years. Our hearts are broken with yours. Earline stopped by and visited with her not too long ago. Doris was ALWAYS there for our family. We can be there for you at this time, anytime.
Happy memories, Heaven received a Beautiful Angel.

From: Earline Melton Burleson and Jana Bishop

Josh Rogers

May 7, 2019

I will NEVER forget her smile everyday as she served us lunch all those years at Hyde Park. My first week eating lunch at the middle school in 6th grade was off, it seemed like something was missing. I didn't realize what it was until I got to high school and there she was, again to serve lunch! Albeit it wasn't that awesome rectangle pizza that we had in elementary school, but regardless, she was there to brighten our days again with her smile, (and occasional extra mashed potatoes) :), shhhh, don't tell my secret!

You will be sorely missed Dorris, we all benefitted from the contagious smile that you imposed on us, even when we were having a bad day. God bless you and your family!

Jodi Ethridge

May 6, 2019

I worked with Doris at Denison High School in the cafeteria for a couple of years. She was a very loving and caring lady and will be missed by not only her family and friends, but the students that she served and touched daily. She was truly a BLESSING!! Sending up prayers for her family and all who knew her.

Heather Purcell

May 6, 2019

The most sweetest caring lunch lady ever! Always had a smile on her face and would for sure put one on yours. Heaven gained a beautiful women today! Prayers for the family ♥️

Justin Hall

May 6, 2019

Best lunch lady around. Very nice each and every time. Always had a smile that was welcoming. Hyde Park Elem. 1995-2000.