Doris L. Dunlap
March 17, 1933 – March 20, 2021
Lillian Doris Dunlap was born in Huntington, West Virginia on March 17, 1933 to Audie and Emily Adkins. She was one of twelve children. "Doris" passed away peacefully three days after her 88th birthday on March 20, 2021. She was under the gentle care of Angela Hospice Care Center located in Livonia, Michigan.
Doris was the beloved mother of Linda Barkus and husband Daniel Barkus, Debra Taylor, Teresa Dunlap, Daniel Dunlap, and the late William Curtis Dunlap Jr. Loving grandmother of Jeannie Barkus Herrin and husband Jeff Herrin, Renee N. Ruiz and Michael Garcia, Christopher Dunlap and Trisha Lempea, Jose Bocanegra, Julie Bocanegra, and Jesse and Samantha Bocanegra.
Dearest Great Grand-Mother to Zachary and Joseph Herrin, Michael Garcia Jr, Christopher Dunlap Jr, Benjamin Dunlap, Ciara Sifuentes, and Gavin, Gage, and Gabby Bocanegra.
Doris is preceded in death by her parents, her son, and five siblings. She is survived by her siblings: Wilma Findley and husband Jim, Sue Britton and the late Bob, Janet Adkins and son Bobby and daughter Cindy, Danny Adkins and wife Clare, Helen Adkins, and Gene Adkins and wife Nita.
Doris was a home-maker with a few years spent as a waitress. Doris also loved to play Bingo, she loved going to the casinos, and playing her scratch off tickets. She loved her flowers and her rose bushes. She was famous for her cornbread and potatoes and her love of cake and ice cream. Doris had an affinity for classic country, such as Patsy Cline and George Jones, but she absolutely loved Elvis Presley. Although she raised her children in Detroit, Michigan, Doris was a down-home country girl at heart and everyone could tell because she never lost her West Virginia accent.
Doris was described as caring, generous and loving. She opened her doors to anyone who needed a home for short or long term. She helped raise her grandchildren and would do anything in her power to help those in need... especially her family. Doris was passionate about her family and simply loved being a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all. There are no words to describe how much she will be missed by everyone who knew her.
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Doris L. Dunlap
Anacelis- Chella Collazo
March 27, 2021
Renee’s Grandma Doris
For us little girls who grew up in the neighborhood in SW Detroit we remember you well. You were sweet & kind but also very firm strong lady. I will never forget the time Renee and I thought we were going to save a baby bird that fell out the nest, we named it Sofie. We brought the bird in the house trying to care for it. Boy did you let us have it for brining a bird in the house! 😂 I smile and laugh when I think of this. In your West Virginia accent you yelled at us but then you had a good convo about life, death & family. Never thought that would be a life lesson for us we would understand later. Thank you for raising my friend into a beautiful woman and mother. You did a great job! We didn’t have it easy in our neighborhood but your strength and love prevailed. May you rest in heavenly peace.
With 💙 from Chella 🙏🏽
March 22, 2021
I HAVE SO MANY UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES OF MY AUNT DORIS, FROM VISITING AS A CHILD, TO HITTING A COUPLE GARAGE SALES TOGETHER ALONG WITH DAUGHTER DEBBIE & GRAND DAUGHTER RENEE. WE ALSO SPENT TIME AT THE BINGO HALL , AGAIN WITH HER DAUGHTER DEBBIE, I GUESS BINGO FEVER RUNS IN THE FAMILY . ALWAYS IN MY MEMORIES, FOREVER IN MY HEART....I LOVE YOU 💘 AUNT DORIS
March 22, 2021
Written by her daughter, Debra Kay Taylor
In the garden, as I sit
There is beauty all around...
The birds they chirp, and sing a song,
Rose petals hit the ground.
I hear a voice say softly,
"My child, you know I'm here... I need too show you of some things, of me, you should not fear"
I feel a touch so lightly,
It takes me by the hand...
It guides me through the morning mist
Spread out across the land.
I feel a warm breeze, on my face
I thought I heard a sigh...
The sun is rising quickly
As the dew, it starts to dry.
"My child I need you, to come home, I want to have you near"
Those words were whispered, oh so soft,
I heard them very clear.
I smell the flowers fragrance,
Drift up to fill my nose...
As gently as a summer breeze,
My eyes begin to close.
I fell like I am floating,
And then, the clouds they part...
An angel beckons, "Come this way"
No longer beats my heart.
Renee Ruiz - Granddaughter
March 22, 2021
God saw you getting tired
A cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you
And whispered, "Come With Me".
With tearful eyes we watched you
And saw you fade away,
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay
A golden heart stopped beating
Your tender hands at rest,
God took you home to prove to us
He only takes the best.