Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI


Doris R Dummer

July 22, 1927July 16, 2020

Doris Ruth Dummer, age 92 of Traverse City, passed away peacefully July 16, 2020 after a valiant 13 year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, six days short of her 93rd birthday.

Doris was born July 22, 1927 in Manistee, MI., to Rollin and Irma (Allen) Davis. She was raised in Manistee, and graduated from Manistee High School in 1945. After working in Lansing and Manistee as a bookkeeper, Doris married Kenneth L. Dummer, who was also a 1945 MHS graduate, on April 27, 1957 in a beautiful ceremony at the historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with a reception at the Hotel Chippewa. Doris and Ken lived in Grand Rapids in the early 1960’s, then moved back to Manistee where they raised their daughter, Janet. Shortly before Ken’s retirement, they settled in Beulah where Doris worked as a secretary at their church, Our Savior Lutheran. The family relocated to New Hampshire in 1988, and while there, Ken passed away in 1995. After enjoying the warm breezes of Bermuda on a Mother-Daughter cruise, Doris and Janet decided to trade the cold, New England weather for a home north of Tampa, Florida in 2004 and returned to Michigan in 2016.

Doris was always very strong willed and very active. Throughout her life, Doris loved to take road trips within the United States and Canada. She enjoyed playing golf with the family, especially when they lived along the first fairway of the Crystal Lake Golf Course in Beulah. She loved to view spectacular sunsets from their deck or the beach. Needlepoint projects and sewing were favorite pastimes, and Doris knitted afghans, sweaters and mittens with intricate designs.

Doris made many enduring friendships throughout her life. Her top priority, however, was always her family. She shared many special moments with daughter Janet, and is remembered for having a very uncanny spiritual sixth sense. She was well-loved by all who knew her and appreciated her kind, unassuming manner.

Doris is survived by her daughter Janet Davis, many nieces and nephews, and her special furry cat friends Chloe and Stevie. Besides her husband, she is preceded in death by her sister Marymae Tappero, and brothers Allen J., Rollin “Bud”, and Glenn T. Davis.

The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care that she received at Willow Cottage as well as through Bright Star Care and Hospice of Michigan.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. from Our Savior Lutheran Church, 6790 Frankfort Hwy, Benzonia, MI. Due to the current restrictions, the service will also be live streamed via Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City Facebook page. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, August 6, 2020


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Deanna Ward

August 6, 2020

Hello. I had the pleasure of meeting Doris at Willow Cottage at the Pavilions in Traverse City where I volunteer at Adult Day Care. Immediately I was drawn to this sweet lady. I sat with her as she would finish her lunch and talk to her a bit. She was always smiling and just was a kind soul. I always tried to make her smile or laugh. She did. I enjoyed holding her hand and patting her on the shoulder. Later she didn't come up to lunch anymore but I always gave her a hug and a smile and a wave. She didn't talk much at all but I knew she was enjoying her day and was being well taken care of. I will miss seeing Doris when I come in to volunteer but I know she is in a good place. Love an hugs to her family.
Deanna Ward