Doris Jean Ashwell Peterson
August 8, 1926 – July 9, 2020
Doris J. Ashwell Peterson went to be with the Lord peacefully with her family by her side; July 9th 2020. Doris was 93 yrs. old and is preceded by husband Col. Charles H. “Pete” Peterson, her parents Delman & Esther Copeland, and sisters Patricia DeMott & Eileen Wild.
Doris and her family moved to Orlando in 1957, one of the first seven families with Glenn H. Martin, now Lockheed Martin where Jim Ashwell was an engineer.
Doris was a pioneer in the Local Radio & Television market known as Doris Ashwell. She had a 1 hour talk show on WKIS Radio daily and a 10 minute daily TV show on WFTV, Channel 9. She was Mrs. Baltimore 1952 & Mrs. Orlando 1960. Doris was a model, fashion coordinator, Wendy Wand Charm School Director, Girl Scout Leader, Den mother for son's Cub Scouts, Blankner Elementary School PTA President, Charter member of Business & Professional Women, Manlando Club, Pink Lady at Holiday Hospital, Beta Sigma Phi, Jn. & Sr. Sonosis, Womens Comm. of Florida Symphony, Council 101, Board Member of Goodwill Industries, Friends of the Library, Retired Senior Volunteers, returned Officers Wifes Club. & active & Board Member of Christ Church Unity. She was an excellent mother, grandmother and a great grandmother, family always came first.
At 86 yrs. she started Line Dancing and we are sure she dances her way into heaven.
For the last 25+ years, Doris has served as a Notary Public performing weddings for couples all over the world being employed with Virgin Holidays, Crownline, Thomas & Grantham Winter Park Wedding Chapel, R7W events and Walt Disney.
Doris is survived by sons David Ashwell & wife Carol of Melbourne Beach, Florida, John Ashwell Lakeland, Florida, & daughter Susan Munn Florida and Stepson Eric Peterson and wife Pam of Weirsdale, Florida. She has 8 grandchildren & 8 great grandchildren.
A ”Celebration of Life” will be held at a later date at Christ Church Unity, 771 Holden Ave. Orlando, Fl (407)852-3940, officiated by Rev. Alice Anderson, Please go to BaldwinFairchildIvanhoe.com for more information. In lieu of flowers we request donations be made to Second Harvest Food Bank, 441 Mercy Drive, Orlando Fl. 32804 or Salvation Army, 3955 West Colonial Dr, Orlando Fl. 32801
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in the days to come!
Doris Jean Ashwell Peterson
July 19, 2020
Doris from my first time meeting her was my friend for life. Her loyalty to her friends was an example for all to follow. I will miss her sorely.
July 19, 2020
My heart is broken for your loss, and for our loss. Doris was my godmother and all the Logvin sisters loved her dearly. What a wonderful woman she was! A pioneer in her business, and an example of living life to the fullest, always a cheerful spirit, surviving life's ups and downs, a real joy to know. I will miss her adorable person. Our prayers for comfort and peace are with you all. She was a blessing to have in our lives. All our parents were amazing people! With love. ❤
Jalinda Noble Coudriet
July 19, 2020
Suzie, this morning my sister Bonnie shared from the Orlando Sentinel that your mom had passed away. My deepest condolences to you , your brothers and entire family.
Thru the years, as I lost contact with you, I was able to contact your your mom , from time to time to catch up on you and the family. She was always such a joy to talk to...always positive, regardless of life's twists and turns.
I remember, spending time at your home in Dover Shores and getting into her make up and clothes and playing dress up for hours...and making elaborate Barbie Doll houses that took up most of your entire bedroom! We were inseparable most days.
Being best friends with you truly made my childhood, as did experiencing a different lifestyle than I had at home, which was a stay at home mom. With all the wonderful memories that I have of my mom growing up, I think that it seeing another lifestyle, that of a working mom, definitely had an impression on me and that as a woman, we could have both...we have a choice. That we all have a calling and to honor our own unique path.
Your mom, truly was a pioneer for the working woman and volunteerism everywhere specially in Orlando. She was truly one of a kind and blazed the way ...and did it her way.
July 17, 2020
I have enjoyed Doris’s friendship for over 20 years. Knowing her through her work in weddings and then simply being the best of friends. We talked or emailed every week, she has been my rock. My life has been enriched by her presence in it.
Judy & Larry Robson
July 16, 2020
We did not have the opportunity to visit with Doris in person. We felt as if we knew her because Dave & Carol shared memories with us. She leaves a loving legacy.
Love and prayers to all the family.
July 15, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss, Doris was truly a very special lady, and a very dear friend. I feel privileged that she was part of my life for the last 30 years. She offered support when I needed it, and a reality check when it was called for, always delivered with love… unconditional love.
Doris was such a positive force in my life, kind, caring and compassionate. She gave us all something to aspire to every day. I will miss her deeply.
July 14, 2020
I want to express my condolences to you all.
I was blessed to work with Doris for years and she took me under her wing along with the rest of our close knit wedding team. She showered us with love, humor, wisdom, and acceptance.
After I left the wedding world, we stayed in touch and exchanged emails, cards, and visits. Doris was always there for me. Always without question.
I cannot fathom this world without her in it. There will never be another human like her - she’s one of a kind. There are just so many examples and special memories. I will always aspire to attain her beautiful mix of grace and positivity with practical reality and hard work.
I can certainly envision her in heaven dancing with Pete. I believe the beauty she brought to everyone she loved lives on and makes this world a better place in small and large ways.
She forever changed all she loved. Thank you for sharing her with us. We were all blessed to know and love her.
I will miss her every day.