Doris South

Obituary of Doris Jeanette (Roth) South

Doris was born November 15, 1934 in Portland, Oregon to Uriah and Mabel Roth. She was the first and oldest of three children. The family moved to the Molalla area, where they attended Zion Mennonite Church. She attended Yoder Grade School, her high school years included, Molalla High School, Hesston High School, in Kansas, and then graduated from Western Mennonite School, in Salem, in 1952.


After graduating from high school Doris worked as a bookkeeper at Kropf Lumber. Her next job was at the Albany Mennonite Home, where she became interested in nursing. She then got her Practical Nursing degree from Salem Technical Vocational School in 1962. Doris began working as a nurse at Salem Hospital where she retired in 1998. 


She married Marvin South in 1990. They were married for 16 years. He preceded her in death.


Besides being a caring nurse, Doris loved to cook. She would often do catering for family, friends, and co-workers. Some of the families greatest memories are when she made her famous chili and clam chowder for the yearly family beach trips. Doris loved music, she played the piano, and would often break out in a song. She loved to travel with many friends, the Oregon coast being one of her favorite spots. 


She had a generous heart and a great sense of humor. Well known for her unmistakable laugh. Doris never had sisters, but loved and cherished her sister-in-laws as if they were. Not having any children of her own, she had special relationships with her nieces, nephews and others.


Her deep faith Jesus, which was evident to those around her, carried her through  difficult times in her life. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.


She is preceded in death by parents: Uriah and Mabel Roth, husband: Marvin South, sister-in-laws: Berdella Roth, Myrna Roth, nephew: Eddie Willig


She is survived by, brothers: Don (Bonnie) Roth, Ken (Kaye) Roth, “honorary daughter”: Lisa (Tom) Miller, nieces: Lanette Willig, Sheryl (Gerald) Mast, Karlene (Kory) MacGregor, Melissa King, nephews: Michael (Sarah) Roth, and Jerry (Wendy) Roth. Also many great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. 


Memorial service will be held:

Saturday, June 17th at 11:00am

Mid-Valley Community Church

591 Gatch Street

Woodburn, Oregon 97071


Memorial gifts can be made to:

Mid-Valley Community Church 

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Memorial Service

11:00 am
Saturday, June 17, 2023
Mid-Valley Community Church
591 Gatch Street
Woodburn, Oregon, United States
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