Doris Burks died on October 19, 2017 in Fort Myers, Florida at the age of 92.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925 and grew up in Cuyahoga Falls. Doris graduated from Miami University in Ohio and then worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. In 1950 she married Bill Burks, the love of her life. For sixty-seven years they had fun together, living in Akron, Ohio, Rochester, New York, and Sanibel, Florida.

In Rochester, Doris joined Bill on ski trips and was his second mate on their sailboat Sea Oats. She loved traveling, playing bridge, and going to the theatre. She served on the Salvation Army Women’s Board, was a deacon at Third Presbyterian Church, and was a president of the Women’s Association of the Rochester Yacht Club.

In Sanibel, Doris was an avid tennis player and made many great friends with whom she formed a spirited book club. She also volunteered at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.

Later in life, Doris used her determination, strength, and humor to fight Parkinson’s disease. She never complained and she laughed often. We are very grateful for the friendship and care shown by LaVonne, Jean, and Hope Visiting Nurses. Doris was a devoted and beloved wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband Bill, her three children Robin (David), Sanibel; Steve (Heidi), Grand Isle, VT; and Alyson, Scituate, MA; as well as her two granddaughters, Caitlin, NYC and Kara, Philadelphia, PA. We will all miss her sparkling blue eyes, loving smile, and infectious laugh.

A Memorial Service for Doris will be held at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ on October 25 at 2:00 PM. The family has entrusted the care of their loved one to the National Cremation and Burial Society.