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Doris H. Gale

GALESBURG-Doris H. Gale, 94, Galesburg, formerly of Dahinda, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at 2:35 p.m. at Hawthorne Inn in Galesburg.

She was born May 10,1914, (the first official Mother’s Day) in Dahinda, the daughter of Alvin E. and Helen (Nelson) Sargeant. She married Max E. Gale Sept. 21, 1934, in Auburn, Ind., while attending the 50th anniversary of Max’s grandparents. He preceded her in death July 24, 1981.

She is survived by two sons, Bradley (Sandy) Gale, Friendswood, Texas, and Brent (Kim) Gale, West Linn, Ore.; one daughter, Brenda (David) Bliss, rural Maquon; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including Jean Burgin, Dahinda, and Ann Hulin, Williamsfield; great-nieces, Patty Burgin, Dahinda, and Becky Burgin, Dahinda, who assisted with her care during the latter part of her life; and a sister-in-law, Betty Gale, Williamsfield

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Royce Sargeant, and many friends from the Dahinda area.

Doris lived most of her life in the Dahinda area and attended Dahinda Grade School. When it came time for high school, she chose to attend Galesburg High School and would travel to Galesburg aboard the “Doodlebug’’ train on Monday morning and board with various people during the week and return to Dahinda by train on Friday afternoon. She graduated from Galesburg High School in 1933.

Doris was very active in community and county organizations. She was the oldest member of the Dahinda United Methodist Church where she served on the church board and the Women’s Church committee for many years. She was well known for her homemade chicken and noodles and fruit pies which were served at many church functions and suppers.

For forty years she touched the lives of many of the youth of Dahinda area as their 4-H leader. Doris volunteered at the Red Cross Blood Mobile in the Galesburg area. She helped organize the Knox County Scenic Drive and served on the County Committee for many years. She was a 70-year plus member of the Knox County Home Bureau, later known as the Knox County Homemaker’s Extension and now known as Knox County Homemaker Education Association and a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau.

Doris enjoyed sewing and gardening both vegetable and flower gardening and offered produce from both gardens to many people in the community.

In the year 2000, due to declining health, Doris moved to Seminary Estates in Galesburg and later moved to Hawthorne Inn.

Services were held Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Dahinda United Methodist Church with the Rev. Randy Douglass officiating.

Burial was in Williamsfield Cemetery in Williamsfield.

Memorials may be made to the Dahinda United Methodist Church.

Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville was in charge of arrangements.

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