November 19, 1922 - February 16, 2017
Daisy Doris DeBerry Cain, formerly of Medford, Oregon and, since 1980, of Spring Hill, Florida, passed away quietly February 11, 2017 at the Suncoast Hospice Center, Palm Harbor, Florida from complications of a severe stroke.
Born November 19, 1922 in Becker Township, Minnesota, she graduated from Detroit Lakes Minnesota High School in 1940. Shortly afterward, she and her whole family accepted a War Department job offer and moved to Oakland, California to work in the shipyards as World War II was on the horizon. In November 1943, Daisy enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent two-and-a-half years working as a secretary at Henderson Hall, Washington, D.C., headquarters of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Daisy was married in 1945, upon her release from the Marine Corps, to James D. Cain, former Navy Senior Chief and they moved to Oakland, California. Over the next two years, they saw the birth of a son, James D. Cain Jr. and a daughter, Barbara Jean Cain.
In 1950, the family moved to Portland, Ore. and both Daisy and Jim earned technical business degrees from the Portland Business School using the G.I. Bill. Moving back to Medford, Ore., Daisy was the ever-supportive mother and wife, and would work as a professional legal secretary for the law firm of Harbison and Piazza.
Deciding in the early 1970s that she wanted to do something different, Daisy became a medical secretary and worked for nearly 15 years at the Veterans Administration domiciliary in White City, Ore.
In 1980, as a result of serious World War II-related health problems, Jim was forced to leave Oregon for a healthier climate and both Jim and Daisy decided to settle in Spring Hill with forays to Jonesboro, Arkansas and Mission, Texas. Jim pursued several business opportunities; Daisy continued her favorite pastime gardening, raising some beautiful flowers, and participating in garden clubs wherever she lived.
Daisy was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and a sister; and in 2006, by her husband of 61 years.
Daisy is survived by her son, James D. Cain Jr. (and Joyce) of West Jefferson, North Carolina and her daughter, Barbara Lanchester (and Nelson) of Port Orchard, Washington; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and dozens of nieces and nephews scattered across America.
Daisy was a proud member of the White Earth Nation, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Ojibway, and the Marine Corps League. Semper Fi, Mom.
A gathering will be held Friday, February 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 280 Mariner Boulevard with a Memorial Service beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Brewer Chapel. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Brewerfuneral.com