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Doris Gossard Roberts

Doris Marie Gossard was born November 12, 1920 in Burr Oak, Kansas to Cecil and Tressie Gossard at their home. The drought and dust storms of the 1930s led the family to move to Greenleaf, Idaho, where Doris attended Greenleaf Friends Academy and graduated at the top of her class in 1938. She completed the Normal School program at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho and briefly taught middle grades in Greenleaf.

Doris met Alvin Roberts at church in Greenleaf and they were married there on December 28, 1942. They moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he attended medical school. After medical school Dr. Roberts served two years in the Army assigned to Kyoto, Japan, and Doris and their two young children traveled by ship to join him for the second year.

Upon returning to the States, Dr. Roberts began medical practice in Central Point, Oregon in 1948. Doris was a member of Medford Friends Church, serving for many years as Sunday school teacher and Christian education director, and singing in the choir. She was also active in PTA and the medical auxiliary.

In 1962 the Roberts traveled to Iran to serve under the Presbyterian Mission for one year. Dr. Roberts worked alongside a former medical school classmate, Dr. Homer Rice, in the Presbyterian hospital in Hamadan, while Doris homeschooled their daughter, Phyllis. They returned to the States by way of Asia, stopping in Japan to revisit friends and favorite sites.

Dr. Roberts passed away in 1986, and in 1989 Doris moved to Newberg, Oregon. She became a member of Newberg Friends Church and the George Fox University Auxiliary and enjoyed reconnecting with friends from her youth and Quaker roots, and her extended family.

Doris was devoted to God and her family. She is survived by her children, Dr. Lawrence Roberts, of Woodland, Washington, Judy Woolsey and Phyllis McKinney, both of Newberg, Oregon; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ardys Alteneder and Carol Cobleigh.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Newberg Friends Church. Memorial gifts may be made to Greenleaf Friends Academy or George Fox University for the Alvin and Doris Roberts Memorial Scholarship.