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Doris Eames

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Doris Evelee Eames, age 84 of Goldendale, WA graduated from this life and joined her Savior on October 5, 2012. She passed away in her home surrounded by family.

Doris was born in Kirksville, MO to Kenneth and Edith Rowe on January 18, 1928. Her brother joined the happy family five years later. On Christmas Eve, 1939, Doris’ parents were killed driving in a snowstorm to join their children already with relatives for Christmas. Doris and Dale were sent to live on a farm with an older aunt and uncle whose children were grown. This was a huge change from the loving, warm, happy family life of her first ten years. When she reached high school she moved each year and lived with a different family in order to get the classes needed to graduate. Her senior year landed her in Duluth, Minnesota. It was there she met a sailor home on leave from the war.

On July 2, 1946, Doris and that former sailor, Raymond “Wayne” Eames, were married in Duluth MN. Their first home was in St. Paul, MN as they both studied at St. Paul Bible Institute, preparing for a joint calling as overseas missionaries. Her first two children, Michael and Rebecca, were born in St. Paul. After Doris and Wayne graduated they ministered in a logging town near La Grande, OR. Patricia (Trish) joined the family during that time. After 3 years in OR, their plans to become missionaries to the Philippines were realized and off they went across the Pacific Ocean.

In addition to caring for her family and extending hospitality to everyone she met, Doris was an active partner in ministry in the Rice Terraces of Northern Luzon, including serving as bookkeeper at the mission hospital.

In 1961 there occurred what could have been a defining event in Doris’ life, but she did not allow it to be. While in California preparing to sail back to the Philippines for a 2nd term as missionaries, Doris experienced a mysterious illness. She improved and the family continued their journey 3 months later. It was not until many years later that the pain and weakness Doris lived with was determined to be Multiple Sclerosis. She refused to let it define or limit her. She continued her ministry and had three more children. Colleen, Dan, and Dennis joined the family during their time in the Philippines.

In 1970, at the height of anti American sentiment in the Philippines, it was felt the family was not safe in the remote area of northern Luzon where they worked. They did not feel the calling to serve the Lord in a large metropolitan area like Manila and Doris’ health was failing so they headed back to the US for better medical care and a time of reflection and prayed for direction.

The answer came in a request to serve a temporary assignment with SEND International, as pastors of a small community chapel in rural Alaska. Doris was often heard saying it was “out of the frying pan and into the freezer.” Doris and Wayne remained in the Arctic until 2009. After retiring from SEND in 1992, they accepted several short term assignments with CADENCE Int’l in Japan, Germany and various US locations, serving as hosts in hospitality centers for service members. Doris was in her element, baking cinnamon rolls and cookies for the young men and women who were far from home. Due to failing health she and Wayne sold their home of 30 years and moved to Goldendale to live with their oldest daughter. For the next three years Rebecca was Doris’ constant close friend and medical advocate.

Doris is survived by her husband, Wayne, and their six children and spouses: Michael Dale & Kathleen Joy Eames of Carlton MN; Rebecca Lynn Eames and Mark Kevin Harris of Goldendale, WA; Patricia Ann and Victor Jerome Lacey of Chico, CA; Colleen Joy Peters of Gold Bar, WA; Daniel Bruce and Germaine Yvonne Eames of Anchorage, AK, and Dennis Ray and Kimberly Kingston Eames of Fairbanks, AK. She is also survived by grandchildren: Kane Anderson, Karen Silcott, Jessica Fulcher Julie Pederson, Eric Beers, Sarah Beers-Eames, Nick Eames, Scott Lacey, Robin Lacey, Svetlana Eames, Conner Harris, Michelle Eames, Isaac Eames, Kyle Eames, Rachelle Eames, and Leilani Eames.

In addition, Doris is survived by great grandchildren, her dear brother Dale Rowe and his wife Louise of Grand Junction, CO; nephew David Rowe of Denver, CO; and niece Cindy Streit of Clarksdale, AZ.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Gayla Lynn Anderson, and nephews Kenneth and Daniel Rowe.

A memorial service was held in Goldendale, WA at Grace Brethren Church on October 8, 2012.

 

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