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Sterling Gazette
(Whiteside County IL)
Aug 23, 2002

Doris Moser

Sterling (Whiteside County IL)--Doris Moser, 88, passed away in her sleep the morning of Tuesday Aug. 21, 2002, at her home in Sterling following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday Aug. 26, 2002, at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Peter Wilkinson of the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.
Visitation is from 1-3 p.m. Sunday Aug. 25, 2002 at the funeral home.

A memorial has been established.

Born Doris Hornedy Chester, she was the firstborn from the marriage in Raleigh, NC of James Brownlow Chester and Minnie Minerva Jordan, which was the second marriage for both. Doris was born March 27, 1914 in Goldsboro NC. Doris' father was a bridge construction supervisor, and Doris lived in 25 states before she graduated from 8th Grade. She graduated from high school in Beloit WI in 1932.

Her family was living in Beloit in the late 30's when she met and married Theodore Orville Moore of Oneco IL. They married in Beloit WI on April 3, 1937. Their first son, Jerry Donald, was born in 1938 in Rock Island IL, where Theodore was working at John Deere Tractor Co., and Doris was working at Strombeck-Becker Toy Co. in Moline. Their second son, Roger Norman, was born in 1941 in Beloit WI, where Theodore was working as a tool-and-die maker for Fairbanks Morse Co. He was one of the small crew that assembled the first FM "Trainmaster" diesel locomotive. The family moved from Beloit WI to Dixon IL in late 1945, and Theodore became manager of an appliance store branch owned by his brother, Harold. Their third son, Philip Brian, was born in 1947 in Dixon.

Doris worked at the Sterling Public Library for a number of years. She also worked at Sears in Sterling, until she was laid off only couple of months before her scheduled retirement.

Doris had older half-siblings, Mary and John Womble, who died 1923 and 1984. She also had older half-siblings James, William and Hannah Chester, who died 1922, 1945 and 1956 in Indiana. Her younger brother, Charles Gaines Chester, died April 29, 1988 in Lake Forest IL, and her youngest brother, Warren Grant Chester, lives in Arvada CO. Her first husband, Theodore, father of her three children, passed away in Sterling on June 23, 1971 at the age of 61. Doris' second marriage was to Paul Moser, who died in 1990 in Sterling.

Doris is survived by her three sons, Jerry (and wife, Birgitta), of San Rafael CA, Roger of Sterling IL and Philip of Dixon, and also by her granddaughter, Jennifer Moore of Ladd IL and grandson, Niles Moore, of San Rafael CA and a student at Arizona State University in Tempe AZ, and many nieces and nephews. Her stepson, John Moser, lives in Sterling with his son, John Jr.

Doris enjoyed artistic pursuits and made many crafts projects over the years. She was particularly fond of the oil-tinting she did for friends on their black and white photographs, and she loved playing the organ. She was famous for her coffee cakes, had absolutely beautiful handwriting, was an avid reader, loved crossword puzzles and enjoyed traveling. She was proud that, two weeks before she gave birth to her first son, she was able to stand on a 6" high step and touch her hands flat to the floor without bending her knees. She also could touch her thumbs to her wrists, and each of her hands could span 13 keys on a piano.

Her home and her family were her first priority. She gardened, canned, sewed, embroidered and crocheted. She found time to be a supporter and caregiver to many friends. She was honest and she was loyal. She was a member of the first Presbyterian Church in Sterling, and the Moose Lodge in Sterling, where she loved to dance; and she is on record as being the president of Happy Motors in Dixon. She was loved, treasured and respected, and she will be sorely missed by her family and her many friends. She had a lovely singing voice and it is certain she will soon be joining the angels' choir.

Doris died of complications brought on by age, Alzheimer's Disease and a recently broken hip.

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