With family at her side our mom, Orda L. Doty, 92, had one of her daily prayers answered the morning of Tuesday, August 24, 2021 as she peacefully bid farewell to this world and went home to be with her Lord and Savior. While her departure brings her unspeakable joy, our hearts are broken. Our grief is softened by the thought of the reunion she is having with our Dad, our brother and other cherished family that she loved and had been missing so very much. We grieve with the hope of a reunion of our own.
Mom was born on October 23, 1928 to Earl D. and Carrie B. (Tull) Walden. She grew up on a farm outside of Shelbyville, IL and she actually did walk several miles to school in the snow and maybe even uphill. But she loved school and learning so much that even before she was old enough to officially attend she was allowed to occasionally tag along with her siblings and spend the day in the one room classroom. Sometimes carrying coal in for the stove for that privilege.
She was a member of The Greatest Generation, and as a young woman she first worked at a cheese factory and then later at the Sta-Rite hairpin factory, both in Shelbyville. During her time at the Sta-Rite factory the employees received an Army-Navy E award for excellence in 1943 and 1944 for their contribution to the war effort. But more importantly it was at the Sta-Rite factory that she met and became friends with Lois (Doty) who asked her to write letters to two of her brothers fighting in the war, one of them being Harold, the man she would eventually marry and raise a family with. They were married on January 6, 1947 in Shelbyville, IL. He passed away on February 4, 2018.
Mom loved reading, flowers and watching the birds at her feeders especially hummingbirds and cardinals. She was a wonderful cook and baker; a few of her family favorites she made were fried chicken, meatloaf, grape jelly, snicker doodles and apple pie. Her family wasn’t the only ones who enjoyed her apple pie and believed it was the best; at a benefit for Monte a friend had the winning bid for her apple pie at $200.
She loved to sing and had a beautiful alto voice and in her teen years she and her sister Betty with a beautiful soprano voice, harmonized and sang hymns and other popular songs of the day at churches, fairs and other social gatherings in their area. Growing up her children heard her beautiful voice singing songs as she went about her day. Some of the songs she sang were when they first heard about Jesus and also the first time they heard the magical sound of yodeling as she sang “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart.”
Mom was a faithful member of her church where she had been an active member of their Women’s Club, sang in the choir until the age of 88, and was always more than happy to contribute to VBS snacks, backpacks for Riverview Grade School, and Christmas presents for children at Chaddock.
She was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, enjoyed watching them on TV and going to the ballpark, especially Opening Day. She was also a fan of the Fighting Illini - football and basketball and any team her family played on.
Like Dad we know that Mom took the greatest joy and pride in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was just as excited about the most recent great-grandchild born this past December, and the ones expected later this year, as she was the first grandchild born in 1971. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities, whether that was a sporting event, concert or a play.
Through her we have learned the value of hard work and what it means to persevere through challenges, pain, weariness and heartbreak. She gave us the gift of unconditional love, music, laughter, selflessness, the ability to say ‘it will be better tomorrow” or ‘oh well” if things don’t go as we thought they might. She gave us the gift of a faith that looks to the Lord for help, knowing that is what gave her strength in the most challenging times of her life.
It somehow seems appropriate to our family that on the evening of her arrival in Glory we were treated to the vision of a double rainbow - a promise made, is a promise kept. We are forever grateful that God chose us to be her family. We will forever miss her and think of her until we at last see what she is now seeing.
Surviving are her children, son Douglas (Carla) Doty of Metamora, son Stanley Doty of East Peoria, daughter-in-law Donna (the late Monte) Doty, daughter Dianna (Douglas) Delinski of Metamora, son Rickie C. (Lisa) Doty of Metamora, daughter April (Steve) Nauman of Germantown Hills, son Dorwin (Angela) Doty of Washington, and son Brian (Karen) Doty of East Peoria; forty-one grandchildren; seventy-three great-grandchildren; and a plethora of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Harold “Monte” Doty, daughter-in-law Shelley (LeBaube) Doty, grandson-in-law Shawn Sarver, and two infant great-grandsons Jeffrey Doty and Gage Maurice.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 30, 2021 at RiversEdge United Methodist Church with Reverend Binu Peniel officiating. Per Orda’s wishes, no visitation will be held. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to RiversEdge United Methodist Church, 500 North Chicago Street, Spring Bay, IL 61611. Online condolences at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.
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