MENDOTA – Doris Ethelyn Latimer, 87, of Stonecroft Retirement Community Village in Mendota, formerly of rural Earlville, passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
She was born June 26, 1926, in Horton, Kan., the daughter of Ernest and Bernice (Hoffman) Cornell. Doris attended Phillips University in Enid, Okla. for 2 years. She married William Thomas Latimer on Aug. 21, 1949, at Grandview Christian Church in Kansas City, Kan.
Doris served the Presbyterian Church in various roles for more than 60 years. In 1953, she was ordained as one of the first female elders of the Presbyterian Church. She was installed as the 21st moderator of the Presbytery of Blackhawk in January 1992. Doris served on numerous Presbytery committees and was a board member of National United Presbyterian Women. Doris was a commissioner to the General Assembly, commissioner from Blackhawk Presbytery to Synod, member of the reorganization committee that guided United Presbyterian Women into Blackhawk Presbytery, member of the national executive committee, and chair of the manual committee.
Doris wrote, typed and assembled new guidelines for Presbyterian Women, and distributed more than 20,000 manuals to churches throughout the U.S. She served on the Women’s Opportunity Giving Fund Committee and assisted in deciding where to allocate funds to health ministries and new church missions.
Doris continued to be an active congregation and session member of First Presbyterian Church in Paw Paw before her death. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Doris was a proud farmer’s wife and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Doris is survived by her husband, William of Mendota; four daughters, Carol Marie (Richard) Wax of Fairfax Station, Va., Susan Jane (Albert) White of Nashville, N.C., Sandra Jean Latimer of Chicago, and Nancy Anne (Gary) Chemelewski of Colleyville, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Katharine (Raymond) Sherman, David (Ann) Wax, Andrew (Leah) Wax, Jason (Kristine) Phillippe, Steven (Jennifer) Phillippe, Kevin Phillippe, Adam (Raquel) Labotka, Matthew Labotka and Lori Labotka, and William (Katharine) Chemelewski and Robert Chemelewski; one step-grandchild, Chris White; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Emma Christine (Vernon) Green of Olathe, Kan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Juanita Grace Connelly; and one brother, Ernest Eugene Cornell.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday and the memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Paw Paw Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Anne Hoflen officiating. The family welcomes everyone to a luncheon after the service at Paw Paw Community Building. Graveside service will follow at Precinct Cemetery in Earlville. Hanley-Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Ottawa is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Paw Paw Presbyterian Church, Neighbors In Christ Ecumenical (N.I.C.E.) or The Red Cross.
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