Doris Marie Gossard was born on November 12, 1920, in Burr Oak, Kan- sas, 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. Their son, Lawrence, was born in St. Louis, and daughter Judith was born in Portland, Oregon, during Alvin’s internship. Alvin served two years in the army, assigned to Kyoto, Japan; Doris and the children traveled by ship to join him for the second year.
Upon returning to the States, Alvin began medical practice in Central Point, Oregon, at the suggestion of Milo Ross, pastor of Medford Friends Church. Daughter Phyllis was born a few years later. Doris became involved in the 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 family traveled to Iran to serve under the Presbyterian Mission for one year. Alvin worked alongside a former medical school class- mate, Dr. Homer Rice, in the Presbyterian hospital in Hamadan while Doris homeschooled Phyllis. Larry worked in the hospital, postponing college for a year, and Judy went to boarding school in Tehran. They returned to the States by way of Asia, stopping in Japan to revisit friends and favorite sites.
Alvin passed away in 1986, and in 1989 Doris moved to Newberg. She be- came 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. An important Bible verse was 3 John 4: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” She wrote in her Bible that her goal was to see all of her children in heaven. She is survived by her children, Dr. Lawrence (Rebecca) Roberts, Judy (Dave)Woolsey, and Phyllis (Stephen) McKinney; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters Ardys Alteneder and Carol Cobleigh; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gifts in memory of Doris may be given to:
GFU Alvin and Doris Roberts Scholarship Fund George Fox University
414 N. Meridian St., Newberg, OR 98132-9982
Greenleaf Friends Academy
P.O. Box 368, Greenleaf, Idaho 83626
(Please write “Doris Roberts Memorial” on the memo line of your check.)