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Doris Mae Castor


Jan. 7, 1933 – Dec. 12, 2017

A memorial service for Doris Mae Castor, 84, of Coos Bay, was held at 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18, at Coos Bay Chapel, 685 Anderson Ave., in Coos Bay, with pastor Don Berney, of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, officiating. Private inurnment will be held at a later date at Tipton-Pixley Cemetery in Tipton, Calif.

Doris was born Jan. 7, 1933, in Tulare, Calif., to John Floyd Smith and Natha Mae (Wilkerson) Smith. She passed away Dec. 12, 2017, in Coos Bay.

Doris grew up in Pixley, Calif. If you blink while driving past it on the 99 freeway, you just might miss it. It was the kind of town where everyone knew everyone. Kids were safe to roam the neighborhood, playing and having fun. One of Doris' fondest childhood memories was playing outside with friends, being pulled around in a little wagon. One friend in particular, a boy named Rebert, left quite an impression on Doris. He pulled her up and down the streets outside his family store. Years went by and that friendship formed into much more. They grew up, got married and had four boys whom they raised in that small town. They were married 61 years, until Rebert passed away in 2011.

Doris had a knack for baking. If someone gave her lemons she quickly turned them into lemon meringue pie. Her meringue making skills were impeccable. But it wasn't her lemon pies that she was famous for. She made the best chocolate cream pies, beautifully detailed pies. Down to the tasty and visually appealing graded Hershey bar garnishing the top. In addition to her baking skills, Doris was a master pickler. Her beets, pickles and peppers were a delicious culinary art form. One that would literally tickle your taste buds. She was best known for her sweet and hot peppers. Her recipes were unique and she kept them heavily guarded.

Doris was a very hardworking woman who worked her entire life, not always out of necessity. She spoke of jobs being a way to keep her occupied. Even after retiring and moving to Coos Bay in 1997, she couldn't just sit idle. She decided she needed excitement in her life so she got a job at The Mill Casino. She worked at the casino up until she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was stubborn but strong. Her cancer was only a momentary setback; one she fought several times. In the end, it was not what took her life. She was 84 and other ailments had started creeping up.

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Doris is survived by her sons, Michael F. Castor of Coos Bay and Mark B. Castor of Coos Bay; brother, Floyd Smith of Coos Bay; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 great great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Rebert, she was preceded in death by her sons, Ronald N. Castor and Craig S. Castor.

Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

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