Doris Merlyn (Beck) Williams

February 2, 1936 ~ June 25, 2019 (age 83)


Doris Merlyn Beck Williams, much loved wife, mother & Nana, left this earth on Tuesday, June 25 to join those who loved her & were waiting for her in Heaven. She had a short battle with lung cancer, ending the battle when she passed away peacefully at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury.

Born February 2, 1936 in Lexington, NC, Doris was the daughter of the late Ada & Hoyle Beck & the granddaughter of the late Clayton & Rosa Beck & the late Charlotte Jacobs. She was also preceded in death by her oldest son, John.

Doris retired from Grinnell Fire Protection in Cleveland, NC in 1991 after 19 ½ years. After retirement, she and husband John did much traveling all over the United States & enjoyed times spent with their children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren, as well as time spent with many wonderful friends. Doris had many happy years & made many wonderful memories with their poodle Muffin. She enjoyed crocheting, plastic canvas crafts & creating beautiful beaded Christmas ornaments. Doris was a wonderful southern cook, saying that it was a great pleasure seeing food the she prepared being enjoyed.

Doris is survived by her husband of 65 years, John, son Doug, daughter Chris (Darrell), granddaughters Angela Williams, Shannon Casper, Brittany Hughes (Christian) & Abbey Williams, great-grandchildren Darren Williams, Marissa Williams, Bella Gardner (Nana’s Precious Baby Girl), Daisy Bowman & Isaiah Hughes.

Visitation will be at The Chapel in the Pines at Rowan Memorial Park on Saturday, June 29 from 1:00-2:00 PM with the funeral following at 2:00 PM. Burial will be at Rowan Memorial Park. Rev. Franklin Myers and Rev. Steven Burrow will be delivering the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Doris to the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144, American Heart Association, P.O. Box 744806, Atlanta, GA 30374-4806, American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.


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June 29, 2019

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Rowan Memorial Park Chapel in the Pines
4125 Franklin Community Center Road
Salisbury, NC 28144

Funeral Service
June 29, 2019

2:00 PM
Rowan Memorial Park Chapel in the Pines
4125 Franklin Community Center Road
Salisbury, NC 28144


Rowan Memorial Park
4125 Franklin Community Center Road
Salisbury, NC 28144


American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

American Diabetes Association
P.O. Box 15829, Arlington VA 22215

Novant Health Hospice
1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury NC 28144
Tel: 1-704-210-7900

American Heart Association
P.O. Box 744806, Atlanta GA 30374-4806

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