Doris T (Price) HaneyNovember 16, 1925 ~ August 31, 2017 (age 91)
Doris Thelma Price Haney passed away on August 31st, 2017 at Guardian Angel Homes in Hermiston, Oregon. She was 91 years old. She was born on November 16th, 1925 in Birmingham, England. Her parents were John Henry and Margaret Kate Price (Colley). She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank, and all her siblings (Raymond, Olive, Donald, Joan, Eric, Gwen, Alma, & Audrey). She is survived by her children: son, Paul, (Irrigon, OR), daughter, Fran Montgomery, (husband, Bobby, in Kennewick, WA), son, Kieron, (Irrigon, OR) and son, Dirk, (wife, Diana in Kelso, WA). Grandchildren: Kristopher, Michael, Austin, and twins Alison and Andrea. Great grandchildren: Konner, Arriya and Gavin.
Doris had a good childhood even though times were tough. She had to quit school at 14 when WWII broke out. She had to go to work in the war factories. She use to tell the story of the blitz. Her mom & siblings would go down to the air raid shelter every night for over a year. Her and her dad, being defiant , chose to stay in the house. She said she never knew if she would wake up in the morning. Lights were turned out so the enemy bombers couldn’t see the city.
After the war she met and married Frank. She was introduced to him by her sister, Alma, who was dating Frank’s brother, Joe. They also married. Doris & Frank’s first child, Paul, was born in 1949. The war devastated the city of Birmingham. With no housing or jobs, the two couples immigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1951. The Australian government sponsored their voyage by ship, costing them 10 British pounds per person. Jobs were abundant. They lived in hostels, tents and shipping crates along with thousands of other immigrants. Houses were being built by the immigrants themselves in a cooperative. A lottery system was used to determine in what order families would occupy the homes. Doris & Frank’s number was high and they would have to wait at least two years for their home. With Fran being the second child born in 1951, with two small kids, they felt they couldn’t wait that long. They immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand in 1955 and settled in Tokoroa, having their third child, Kieron, in 1958. Then in 1959, Doris’s aunt in Oakland, CA sponsored them after a two year wait. The journey took them 16 days by ship. Interestingly enough, the ship stopped in Hawaii the day it became the 50th state. From 1959 to 1972 they lived in Redwood City and Sunnyvale, CA. Their fourth child, Dirk, was born in Mountain View, CA in 1964. They then moved to Irrigon, OR in 1972 and Hermiston, OR in 2004. People are stunned that this amazing couple with little more than the clothes on their backs, moved not once but, three times to three different countries. Doris had told her kids, she’s had a wonderful life despite all the hardships.
Doris first and foremost, took care of her family. She worked and raised her kids sometimes on a shoestring but, they were always loved and taken care of. Her kids and husband would say she was the BEST mom and wife ever! Rest in peace, Doris, you are with Frank now.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Alzheimer/Dementia research.
At Doris’s request there is no service.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.