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Doris Foley
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Doris L. (Gordon) Foley passed away peacefully on February 15th at Ygnacio Valley Care Center in Walnut Creek, where she had been a resident for 6 years. She was one day shy of her 91st birthday. Doris was born in Oakland, California and was the daughter of John and Carrie (Schmidt) Gordon and the sister of John Gordon (deceased), and Jean (Harris) of Fairfield. After attending Fremont High School in Oakland, she went on to graduate from San Francisco State College and the University of California at Berkeley with degrees in Elementary Education. Doris chose to work in the city where she grew up and taught first and second grade for over 25 years in the Oakland Public School District. Her love for her students was well known and she was always looking for new ways to reach out to each one of them. It gave her great pleasure helping them learn to read and write for the first time. Along with her family, Doris was an active member of the High Street Presbyterian Church in Oakland. She loved animals and had many dogs throughout her life that gave her joy and companionship. Doris met her future husband, John Foley (divorced) at a USO event. With the help of her loving mother, Carrie, Doris raised her two sons in their house on Tyrell Street in Oakland. Curt and Mark fondly remember their mom driving them to events, helping with Cub Scout meetings and taking family trips. She loved all of her family deeply and was especially proud of her two sons. They also became elementary school teachers and with their successful careers combined, Doris, Curt and Mark served the field of education for almost 100 years.

Doris is survived by her two sons; Curtis John Foley (Stephanie) of Walnut Creek and Mark Timothy Foley (Linda) of Acton, MA and her 5 grand-children, Katherine Melissa (Panther), Megan Michelle (Loera), Kristen Danielle Foley, Timothy Gordon Foley, and Kayla Rose Foley. Doris had 5 great-grandchildren, Carson Foley Panther, Colby James Panther, Emmie Jewell Panther, Elle Sienna Loera, and Kellen Luke Loera, and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland on Sunday, March 11th at 11:30 am. Following the service, family and friends are invited to a reception at Curt and Stephanie Foley’s home.

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Celebration of Life




11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland)

4499 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611


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