My mom’s obituary

I never thought I’d be writing this, but we wanted something personal, not the form letter sort of thing that so many people get. At some point, it got surreal so I could do it. Now that it’s done…. Presidents have been buried with less of an obituary. 😉 She deserves it.

And now that it’s done, I can cry.

Millville resident Doris Nash Albertson, 79, died June 29, 2008, of natural causes.

Mrs. Albertson was born September 28, 1928, in Abington, Pa, to Marion and Arthur High of Plumsted Township, Pa. The Micherner family traces their roots to 17th century America and includes the novelist, the late James Michener.

Doris graduated from Doylestown High School in 1946, and married John Gerard Nash on July 26, 1946, in Philadelphia.

She was very active in the Girl Scouts of America, being both a leader and working in the Council office for many years, since she considered it important to give girls and young women guidance. She was a member of the Evergreens retired adult scouts , and was one of the rare people to hold a lifetime Scout membership. September would have marked her 50th anniversary with the Scouts.

She had lived in Middlesex, NJ for 26 years before moving to Blackwood, NJ in 1972 where she began working for The Gloucester County Times in Woodbury, NJ. She worked with the newspaper for 18 years. She moved first to Mullica Hill and then West Deptford, NJ following the death of her husband.

She re-married to Ralph Warren Albertson of Malaga, NJ on October 4th, 1986 and moved to his family home there. The couple moved to their new home in Millville, NJ in 2005.

In retirement, Doris was very active in her church, St. Paul’s in Millville, including the church council, their activities committee, and 18 years with their annual retreat where she taught sessions. She was also a lifelong choir member having sung in her church choir since grade school.

Doris volunteered with the Food Closet, New Jersey’s Food Bank, for 10 years, and in the past two years with a children’s reading program at the Maurice River school district.  Her history of being a volunteer, she teased, started with her certification as a plane spotter in WWII.

She was a devoted wife to her husband, Ralph, and loving sister to Betty Wilson. She was also a wonderful mother to her children, Terry, Cheryl, Gerry, Patrick, Mary, Cathi, and Kerry, and a “bonus mom” to Ralph, Judy, Debbie, Jan, and Kathleen. She adored her twenty-three grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, as well as her beloved nephews and cousins.


One response to “My mom’s obituary

  1. Erin,
    Your mom sounds like she was an awesome lady. As proud as you are of her, I’m sure that she was doubly proud of you! I pray that you take solace in the fact that your mom is now resting in the arms of Jesus…….no more pain, suffering, or sadness for her now. My love and prayers will be with you during this incredibly difficult time.

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