Doriene
DORIENE E. (TASH) DECKER September 11, 1924 - August 3, 2007 Doriene was ushered into heaven by God, whom she so graciously served, on August 3, 2007. Doriene was born in Chester, Maine, in 1924. She resided in Torrance, California, from 1954 until she passed away, surrounded by her loving family. Doriene was a loving wife to Keith and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Their lives have been forever changed by the love from Doriene. Doriene was a homemaker for 50 years, and worked as a Sales Associate at Sears-Roebuck and Co. for 10 years. She received her Associate in Arts Degree from El Camino College in Technical Illustration. She was active in the South Bay Camera Club, holding positions on several boards, and competed worldwide, receiving numerous awards for her photography. Doriene will be dearly missed by all those who knew her. Her passing brings deep sorrow to her husband of 61 years, Keith M., son Keith A., step-son Victor Hewett, daughters Sandra Manship, Diane Garretty (Patrick), Stephanie Code (Ronald), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Earl Tash of Millinocket, Maine, sister Cora Carter of Port Charlotte, Florida, friend Florine Crocker of Old Town, Maine, and numerous nieces and nephews. Much thanks to Doriene's children and an extra thanks to granddaughter Doriene Hargrove, for their love and support. In celebration of Doriene's life, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2007. A private burial will be conducted at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Doriene's memory to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

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  1. Keith, Sandra, Keith Ansen, Diane and Stephanie. Terry and I are so sorry for your loss. I loved Doriene as another “mother” to me. It was wonderful growing up with her. You are all so much our family and you have our sincere condolenses. We’ll all meet again someday in Heaven. Love Becky & Terry

  2. Keith and family: We are saddened to hear of Doriene’s passing. She was a great photographer and we knew you both because of your unselfish volunteering for many years as leaders and chairmen of committees at the photo clubs. We hope that you will be comforted by your wonderful memories of your years together. Please remember your friends are thinking about you. Greg & Marsha

  3. Keith and family: We are saddened to hear of Doriene’s passing. She was a great photographer and we knew you both because of your unselfish volunteering for many years as leaders and chairmen of committees at the photo clubs. We hope that you will be comforted by your wonderful memories of your years together. Please remember your friends are thinking about you. Greg & Marsha

  4. Keith & family. I was saddened to hear of Doriene’s passing. I always liked talking with her at both the camera club & Helen’s parties. My thoughts are with you. Take care. Stevie

  5. Thank you Doriene for everything. Thank for giving me a plan for Stephanie and my first home. Thank you for giving me a place to stay when I worked double shifs at LAX. I could not have done it without your restful home to sleep between shifts and home-made meals. Thank you for your hospitality over the years, your kindness and wonderful nature. And lastly thank you for your daughter. A loving kind person if there ever was one. We’ll be joining you in the future. Your son-in-law, Ron Code

  6. We were saddened to hear of Doriene’s passing. She was very kind to us, and I know she and Keith were very hospitable to my father when he was working long hours. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tough time. Sincerely, The Martinez Family

  7. Mom,you always listened and loved us, and always opened your beautiful home and heart to us whenever we came calling from any road of life, even the weary ones. You’ve tended and mended your loved ones and their families, including Nana, dad’s mom, as my earliest memories, as you tenderly fed her meals, and more recently, dad, as he fought the ravages of a painful illness for over a year. You never waivered in your faithfulness and taught us to love others through sickness and health. You taught us what love is and forever I will be grateful for this final year you lived to teach us understanding, patience, caring, and kindness, and finally acceptance. It was difficult to say goodbye, and I am praying to join you again in our Father’s heaven. Love forever, your daughter, Stephanie Code

  8. We want to share our deep gratitude to the Kaiser Continuing Care Department, 13652 Cantara Street, Panorama City, CA 91402, whose staff provided Doriene with compassionate, pain-free care, during her final 10 days of illness; and, who provided the family with much understanding and support during this time. Donations to help with the care of others may be made to the Kaiser Hospice Donation Fund at the above address. Sincerely, The Decker Family

  9. God looked around his garden And He found an empty place. And then He looked down upon the earth, And saw your tired face. He put His arms around you, And lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain, He knew that you would never Get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting rough, And the hills were hard to climb, So He closed your weary eyelids, And whispered”Peace be thine.” It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn’t go alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. Anon I love you Grandma, Granddaughter Doriene

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