Doris Aleen Peters, "D.P.", 83, of Redondo Beach, California, died of natural causes in her home on April 19. Doris, a successful businesswoman and much loved wife, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother was born on August 1, 1928 to William and Nova Mercer in Hobart, Oklahoma.She was the oldest of eight children and was adored by her three sisters and four brothers. She and her family moved to California in 1941. In 1947 Doris married Paul Bashaw Sr. and together they had three children. In 1963 she married Captain Roy James Peters and the two of them moved to Redondo Beach and built a family-business and life together. Doris and Roy Peters were passionate companions and they are both waterfront legends in Southern California Sport Fishing. Together they owned and operated the sport fishing vessel, "The City of Redondo" from 1976 to 2010. Captain Rick Oefinger of Marina Del Rey Sport Fishing wrote of "D.P." upon hearing of her death: "Doris Peters, chief galley girl and wife of Roy Peters … known to tens of thousands of fishermen, feared by dozens of pinheads, deckhands, and future captains, was a legend in her own time and her passing sadly brings to a close another piece of Southern California Sport Fishing history." Doris was a devoted wife, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Roy James Peters; three children: Christine Bashaw-Coleman, Debra Bashaw-Pelsma, and Paul Bashaw Jr.; three step-children: Debby Peters-Nolette, Jeannie Peters-Pesner (Barry Pesner), and Jimmy Ray Peters; her sister Linda Cornelson and her brother Richard Mercer; five grandchildren: Richard Jesswein (Jennifer Jesswein), Erin Jesswein (Valerie Jesswein), Lisa Bashaw, Matthew Bashaw, and Jared Coleman; and five great-grandchildren: Cody Jesswein, Nova Jesswein, Tyler Jesswein, Zane Jesswein, and Jaymirae Coleman. A public viewing will be held on Friday, April 27 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Rice Chapel and Mortuary (5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503) followed by a Memorial Service at 3:30 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in memory of D.P.

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  1. My deepest condolences. Being part of the “CITY” was some of the best memories a person can have.Doris you help shape alot of peoples lives and made them who they are today. God Bless and rest in peace. JIM Slivkoff

  2. there has been so many memories of my dad bringing me down to redondo sportfishing to visit all his old friends and especially doris. she knew me since I was in diapers and when my dad first got his captains license. its been years since ive last seen her and I wish I could have visited her more often. im going to miss her so much. my heart and soul go out to her and her family. love you doris! love, robyn yoshihiro and barney ortiz

  3. My Aunt Doris I love you so much. I feel lost without you. She taught me so much and we had so many great times together. I know you are up there teaching everyone to dance. <3

  4. Although I never met Doris personally I feel that I knew her through her daughter, Debra. My prayers are with all of you in the loss of this beautiful lady.

  5. Its hard to believe that the lady i called my adoptive grama for so many years is no longer here. I remember spending the night with you and grampa roy and going to bed late with erin cause we had to wake up early to get on the boat. Theres so many memories i had as a kid growing up with you and grampa roy and im sad to find out that your life has ended. Grama doris i love you with everything i have, your in a better place now and looking down at grampa and the whole family. rest in peace my tough grama..You will be missed but never forgotten…. Your adoptive grandson..tony “tonito” de los Santos

  6. I will forever remember the delicious “DP Cheesy” burgers made by Doris and the great times fishing on the City with Doris and Roy.

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