Gefvert, Doris Gallant - a Torrance resident for 50 years, passed away on September 29, 2009 one day after her 77th birthday. Doris was at home, surrounded by her loving family and caretaker as she transitioned from this life to the next after battling cancer and other health issues. It surprises no one that she lived the past two years with grace, humor and courage; Doris was a leader and a warrior until the very end.
Doris was born on September 28, 1932 in Manchester, NH where she was raised and later graduated from St. George's School for Girls. She was working for the telephone company there when she met a young Communications Officer of the United States Air Force named Donald Gefvert. She thought he was a bit overconfident, but quite handsome and they were married eight months later! Donald soon began his career with Hughes Aircraft Company and the young couple moved several times in just a few years. Doris finally said "enough of that!" and they settled in Torrance to raise their growing family.
When their three children were old enough, Doris went back to work. She was an excellent bookkeeper and office manager, first at Walteria Plumbing and then for many years at Stewart Jackson Sprinklers. Besides working and raising her family, Doris was very active in community activities and politics. She was a "grass roots" volunteer long before the term was coined. She later transferred her energy and expertise to the Torrance Courthouse Docents, giving tours to 8th grade government students. She was a volunteer for 17 years, including 2 years as the director.
Doris was known for many things: her candor, her energy and her unconditional love for her family and friends. Anyone who spent time in the Gefvert home knows that the best place to be was seated at Doris's kitchen counter. She was always cooking or baking wonderful things, happy to share a meal, a snack, or just some cookies and a cup of tea. So many great conversations occurred in that happy place; Doris was always able to put things in perspective and make everyone else feel better. In every sense of the word, she knew how to nurture people, body and soul. She was truly a one of a kind individual. Doris will be missed, but never forgotten, by the many people whose lives she touched.
Doris is survived by her husband of 55 years, Donald; son Alan Gefvert of Tuscon, AZ; son Steven Gefvert of Torrance, CA; daughter Kathy (Peter) Brubaker of Torrance, CA; grandchildren Kendra Cillitto, Courtney Williams, Alec and Adam Brubaker; three great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Williams, Tony and Dominic Cillitto; sisters Janet and Lorraine; brother Roger, many nieces, nephews and countless friends. She is preceded in death by parents Aubin and Albertine Gallant and brother Raymond Gallant.
A celebration of life memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday October 17 from 2pm-5pm at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, get directions or view the live webcast.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Doris' name may be made to: American Lung Association
or Trinity Care Hospice