Doris Goodlatte Walmsley

NATCHITOCHES, LA – Doris Goodlatte Walmsley, 84, passed away January 30th, 2024 at Natchitoches Community Care in Natchitoches, LA.

She was born April 8th, 1939 in Upper Montclair, NJ to Doris Mentzendorff Goodlatte and Robert Swan Goodlatte. Dorie graduated from Classical High School in Springfield, MA and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Framingham State College in Framingham, MA. Dorie was born a teacher. Before marriage, she taught in a boarding school in London for 3 years and then in the Massachusetts school system for over 30.

She met David Benjamin Walmsley at a dog show, both showing Smooth Fox Terriers and they were married on July 8th, 1970. Dorie loved to read, travel, and play Scrabble and Parcheesi. She was a life-long Christian Scientist.

Dorie was preceded in death by her husband, of 48 years, and her parents.

She was survived by her son, William Goodlatte Walmsley; daughter, Susan Walmsley Hyams and husband Louis Collier Hyams; grandchildren, Gwyneth Walmsley Berry and husband Aaron Berry, Rowan Cassandra Walmsley, Juliet Claire Marie Hyams, and Pierce McPhearson Hyams; and DIL, Gillian Heather Walmsley.

A memorial will be held at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home on Saturday, February 24th, 2024, at 1 p.m. The family would like to thank everyone at Natchitoches Community Care for caring for her these last several years, and to Hospice of Natchitoches for these last several months. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Fox Terrier Club or The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA.

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