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    Damascus, Md. - Doris Lorraine Elmore, 86, formerly of Thief River Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at her home in Damascus.      
    Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 (today) at 12 noon; preceded by a viewing at 11 a.m., at Molesworth-Williams P.A., Funeral Home, 26401 Ridge Rd., Damascus, Md.  Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, Md.  
    Doris Lorraine Elmore was born March 5, 1926, on the family farm in River Falls Township, rural St. Hilaire, to Bennie E. and Mildred A. (Swenson) Johnson.  As a child, she attended the “Wide Awake” School near her home farm and was active in the 4-H.  On occasion, she sang at weddings and funerals. In her spare time, Doris cleaned house for her uncle Axel Johnson, and assisted her uncle Ferdie Swenson, who was county assessor, at his job.  She was confirmed at Tarna Lutheran Church in St. Hilaire and was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. Doris graduated from St. Hilaire High School, class of 1943, as salutatorian. In 1948, she graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing after completing a five-year nursing program. While at the university, she worked as a private duty nurse and sewed for classmates to help pay her tuition. After graduating, Doris was employed as a nurse in Jefferson City, Mo.
   On March 20, 1954, Doris married 1st Lt. Ernest C. Elmore in the post chapel at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.  The couple later moved to Richmond, Va., where Doris worked at Richmond Memorial Hospital as a pediatric nurse. After her sons were born, she worked part-time and then retired to become a full-time homemaker.  She also volunteered as a school nurse at some of her children’s schools.  As an Army wife, Doris and her family moved every few years, living in Virginia, Minnesota, West Germany, and finally, Maryland.
   Doris and her husband Ernest (Lt. Col., USA, Ret.) were married for 54 years. He passed away in 2009.
   Before her illness, Doris enjoyed playing the piano, gardening, bowling, and sewing for herself and her daughters. She loved to bake and often gave apple pies to her neighbors.  Playing bridge with her husband and another couple was a favorite pastime. Every summer, for many years, Doris would return to Minnesota to visit friends and relatives.
    Doris is survived by four children, Gregory S. and David L. Elmore, both of Damascus, Md., Patti L. (Mark) Saba, of John’s Creek, Ga., K. Heidi Mele, of Mount Airy, Md.; four grandchildren, Mary and Peter Saba, and Nathan and Jack Mele; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; her parents; a brother Donald F. Johnson, and a sister Helen V. Dopson.
   Condolences may be sent to the family at molesworthwilliams.com.   
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