Doris Lortz


Doris Marcella Lortz, 90, of Columbus, died Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at Waldron Health Care Center. Born November 18, 1924, in St. Louis, Missouri, she was the daughter of Roscoe and Lela Lewis Wells Sr.

Survivors include children, Kathryn Blackburn of Hope, Marva Andrews of Hartsville, Norma (Mike) Johnson of Azalia, Marianne (John) Memarian of Shelbyville, Steve (Jolene) Lortz of Flat Rock, and Jon Lortz of Columbus; 45 grandchildren; 88 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Anita Clay of Hope; and a brother, Ted Wells of Columbus.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawcreek Cemetery, with Danny Holley officiating, followed by a memorial service and luncheon at Hope Baptist Church.

Doris loved writing, genealogy, gardening and her plants. She completed her high school education in her 60s and got her first set of pearls when she was 89.

She was a Christian woman and her optimism will always be remembered by family and friends through her favorite phrase, “It will be alright and this too shall pass.” This was her motto of her faith in Jesus.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; grandsons, Warren Johnson, Jim Bob Blackburn, and Caleb Blackburn; sisters, Nina Lynch and Jean Chisnall; and a brother, Roscoe Wells Jr.

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