Doris J. Overdorf
SUMMITVILLE - Doris Jane Overdorf, 93, peacefully left this world for her eternal home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2.
She was born on Jan. 20, 1926, to Von and Stella Melling, and was the baby sister of Charles Melling, all who awaited her in Heaven. Doris promised her vows in marriage to Bill Overdorf on July 13, 1946. They were married 63 years and chose to make a simple house their home in Summitville to raise a wonderful family before he went home to be with his Lord in 2009, where he too, awaited her arrival.
Doris graduated from Gaston High School, then furthered her education in attending Beauty School. She owned and operated Doris's Beauty Salon in Summitville and since she didn't obtain her driver's license until her late 60's, she would walk to and from work each day. She was a member of several organizations, including the Eastern Star, Priscilla Club, OPC Club and the United Methodist Women. She spent many years helping fundraise for the UMW in hosting their annual silent auction event. Doris enjoyed embroidering, crocheting and sharing her skill of creating crafts with friends and family. She loved watching sports on television and has enjoyed cheering on the Indiana Hoosiers for many years! She also watched Butler, following a favorite player, as well as watching the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers.
After 30 years of encouraging women in her salon chair, Doris retired to enjoy peaceful days with friends and family on Chapman Lake. Family and friends all agree, life moved at a slower pace at Chapman and the hospitality extended in those days at the familiar brown & white trailer on the channel was second to none. Mom, Grandma, Grandma Great - she was the first to greet those who visited, ever so glad to receive company. She had a way to make everyone feel special. She was the family helper, the true constant. She held the wisdom to our past, the one we always counted on. She will always be remembered as the porch light that was always on. She will be profoundly missed in this world by the many lives she touched.
Doris is survived by her four children, Cinda (Steve) Horine, Diana (Sam) Lower, Rita (Charlie) Barnett, Scott (Susan) Overdorf. She is survived by 15 grandchildren, Brett (Amber) Horine, Heather (Glen) Jarvis, Kyle Aiman, Brandon (Amber) Aiman, Ben (Sarah) Lower, Carissa (Maurice) Cambridge, David (Jodi) Lower, Aaron (Misha) Lower, Kelly (Mark) Whybrew, Dustin (Erin) Barnett, Kendra Barnett, Justin (Cassie) Paschal and Brandon (Megan) Paschal. She is survived by 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews; and three sisters-in-law.
She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Ronny B. Aiman.
The rest of the story....In 1942, Doris Melling was engaged to a gentleman friend, Glen Hoppes. However, World War II stepped in the way of their plans and following the war, their lives took different directions. They each went on to marry another. They enjoyed long and happy marriages and had wonderful families. Early in 2019, God had a plan. Glen called on Doris after more than 75 years apart and they were reconnected. For the past seven months you could find the two of them on the road somewhere in Indiana enjoying favorite restaurants, visiting the Wicks Pie warehouse, sharing ice cream, playing Corn Hole with family in Lafayette, re-visiting familiar sites from years past, or enjoying outings on the road to watch the seasons change. Doris will be greatly missed by her friend, Glen Hoppes.
Services honoring Doris's life, legacy and faith will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in the Summitville First United Methodist Church, 600 E. Walnut St., with Pastor Jason Sanders officiating. Interment will follow in the Vinson Memorial Cemetery in Summitville.
Friends may call at the Owens-Noffze Funeral Home, 1009 W. Walnut St., Summitville, on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. or at the church on Wednesday after 10 a.m. prior to the services.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Summitville First United Methodist Church with envelopes available at the visitation and services.
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Published on November 4, 2019


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