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Doris Mae Inman

Obituary for Doris Mae Inman

July 6, 1925 - December 22, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 93

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Doris Mae Inman entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior on December 22, 2018, at the age of 93. She was born July 6, 1925 in Virden, Illinois, to Warren Edwin Jones and Evelyn "Eva" Louise Sparks. She grew up amidst the Great Depression and came of age during World War II, where her first job was working at S. Kabaker's Department Store as a clerk and as the proprietor's shabbos goya on Saturdays, near her family home in Summit, Illinois.

In an age when medicine's best advice was often to wait and pray, she survived a brush with death when she was sixteen as the war broke out. She spent her convalescence teaching Sunday School, working for the railroad that employed her father, and writing letters to the boys on the front to do her part for the war effort, including a friend of a friend named Dick Inman, a young Marine posted in Hawaii. Come war's end, Richard Inman surprised her by showing up at her door, and just a few months later they were married and off to Santa Ana, California for his next assignment.

For the next several years Doris did more traveling than a girl from Illinois would have ever imagined, including living in Cuba and at El Toro, where she would travel down to Mexico with her sister when she visited. She and Dick bred and raised hunting dogs and then English Springer Spaniels and made an impression wherever they were based. They had first a son, Richard, and then a daughter, Linda, before Dick retired and took a civil service position in San Antonio. Dick lived out the rest of his life in San Antonio before dying unexpectedly in his 50s.

As always a woman of iron will, a deep Midwestern work ethic, and unflagging faith, she went to work to get her children through college, becoming an admissions coordinator for Oak Hills Care Center, a time she spoke of with pride. She was known to patients and their families as a miracle worker in their time of need, helping families navigate a difficult process with empathy and sensitivity.
With her children grown and married, she spent her free time active at her church, Castle Hills First Baptist; she could always be found volunteering with the senior ministries and for children's programming, going on road trips with her Bible Study "girls," and doing the church flower arrangements on Monday mornings. When Doris's daughter Linda and her family moved back to San Antonio, Doris became a fixture in their lives, known to granddaughter Elizabeth as a second mother.
Her mobility waned in her twilight years, but she continued to celebrate her family, attending nearly every one of her granddaughters' concerts and spending holidays with her children; stayed connected to friends and family; read voraciously as her vision permitted; and always made time for church on Sunday, whether in person or by tuning in to First Baptist's services.

She joins her husband, CWO Richard L. Inman, USMC, Ret., her sister Betty Tozer, and her brother Charles "Charley" Jones in the company of the saints. She is survived by her son, Richard Warren Inman (and wife Connie Irene); her daughter, Linda Lou Godfrey (and husband, Mark Richard); her grandchildren, Richard Allen Inman (and wife Rachel "Alex"), Stephanie Sue Polkowske (and husband Stephen), Elizabeth Louise Godfrey, and Margaret Evelyn Godfrey; and her great-grandchildren, Nathaniel James, Sean Leonard, and Catherine Alysse Polkowske. Her rich legacy of faith, hard work, and joyful sacrifice for her loved ones has and will continue to shape them all.

Visitation will be on SUNDAY, December 30, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Porter Loring on McCullough.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE
MONDAY- DECEMBER 31, 2018
10:00 A.M.
FORT SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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