Shirley Doss died Monday, April 17, 2017, under Hospice Care at her home in Ashland.
Shirley was born July 14, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Louise and Raymond Meister as the youngest of five children. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband.
She was raised by her grandparents and asked her grandchildren to call her "Grani" as she called her own grandmother.
At the age of 14, she saw the new organist at her church walking down the aisle and told a friend she was going to marry him. Always true to her word she married her one true love Robert N. Doss five years later. They were married for 57 years at the time of his death in 2010.
She attended Green Hills High School in Cincinnati then moved to White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., with her husband where she was an executive secretary at The Greenbrier Resort. They moved to Ashland, in 1958 where Bob began teaching at the Ashland High School. That same year their only daughter, Kimberly was born.
Shirley received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Education from Marshall University, teaching at Wade Clay Elementary and Charles Russell Elementary. She wanted every child to be able to read after leaving her classroom but she also exposed her students to art, music, penmanship and the classics reading to them daily. An accomplished classical singer and soloist, her most memorable compliment was when one of her students said she sounded "just like Minnie Pearl!"
She and her husband were heavily involved in the musical ministry of First Methodist for 25 years then First Presbyterian for another 23. While her husband led the music at First Methodist she sang soprano in the choir and coordinated social events, the choir was invited to their home every December for a Christmas Party and every June for an "end of the year" celebration. The dining room table would be loaded with homemade food but she was best known for her sweetened ice tea and homemade bread. Her cooking was so revered by her grandchildren that they could be convinced to eat even the most suspicious looking vegetables if told it was "Grani food".
Shirley was a member of the Ashland Three Arts Club for many years. She enjoyed entertaining, flowers, antiques, singing and laughing. She will be remembered for her hospitality and sense of humor.
She will be sorely missed by daughter Kim and granddaughters, Laura and Katie of Colorado; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Doss Sherwood of Kenova; seven nieces; a brother, Edward Meister of Cincinnati; and long-time friends, Pat Smith of Ashland and Betty Gates of Princeton, W.Va.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church or Ashland Community Hospice.
A private memorial will be this summer.
Lazear Funeral Home of Ashland is in charge of arrangements.
Published on April 21, 2017