Doris Ellen Thiry

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died November 26th, 2019

Doris E. Thiry, 96, of Escanaba, passed away surrounded by her family, early Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019 at Christian Park Health Care Center where she has resided for ten years.

She was born on January 13, 1923 in Marquette, daughter of Clyde and Elizabeth (Miller) Fletcher.  Doris was raised in Marquette and graduated from Graveraet High School.

On May 25, 1946 the former Doris Fletcher married Nicolas Thiry at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Marquette.  Nick preceded her in death on December 15, 1995.

Doris moved to Escanaba following her marriage to Nicolas.  They raised six children together and she was a devoted homemaker and mother.

She was a terrific seamstress and loved to knit.  Her finished crafts would often be found on display at the fair.  Doris enjoyed golfing and was involved with pinochle club for more than 50 years and several bridge clubs for many years.

Doris was a member of the Escanaba Country club and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church where she was involved in the choir and Vestry.

Among survivors include her children, Jo-Ellen (Tom) LaFave of Escanaba, Betsy (Alan) Depuydt of Perkins, Mary (Reggie) Depuydt of Wells, Steve Thiry of Gladstone, Chuck (Deb) Thiry of Batavia, IL and Eric (Michelle) Thiry of Spring, Tx; 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Nicolas, she was preceded in death by six brothers and their wives, Ed (Kay) Fletcher, Clyde (Dorothy) Fletcher, Al (Jean) Fletcher, Jack Fletcher, Bobby (Anna) Fletcher and Donald (Sue) Fletcher and her sister in law and brother in law Barb and Louis Berthiaume.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 3rd from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba.  The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family or to the charity of your choice.  A memorial will be established at a later date.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Christian Park Health Care Center for all the love and care they provided to Doris.

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9 Tributes to “Doris Ellen Thiry”

  1. My Gram was incredibly special. She was someone everyone loved. In fact, grocery shopping with her was brutal. A 15 minute trip would take 3 hours because she had to stop and talk to everyone she knew (and she knew everyone)!!!!! When I was sick or just lonely, she would play hours of “Old Maid”, Go Fish, and Slap Jack. There were always cookies in the cookie jar and she was always offering to make us a sandwich before we left (even when I was in my late 20s!). Her chocolate chip cookies were the best! In college, getting a care package from my grandma was always a bright spot in my week. Her cards were always so sweet and sincere. When I was young, I loved sitting making crafts with Gram especially clothes pin dolls. She was super talented! She had the largest, warmest, and gentlest heart around. She is with my grandpa and her family and that brings me so much peace. I love you so much Gram!

  2. Dear Auntie Doris – there are so many memories of you and your family getting together with our family either in Marquette at Gramma and Grampa Fletchers or at your house in Escanaba, especially at Fair time. Us kids jumping on beds or giggling as we tried to listen to the grownups as they laughed, argued, sang and of course “celebrated” ! I remember that your demeanor never ever changed – you were always kind, gentle and caring of each and every one of us.
    To my dear cousins, I wish I could be there as you were when my Mom and Dad passed but please know you are in our prayers.
    Love, Christine, Kurt and family

  3. I will call you Mrs. Thiry. Back in the day if I were to call you Doris my mom would have put soap in my mouth so out of respect for you and my mom today I will start this out with My dearest Mrs. Thiry you will be truly missed. I have witnessed Mary sitting by your side with a smile on her face and such sadness in her eyes and could feel the love pouring from her that she felt for you. I personally am so thankful I got to go see you on my last visit to Escanaba and to see you smiles and to see that twinkle you have always had in your eyes. Thank you for all those apple crisps waiting for Mary and I after school and for all the memories. Thank you for always being in my corner even when it meant standing up to your best friend. And most of all thank you for being such an amazing friend to my mom. Please give her my love . I love you Mrs. Thiry. And I will truly miss you.

  4. I’m sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She was, indeed, very special. Cherish your memories.

  5. JoEllen, so sorry to read about the passing of your mom. Treasure the wonderful memories of family life with her.

  6. My mother Dorothy Brown was a resident of the Center for 10 years before she passed away on December 23, 2017. Mom and Doris were friends when Doris got there. She was such a nice lady. I enjoyed talking to her.

  7. JoEllen, I’m so sorry to hear of your mon’s passing. She was the sweetest lady, always a smile on her face and that twinkle in her eye. Sending prayers and good thoughts..

  8. Chuck and all the Thiry family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was an awesome person and will be missed by all who knew her. I think of her at Christmas when I wrap gifts. I used to help her wrap her many, many gifts. She amazed me with the beautiful gifts she made. One year she sewed CareBears and they were beautiful, so authentic! She gave me many sewing tips throughout the years. She also made the most delicious treats and shared them with everyone. She really was the best nextdoor neighbor I could have asked for! Our family was fortunate to have the Thiry’s nextdoor. Know that you are all in our thoughts and cherish your memories forever.

  9. I will always remember her beautiful smile. Doris always made you feel important when you talked to her. She was always grateful for her family and friends and she was fun to be with. She was a woman of strength and faith. May she be at peace now.

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