Our Mom, Nancy R. Doak, passed peacefully September 27, 2022, ten days shy of her 89th birthday, at The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, after a long struggle with dementia. She was predeceased by her husband (our Dad) Don W. Doak in 2013; and by our sister Julia M. “Julie” Doak-Emery in 2017. She is survived by her children: William V. “Bill” Doak, Kokomo, Indiana; Jon E. Doak (wife Deb), Billings, Montana; Thomas W. “Tom” Doak, and daughter Dinora L. “Dennie” Doak of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren Sterling Doak (wife Heidi), Franklin, TN; Griffin Doak (wife Natalie), Downers Grove, IL; George and Matthew Doak, Albuquerque; Bryce Doak (wife Kami), Billings, MT; Chase Doak, Billings, MT; Quinton Landrum (wife Alexis), Kokomo, IN; Jacob, Emily, Anna, and Joseph Weidinger (wife Mikala); and ten great-grandchildren.
Mom and Dad married young December 29, 1950, in Kokomo, Indiana, while Dad was in the United States Air Force. Following Dad’s discharge in 1954, and his graduation from Purdue University, Mom, Dad and four children relocated to Albuquerque in 1958, where Dad was employed at Sandia National Laboratory until his retirement in 1994. Another child, Julie, was born in Albuquerque. Mom thoroughly learned home economics in high school and from her mother, Velma Goudy. She could cook, clean, sew and garden with the best of mothers. She staunched our scrapes with mercurochrome, iodine and band-aids; tolerated our horned toads, lizards and (occasional) snakes under her clothesline; supported us in Cub and Boy Scouting and Campfire Girls; cheered loudly at our sporting events; and fiercely and persistently defended and advocated for us through the tumultuous ‘60’s, ‘70’s, ‘80’s and beyond.
Mom worked for several years as a nurses’ aide in the Albuquerque Public Schools after we were out of the house. In later years, Mom and Dad collected art and antiques; spent weekends at the family cabin in the Jemez Mountains; and traveled throughout the country for family reunions, kids and grandkids’ graduations and weddings. After Dad’s retirement, they traveled extensively in the United Kingdom and Western Europe; were active in gourmet club with good friends; and maintained close relationships with other friends and family throughout New Mexico and Indiana. After Dad’s passing, Mom sold their beautiful home in the Sandia foothills and their downsized home in Bernalillo, NM, and moved into the La Vida Llena adult community in Albuquerque, then ultimately The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho.
Goodbye, Mom. We and your many grandkids and great-grandkids will miss you! Rest in peace. We’ll take care of each other here. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho, Presbyterian-Rust Medical Center, and Ambercare Hospice.