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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On January 19, 2022 @ 10:44 am In Obituary | 2 Comments

F Doreen Waits

Our beloved mother, Florence Doreen Waits, passed away peacefully in her sleep early morning January 13, 2022, at the age of 93. She always said she wanted to make it to 100; she gave it a good try. Doreen was born December 13, 1928 in Stevensville, Montana. She was the last of the seven Brown family brothers and sisters who moved from Montana to the Phoenix area. Doreen is survived by three sons: Gary Armstrong (Diana), James Armstrong and Michael Armstrong (Jodi). The family grew over the years with 10 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. Doreen loved the family and was so proud of each and everyone. She loved to host family BBQs, holiday and Christmas parties. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Ryan-Evans Drug Stores and PCS. After her husband’s construction accident, she was his caregiver until his passing. Doreen was always happy and humming, willing to help or care for family anytime, and she loved dancing at the Elks or VFW (she was a very good dancer). She lived a long full life and is now at a better place with her family and friends. We all love and miss her very much.
Instead of flowers, donate to VFW, AZ Humane Society or your favorite charity.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 12:00 – 1:00PM, with Funeral Service to begin at 1:00PM at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Interment to follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

Condolences for the family of “WAITS, FLORENCE “DOREEN””

Condolence from Sherry (Ziegler) Ponzi on January 19th, 2022 3:08 pm

Gary, Jimmy & Mike,

My deepest sympathies. I have a lot of great memories with Aunt Doreen over the many years, most of them from my childhood since I moved out of Arizona at a fairly young age. The last time I spent any quality time with her was a road trip to Montana with mom and dad several years ago. That was a great trip. Aunt Doreen, like all the Brown girls, was always smiling! She was a great cook and her desserts were the best ever! One of my favorites was her lime Jello surprise. She whipped in cream cheese and I think there was fruit cocktail and chopped pecans involved. I just remember it was fluffy and yummy! Renee and I loved to spend the night at your house when we were little because she let us break all the rules and stay up late watching tv! I thought she was the coolest! Oh and there was the soda fountain at Ryan-Evans Drug Store. That was a real treat; she’d come downstairs herself to make us floats! I just remember feeling so special sitting at that counter. Aunt Doreen was always kind, always there for us.

Thank you Aunt Doreen for all the happy memories and for always being a cool aunt!

Love, Sherry

Condolence from Gloria Price on January 26th, 2022 4:03 pm

Dear Cousin Gary, Jimmy & Mike,

I have so many fond memories of Aunt Doreen throughout my life. One of my heartfelt memories is our surprise visits to see her on weekends and she would greet us with a sweet smile and a head full of rollers. She had the greatest hair and her hairstyle never seemed to change.
One word I would use to describe Aunt Doreen would be kind, she was endlessly kind. Her optimism and genuine love of life is an inspiration. We should all inspire to carry a bit of Aunt Doreen’s attitude with us every day.


Cousin Gloria

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