Doris died peacefully in her sleep tonight, surrounded by her family. Vital until the end, Doris was eagerly anticipating flying back East to a family gathering when she suffered a stroke five days ago.
Most people don't consider the sudden death of a 97-year-old person who has led a full life to be a "tragedy," but to those of us who (still) struggled to keep up with her conversation it was. She had a lot left to give us, and so we mourn for our own lives that are now made poorer. R.I.P., dear friend.
Here is Doris at her 90th birthday.