Doris Lavern Braswell


(September 10, 1920 – February 26, 2021)

On Friday, February 26, 2021, Doris Lavern Leach-DeHart Braswell was called home by our Heavenly Father. Born on September 10, 1920, Doris was blessed to celebrate her 100th birthday with five generations of her family.

Devout in her faith, Doris liked to be active in church, read the bible and Christian books, and attended services virtually throughout the pandemic. She loved puzzles, playing horseshoes, gardening, and beating her children and grandchildren at dominos. Family events often included board games and card games with Doris right in the middle of the competition. If she wasn’t playing games, you could find Doris with her fishing pole at the nearest lake. Fishing was one of her most cherished pastimes and she would fish anywhere, anytime, no matter what.

From traveling in a covered wagon as a child to cruising to Alaska and Cancun, Doris loved a good adventure. She visited Frankenstein Castle in Darmstadt and the Black Forest while staying in Germany. She travelled to Paris, France where she expressed disappointment that the Eiffel Tower looked like a Texas oil derrick. Doris often traveled with family members across the United States and enjoyed trips to Florida, North Carolina, Washington, New Mexico, and West Virginia. She travelled extensively in Texas and Arkansas with her daughters and grandchildren as well. Doris loved to visit new places and was often in awe of the many sites she got to experience through travel.

Although she loved to travel, Doris’ heart was always at home with her large, loud, loving family. From having the great-grandkids over for a Spring Break Camp Week to visiting family all over Texas and Texarkana, family came first for Doris. She looked forward to holidays and her birthday when the family would gather together to celebrate.

God blessed Doris in every way with HIs love, strength and wisdom. A true Proverbs 31 woman, she stayed close to Him, worshipped Him, read His word, and spoke to Him through daily prayer. She lived His word and He honored her all her life with wisdom, strength, and the blessings of a loving family.
Doris is preceded to glory by her parents Billy Pete and Maude Leach and her husbands Thomas DeHart and Lamar Braswell. She is preceded in death by her siblings Marie Chaney, Frank Leach, Clifford Leach, and Billy Pete Leach and their spouses. Also greeting her in Heaven are her beloved nieces and nephews Bernice Like, Donna Kay Frazier, Martha Grider, Lloyd Allen Leach, Buddy Leach, Jerry Ingram, Larry Dean Leach, and her great nieces and nephews Tammy Crow, Donnie Ray England, and Bryan DeLaRue.

Doris is survived by her sister Maggie Leach and her children Bonnie Washburn and her husband Oliver, and Judy DeHart. Doris leaves behind her grandchildren Tony Estes and his wife Kim, Russell Estes and his wife Melanie, Staci Leonard and her husband Gerrell, Paula Koenig and her husband Eric, Tommy Braswell and his wife Dana, Racheal Rateliff and her husband Danny, Travis Braswell and his wife Amy, and Lamar Braswell. Doris is lovingly remembered by her 34 great grandchildren and her 14 great, great grandchildren. Her legacy extends to include numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great, great nieces and nephews as well.

I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
O Lord, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.
I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people.
In the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord.
Psalm 116:13-19

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on March 3 in the Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche.

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