Doris Lorene Hamlow Herr

March 8, 1917 ~ October 6, 2017

About the Service

Visitation from 4 - 7 pm on Friday, October 20 at Allen Mortuary.  Services at 10 am on Saturday October 21 at the same location.

In her Denair home on October 6, 2017 surrounded by the love of her family, Doris Lorene Herr made her heavenly journey into the resting arms of her Savior, whom she loved and trusted with all her heart.  Thus, she completed a journey of 100 years, six months, and 28 days.

Doris Lorene Hamlow was born in Waverly, Nebraska on March 8, 1917.  She was the eighth of nine children born to the late Oscar and Grace (Anderton) Hamlow.  At the age of four, Doris, her parents, and seven siblings moved to Denair, California.  Doris began her education early on and attended Gratton and Fairacres Schools, Hughson High School, and Modesto Junior College.  She went on to San Jose State University where she earned her teaching credential.  She spent two years teaching in Crows Landing, and 24 years at Denair Elementary School.

On September 15, 1940, she married the love of her life, Dwight Herr.  She cherished her 53 years as the wife of a peach farmer, until Dwight’s death in 1993.

Doris loved the Lord with all of her heart.  She found bliss in reading, and memorizing scripture.  Doris served faithfully at the Denair Missionary Church in the children and women’s ministry. For the past 25 years her faith was enriched as a member of the Denair Friends Church.

Doris had the gift of hospitality and loved to entertain.  Everyone who crossed her threshold was greeted with open arms, a big smile, and a twinkle in her eyes.  She brought beauty and unconditional love into the lives of those who entered hers.  Even to the end she could not resist a game of cards, of which she loved to win.  For the sick, Doris was the ultimate comforter and even to the end cared for ailing family members.

Traveling was a joyous occasion in Doris’ life.  She visited all 50 states, Europe, and the Holy Land.  She especially enjoyed visiting Hawaii and the Mount Hermon Christian Conference Grounds.

Doris is survived by her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law Dorene and Richard Dobbins of Sacramento, California.  She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, and a multitude of friends and family whom she loved dearly.   In addition to her parents and husband, as the last of her generation of the Hamlow family, she is preceded in death by her five brothers Oswald (Pauline), Andrew (Alice), Hector, Alfred, and Manny (Dorothy), and her three sisters Irene (Alvin) Oyer, Faye (Arthur) Phelps, and Mertis (Robert) Nolt, as well as her sister and brother-in-law Miriam (Herr) and Arnold Burnett, two nieces and three nephews, a great-niece and three great-nephews.  The family would like to thank Lois Kuffel and Covenant Care Hospice for their excellent care of Doris.

Visitation is from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway, Turlock.  Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday October 21, 2017 at the same location.  A reception will follow at the Denair Friends Church, 4033 N. Gratton Rd, Denair.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Denair Friends Church, 4033 N. Gratton Rd, Denair, CA 95316 or the Turlock Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 1231, Turlock, CA 95381.

Doris would not want tears, she never wanted to be cheated out of one day in Heaven.  The kindly lady in pink has hung up her apron, and arrived.  Doris will be there to welcome the rest of us, with her ever open arms, when we make that same journey.


  1. I’ll never forget how Mrs. Herr surprised and comforted me when she led our class in the Lord’s Prayer before eating at a class party. She was a gift from God to a little girl.

  2. Mrs. Herr was my first teacher when we moved to Denair. What a kind and Godly woman who was a great example for all!

  3. And my mom, Harriet Johnson Davis, was already in Heaven waiting for Mrs. Herr, who was one of her favorite teachers when she was a little girl. The last time I saw Mrs. Herr, she was in her early 90’s and an absolute delight to talk to. I tell my children I want to grow up to be like her. So comforting to know she is celebrating with her Savior. My condolences to all her family.

  4. Loved Doris…wonderful teacher…awesome woman of God…just all around sweet lady…Always Happy when Cliff & June Hamlow came to town because they would bring her with them to visit the Stout clan…I know my sister Phyllis & I enjoyed calling her Auntie Doris too…we decided that even though she was our cousins aunt we wanted to claim her too…I know she is rejoicing in Heaven but she will be missed by those who love her

  5. She blessed to have her as a teacher both in school and bible school. She was always happy to support and encourage student to do their best. She was a special lady and good friend and class mate to my father (Francis Perry). She was kind and encouraging for him during mother’s Nettie end stages of alxheimers.

  6. What wonderful memories of “auntie Doris” (we adopted her as our aunt since ours lived far away) I have while growing up in Denair! My sister and i had to call her “Mrs. Herr” though, when we had her as a teacher. Getting peaches from the Herr ranch, going to her home for dinner, swimming in the canal near her house once in awhile–all those things were so special. We loved to go visit her later in town, where she always had a beautiful table set. She was such a wonderful friend to my mom (Dorothy Whittum) for so many years! What an amazing and godly woman she was.

  7. What a wonderful lady!! We are so blessed to have her as our Aunt and a great role model. Always willing to share. Always willing to play cards. Still entertaining at 100. Not many can say that.

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