|Doris Maxine (Griggs) Paulsgrove, age 96, a long time resident of Knoxville, Illinois, and more recently residing at the Kensington in Galesburg, Illinois, passed away on May 27, 2013 in Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.
Doris was born on August 28, 1916 in Ingraham, Illinois. She was predeceased by her parents, William Earl Griggs and Iva O. (Blunk) Griggs, who resided in Bridgeport, Illinois at the time of their deaths. Her siblings also predeceased her: Joe Griggs, Jack Griggs, Mary Bradley, Paul Griggs, Helen Griggs, and Tommy Griggs.
Doris graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1933. During her sophomore year she was a member of the bookkeeping team, which placed 5th in the state competition. As a junior she was on the shorthand team, which placed 3rd in the state, and this was followed the next year with a first place finish in the state commercial team contests. After high school Doris worked as a bookkeeper for a neon sign company in Vincennes, Indiana and later for an appliance dealer in Dana, Indiana. She then landed a job with Pure Oil Company in Olney, Illinois, as a stenographer.
In 1941, Doris met James "Jim" Paulsgrove on a weekend trip to St. Louis at a dance hall called "Tune Town". Jim, who was there with some Army buddies, cut in on a dance, and continued to dance with Doris the rest of the evening! They visited each other on weekends and, after a courtship of three months, decided to get married. They married on November 1, 1941 in Festus, Missouri, followed by a one day "honeymoon" in St. Louis. The marriage continued for 68 years until January 24, 2010, when James passed away.
Doris is survived by her three children, John (Kristin) Paulsgrove of Rockford, Illinois; Tom (Cindy) Paulsgrove, of Priest River, Idaho; and Peggy (Kim) Anglin, of Durham, North Carolina. Grandchildren include Megan Paulsgrove of San Marcos, California; Sarah (Andrew) Streeter of Chicago, Illinois; Marissa (Kent) Giardini, also of Chicago; Julia (Robert) Sears, of Holly Springs, North Carolina; Beth Anglin of Durham; and Neal Anglin, also of Durham. Great-grandchildren are Madison Haney, Mason Haney, and Aidan Smith.
Doris was an excellent cook, seamstress, quilter, gardener, and canner. She was the kind of mother (and grandmother) that all children enjoy - gentle, sweet, loving, with a great sense of humor. She enjoyed traveling, reading, dancing, and any activities involving family. She was a long-time member of a local book club comprised of ladies from Delong and Gilson. She was both a ballroom dancer and a square dancer, enjoying this with her husband, James. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary and the First Christian Church of Knoxville.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM on July 12, 2013, in Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, Illinois with Pastor David Shreeves officiating. Services have been arranged through Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home, Knoxville, Illinois. Memorials may be sent to the First Christian Church, 201 South Broad Street, Knoxville, IL 61448. On-line condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com