Age 88, of Troy, MI, passed away at the Care 2 Assisted Living home in West Bloomfield on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Doris was born in Jackson County on December 5, 1931, the daughter of Joseph and Viola (DeLamater) Donnelly. She grew up in Michigan Center and graduated from Michigan Center High School. Doris was working at the National Bank of Jackson Michigan Center Branch as a teller when she met her future husband, Ralph J. Dickerson. After marriage she took on the career of housewife and mother, a position she thoroughly enjoyed. Doris and Ralph started raising their family in Michigan Center, and then moved to Adrian for a little more than 15 years before spending the remainder in Troy. She enjoyed cake decorating and sewing; many family members were blessed with her creations at birthdays, weddings and graduations; newborns almost always had something to wear that she had sewn together.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Dickerson in August of 2000; son, Brian Dickerson in August of 2019; as well as four siblings, Ray Donnelly, Geraldine Donnelly, Harold Donnelly and Robert Donnelly.
Doris is survived by her son, Thomas Dickerson of Grand Rapids; granddaughter (Brian’s), Gracie Dickerson of Macomb Township; great-grandson, Oliver Brian Riskey; sisters, Norma (Don) Nearpass and Marilyn Pickering; many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and family graveside services will be held in the future at Lakeview Cemetery in Howell, MI.
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