Doris Zakariasen Lemmage
Doris Zakariasen Lemmage, a longtime resident of Payson, passed away on Aug. 25, 2012. She was ... 80-something.
Doris lived the first 50 years of her life in Minnesota, raising her family and teaching kindergarten in Rockford, Minn. In fact, all three of her daughters had the privilege of being her kindergarten students.
In 1976, she and her wonderful husband Omar moved to Payson, when they joined her brother, Russ Zakariasen, in a limited partnership to purchase and expand the Payson Golf Course.
Doris and Omar were well-known in the area for their creation of beautiful, handmade purses and music boxes, which Doris continued making even after Omar’s death in 1999.
Doris had an abundant faith and a boundless zest for life — she loved to dance, travel, play golf, bridge and Bunco, walk and hike, and made delicious Norwegian crackers and lefse. Doris made new friends wherever she went with her accepting nature, her openness, her feistiness, and her authenticity.
Her life was deeply intertwined with her and her husband’s beloved brothers and sisters, along with her many dear nieces and nephews.
Doris loved being with her dear friends the Gabby Girls, the Wacky Wenches of Wildwood, the W.i.n.o.s., the golf gals, her church family at Community Presbyterian Church, and her friends at the Elks, the Legion, the Senior Circle, and Buffalo Bar.
More than anything, she treasured her time with her daughters, including Susan Kendrick and her family Ken, Tim, Alex and Rachael; Annie Bryan and her family Duane and Louis; and Lynn Norton and her family Cora Lea and David.
A celebration of life is planned for Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church in Payson.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Time Out Shelter, a favorite charity of Doris’s, P.O. Box 306, Payson, AZ 85547.
We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all of her precious family, all of her dear friends, and her kind neighbors for their love throughout the years, and the amazing staff at Payson Care Center who held our mama’s hand to the end. It is impossible to put into words the extraordinary nature of Doris and her life. But to live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.