Doris May Nolan went peacefully home to her Heavenly Father on February 18, 2018 with her family by her side.  She was born in Vernonia, Oregon on January 16, 1931. Before moving to Humboldt County at the age of 15, she lived in Kalama, Washington. Doris attended Fortuna Union High School where she met the love of her life, Donald E. Nolan. They were married 63 years.  Don passed away in 2011 and daughter Kathleen Smith in 2012.

Doris is also preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Cecile Holt and her three brothers, Donovan, Dean and Devera Holt.

Doris is survived by her three children, Myrita Henry and husband Tom of Petaluma, Eugenia Masterson and husband Mike of Alton, and Donald E. Nolan II and wife Vicki of Fortuna. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. She is also survived by dear friend, Bobby Hawkins of Fortuna.  

Doris was a proud mother and very active in P.T.A. where she was a past president and an honorary life member. Doris was a life time member of the Redwood Empire Golf and Country Club, joining in 1965 where she was past president of the women’s association, club champion 19 times and shot eight holes in one.  She was an honorary member of the Ingomar Club, an honorary member of the Elks, and a member of the Red Hat Society and Sequoia Bridge Club. Her other hobbies included playing cribbage, sewing,  knitting, crocheting and cooking. Doris was very proud when she received her private pilot’s license. 

A celebration of her life will be held at Hydesville Community Church on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:00 with Pastor Michael Delamarian officiating.  A reception will be held after the service at the church social hall.

A family burial was held at Sunrise Cemetery.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale Senior Living and the Hospice of Humboldt for their great care, compassion and support.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of Humboldt.


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