Biography: Doris was born on February 13, 1928 in Alabama. She was the youngest of three children. She was educated by the Public School System in the South. At a young age, she and her daughter Lil Arthurene (Toni) came to New York City. Doris enrolled in a catering school. There, she was taught how to decorate food. She could make a pig out of a lemon or roses out of beets. Doris worked a few parties and special events. The catering business was slow. After some time, she met and went to work for The Ragsdale on 57th Street. They took her on a trip with them to Italy. She had a great time. The men loved her. She was young, black and beautiful. She also went to work for Mrs. Armstrong who owned an art gallery in Manhattan.
Doris met and married George Miller (who preceded her in death). One night on a boat tide she met Robert Edwards who preceded her in death; they were together for over 30 years.Doris loved to watch wrestling on Monday and Tuesday; you could find her in front of the TV. Doris also loved cake (any kind). If you were going to a party, the last thing she would say to you is “Bring me some cake”.
Doris could talk. She would spend many hours on the phone with her family members. She always treated them with respect and courtesy. The whole family would call her “Big Mama”. She was a real one. On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Doris went to be with her deceased daughter Anita. Doris leaves to mourn: her daughter Arthurene; six grandchildren: George, Gregory, Anthony, Vernita, Ronald Jr. and Darryl; as well as many great-grandchildren, great nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.
Doris will truly be missed by her family and caring friends. We love you Doris and we will miss you.