Doris Marie Nafziger, 98, Goshen, peacefully left her earthly home on June 25, and was welcomed into her eternal home in heaven by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Doris was born Oct. 29, 1921, to Harvey and Carrie King, Archbold, Ohio. At age 13, she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and was baptized at Central Mennonite Church.
Doris is remembered as a virtuous woman by all who knew her. She loved God’s Word and was a woman of prayer. Her heart’s concern was that her children and grandchildren come to a relationship with Jesus and serve God with their whole hearts. Some described her as being more like Jesus than anyone they knew.
On July 23, 1944, Doris married Chester Joel Nafziger. They lived in Pettisville, Ohio, until 1956 when they moved to a farm near Tedrow, Ohio, and joined Tedrow Mennonite Church.
Chester tragically died in a truck accident on Jan. 17, 1969.
Their union was blessed with six children, all of whom survive: Ruth Ann (Vic) Hildebrand, Westfield, Rachel Hartzler and Marilyn Moe, Goshen, Chester Leroy “Lee” Nafziger, Russell’s Point, Ohio, Leonard (Margaret) Nafziger, Bryan, Ohio, and Mark (Stephanie) Nafziger, Rochester. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and one brother, Glen King, Sarasota, Florida.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Nafziger; son-in-law, Harold E. Hartzler; grandson, Chris Moe; two Hildebrand great-granddaughters; and siblings, Ilva Wyse, Ella Nofziger, Mildred Smith, Beulah Grieser and Ralph King.
In 1972, Doris moved to Elkhart County and began attending Zion Chapel, now Harvest Community Church. She moved to Greencroft in 1989 where she resided until her death.
Known as “Gram” to her grandchildren, Doris was loved, cherished and respected. Her legacy will live on through the countless lives she touched. She fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith and has now entered into the joy of her Lord.
Visitation will be at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, 1911 S. Main St., Goshen, from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, in Pettisville, Ohio. A celebration of life memorial service will held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Harvest Community Church, 17285 C.R. 34, Goshen. The family will receive friends before the service between 4:30 and 6 p.m.