Doris Ann Bayer was born on August 13, 1937, to her parents George Albert Bayer, Jr. and Clarinda Mae Warthan Bayer, in a country farmhouse in Birdseye, Indiana. She was the third child of six children. Following a recent illness, Doris went to be with the Lord on November 22, 2017, at 1:31 pm.
At the time of her passing she was surrounded by her family in the comfort of her home that she shared with her daughter, Desiree Herrin. Doris was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Ralls; her daughter, Melody Brasher; her parents George and Clarinda Bayer; her brother Albert Bayer, Sisters Linda Durham and Mayme Bayer; grandparents George and Maggie Bayer, and grandparents Helen and James Warthan. Doris is survived by her brother Kenneth Bayer and sister Carolyn Chance and her husband Richard Chance; daughter, Desiree Herrin and son-in-law Darrell Herrin, and son-in-law Derik Brasher, Grandchildren, Sterling Brasher and wife Duanna, Joshua McAllister and wife Amanda, Cassie Herrin, and Kellie Herrin. Great grandchildren include Carson Alfonso and Melody Herrin. She will be missed by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews from Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. In her professional life she held several senior level positions over the span of 30 years, including managing several Sam’s Clubs throughout Texas and Louisiana. Doris enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was an avid lover of music, painting, cooking, entertaining and traveling. She took classes to learn to play the piano and once sang in a supper club. She also painted fine china for her sister Carolyn and friends. Many of her paintings are hanging on the walls of her family. Doris was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing gourmet dinners, especially during the holidays. She enjoyed traveling with fond memories of Ireland and various islands in the Caribbean, and loving the ocean so much, that after retiring she moved to Hawaii for two years where she appreciated the beauty of the sunrise and sunset’s. During this time, she came to appreciate God’s creation in a greater magnitude. Doris was dedicated to living her life to be pleasing to God, having read the entire bible through several times. One of her fondest memories was her visit to Israel, which included her baptism in the Jordan River. Some of her favorite scriptures were 1 John 4:19, -20 We love him, because he first loved us. If a man says, I love God, and hath his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth, know his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God who he has not seen? -21. And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God loves his brother also. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1. 1 Corinthians 11:24. And when he had given thanks, he brake (it), and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me. Doris read scripture and took communion daily in honor of what Jesus Christ did for her. Doris was a dedicated member of Peace Tabernacle Church in Baytown, Texas for many years. She enjoyed being able to fellowship with her church family as she faithfully attended all services. The family wishes to thank everyone at Peace Tabernacle for their prayers over Doris. In her final days she only wanted to concentrate on God, as her sister- in- Christ, Wanda Saxton would sit and read many scriptures to her from Gods word. The family wants to take this time to especially thank Wanda for her love and devotion to Doris’ body and soul. Psalm 121 I will lift my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5. The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6. The son shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; he shall preserve thy soul. 8. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. We, as her family will miss her earthly body, but we rejoice in the comfort knowing that she is singing with the angels in perfect harmony, high above the most beautiful sunrise. Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday November 25, 2017 in the Chapel of Deer Park Funeral Directors, with Rev. Stacy Myers officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time.