Doris Miller Glick, 1923-2010

Aunt Doris, pictured here with her youngest grand niece, was my dad’s only sister. How she managed with six brothers (five older), is still a bit of a mystery. But manage she did.

She passed away in her sleep last night after a short hospital/hospice stay. She’s survived by two of her older brothers and her younger one, her four children and their spouses and/or children.

And most importantly, she’s now in the arms of Jesus.

After my grandmother died, Aunt Doris sort of took on the role of matriarch of the family, though I doubt if she would have said so herself. She was the keeper of many of the stories and photo albums, the one who brought hymnals or printed copies of special songs to sing at family reunions. She was the organizer in the kitchen and the planner for meals.

Still, she wasn’t shy about entering into some of the discussions “the boys” were known for. The last such conversation I participated in with her was regarding the Harry Potter books.

She frowned on those, but surprisingly she was a key reason I kept writing The Lore of Efrathah. She actually gave me my first critique (told me to kill all those -ly adverbs that peppered the page).

When I was about as discouraged as I could get, Aunt Doris started reading chapters in my second book. She offered kind feedback and kept reading until, I think, the story took too violent a turn for my dear lifetime pacifist aunt.

One of my greatest delights was at the last reunion I attended, up in Oregon. I’d brought a CD of a conversation I had some thirty years earlier with my grandmother. We played that and I remember Aunt Doris being so delighted to hear her mother’s voice again.

Coming from a good Mennonite background as she did, my aunt was never one to talk much about her faith—but the last few reunions were a little different. I know it didn’t come naturally to her, but she was particularly concerned for the next generation and the next, that we would trust Christ and live for God and His glory.

I’m going to miss Aunt Doris. Her kindness, encouragement, quiet faith, godly example, quick wit, ready laugh, willingness to listen, strong beliefs—so much. I have one less role model in my life now.

Published in: on October 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm  Comments (7)  


  1. She sounds like a wonderful woman. I’m sorry you’ve lost her, but glad it isn’t forever. Oh so glad that we will see our loved ones again.


  2. Becky,

    I’d like to extend to you my sympathy in this time of loss. I’m glad that you have so many fond memories of your aunt, and I’m glad for all of you that her passing was swift and peaceful. God’s blessing on all of you as you grieve…


  3. Sweet memories, Becky. One day you’ll laugh together and recall them all over again. Your loss, Jesus’ gain.


  4. Sounds like she was a wonderful woman. What a legacy she left behind her 🙂 Prayers for your family. Even when we know the one we loved is with Jesus, we can still miss them deeply.


  5. Becky, thank you for saying exactly what I wanted to say, but do not have the gift for saying. We will miss our only Aunt dearly, but delight that she is now with our loving Lord Jesus!


  6. Becky,
    Thank you for expressing yourself and sharing about Aund Doris. I agree that she became the matriach of the family, though she would have shied from that I think. And she was passionate in discussions with her brothers at the reunions over some long ago family event or football teams. I was so lucky in spending a lot of time with the Glick family when they lived in Goshen.
    I will so miss her.


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