Doris Elizabeth Coakley Doom Parker passed away April 6, 2021 at St. Vincent’s Hospital. She was born in a “little white house” near Two Pine School on the Molt Road, July 4, 1923 to Mary Elizabeth White Coakley and Raymond William Coakley. Doris was proud to share her Independence Day birthday with her grandfather, Jake Coakley.
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Doris attended grade school by her grandfather’s farm near Acton. She was among the first graduating class from Senior High School in Billings. Doris then graduated from Montana State Normal School in Billings (MSU Billings), with her elementary teaching certificate to begin her career at nineteen. Sister Jean was one of her students while teaching at Duck Creek.
Doris married Russell Doom December 27, 1941. LaVonne was born in Washington October 6, 1942. The family returned to Montana where Walter was born on March 7, 1945. Doris continued teaching at many different schools around Montana including Silesia, Laurel, and Edgar. While teaching in Edgar, she met and married Jack Parker. They worked in Baker, then settled in Belgrade. Doris enjoyed her retirement---meeting with her Thursday evening “tea” group; traveling with her sister to Ireland, Scotland, Australia and Alaska; going to the NFR and PBR; attending numerous family gathering; and mostly spreading joy wherever she was.
Doris is preceded in death by her parents Elizabeth and Ray, husband Jack, sister Jean, daughter LaVonne, son-in-law Don Cellmer, granddaughter Melissa Cellmer, brother-in-law Lawrence Cellmer. Doris is survived by her son, Walt Doom of Red Lodge, grandson Damian (Carrie) Doom of Texas, granddaughter Stasia Doom of Texas, great-grandsons Dixon and Matz, stepson Charles Parker of Dickenson, ND and his family, nephew Steve (Monica) Cellmer, and niece Mary (Cliff) Pednault.
Visitation at Smith Funeral Chapel West (304 34th St. W, Billings, MT) on April 8, 2021 5-7pm. Mass will be celebrated April 9, 2021 at St. Pius X Catholic Church at 11:00am. (717 18th St. W. Billings, MT). The service will be livestreamed at www.stpiusxblgs.org/worship/streaming-mass. Following mass, graveside service will be performed at Rockvale Cemetery, Rockvale, MT. A celebration of life will be combined with that of Lawrence Cellmer, April 24, at Oscar’s Park (3740 Wise Ln, Billings, MT 59101) 1-6pm. Potluck. BYOB.