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Doris Jeanine York

May 31, 1933 — June 11, 2023

McKinney, Texas


**Doris Jeanine York**
May 31, 1933 - June 11, 2023
Doris Jeanine York, age 90, of Richlands Hills, passed away on June 11, 2023 with family by
her side. Doris was born on May 31, 1933 in Fort Worth, Texas to Porter Curtis Brown and
Tressie Inez Brown and is remembered most for her infectious smile, musically inclined heart,
zest for adventure, dedication to Christ, and a love for all things great and small.
Family was the cornerstone of Doris’s existence. She cherished her role as a loving mother,
doting nana, and adoring aunt, grana, and gran nana. Her unwavering commitment to her family
knew no bounds as seen in her time in Africa and when visiting Linda and family in Australia.
You cannot think about Doris without thinking about her passion for making music. Her love for
melodies resonated through her life as she sang for decades in the choir, skillfully played the
piano and violin, and brought music into the hearts of those around her. Her grandchildren
fondly recall Nana’s original children's songs, such as “Dink Dink the Dinosaur.” She shared her
talents with enthusiasm, inspiring others to find joy through the power of music.
Doris also had a special place in her heart for children and emphasized the importance of play
in their lives. She often would recall her own stories playing as a child with the boys defying
social norms of what was expected for girls at that time. Doris actively encouraged imagination,
creativity, and the freedom to explore, leaving an indelible mark on her grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, and the students she taught at the church day school.
Doris's life was a testament to the harmonious balance between adventure and respect for
nature as she deeply understood God’s gift of the world. Doris often recalled the pure exaltation
she felt when traveling to the Holy Land, climbing the pyramids of Egypt, and walking the sacred
paths of Jesus in Jerusalem, following the way of the Lord.
An adventurous spirit, Doris found joy visiting the beach, hiking in the mountains, and
participating in competitive fishing. Her love for nature extended to her own great outdoors as
she willingly and independently tended to her almost one acre lot on a daily basis. As children,
we often marveled at her riding lawn mower, large pecan trees, and her constant tinkering with
the water well. In her later years, Doris’s love for animals and the outdoors led her to Fossil Rim,
where she routinely visited, often returning home with stories and pictures of the majestic
animals in their natural world.
Our Doris was a pillar of love, faithfulness, and wisdom. Doris strived to live free from
pharmaceuticals (unless when necessary) coupled with a daily commitment to moving her body,
even well into her older age. She understood that physical well-being led to longevity and the
ability to continue enjoying life’s greatest blessings. In our memories, we will forever hold the
image of Doris armed with tissues and vitamins in her pockets, daily, ever ready to offer comfort
and care. That was our Nana and Aunt DeeDee.
Doris displayed remarkable strength and resilience exemplifying the notion that life's fruits are
borne from a willing heart. She carried the lessons learned during arduous times as a badge of
honor teaching us the importance of perseverance, courage, and unity in the face of adversity.
No obstacle was too big for Doris, and she lived that way faithfully knowing Christ was her
Doris never hesitated to call out injustices, and she deeply understood that the world is not
simply black and white. As an advocate for fairness and the Golden Rule, Doris believed in the
power of dialogue as a means to shared understanding. She had a remarkable ability to engage
in conversations in a way that made people feel seen, heard, and worthy. Concurrently, Doris
understood loyalty and the importance of preserving a part in order to maximize the benefit of
the whole. Due to this value system, professionally, Doris held a critical role at Bell Helicopter
working in administration with top secret security clearance during both wartime and peacetime.
Doris’s legacy is one of love, compassion, and resilience. She taught us the importance of
cherishing life’s everyday moments and embracing the beauty of life. Her unwavering faith
served as a guiding light during challenging times, reminding us to remain strong and never lose
Doris is preceded in death by her parents, Porter Curtis Brown and Tressie Inez Brown and
brother, Charles Brown.
She is survived by loved ones: her daughter, Linda York Cox and husband, Kim Cox; her sister,
Carole Ann Knox and nieces Elizabeth Humber and husband, Richard Humber, and Kathryn
Knox; her grandchildren: Tobye and husband, Michael, Jim and wife, Mary, Joe, Lindsay and
husband, Jonathan, and Courtney; and her great-grandchildren: Gavin, Luke, Lauren, Taylor,
Aidan, Avery, and Helena.
Visitation will occur Thursday, June 15, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Charles W. Smith and Sons
Funeral Home at 601 S. Tennessee Street, McKinney, Texas, 75069. A graveside service will
occur Friday, June 16, at 3:00 p.m. at Pecan Grove Cemetery, 1701 S. McDonald Street,
McKinney, Texas, 75069.
Services entrusted to Charles W. Smith & Sons, McKinney, Texas.


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Service Schedule

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral - McKinney

601 S Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069

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Graveside Service

Friday, June 16, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

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