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Doris Lillian Babbs


Sunrise: April 1, 1937

Sunset: May 29, 2021

Doris W. Babbs heard the call of the Lord and accepted his hand into the gates of heaven on May 29, 2021. Doris was born on April 1st, 1937 to Arthur and Viola Willey and became one of eleven children: Henry, Rosa Lee, Alice, George, Edward, Clarence, Earl, James, Doris, Lenora, and Esther.

Doris married young and during that first marriage she was blessed with two daughters, Sharon and Stephanie. Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last and she found herself a single parent working several jobs to take care of herself and her two girls.  She would often say “If it weren’t for my Sister-in-law Bernice watching my girls while I worked, I would not have made it”.  she was forever grateful for that. Eventually, she would be introduced by her father to a military man named Sherman Babbs, who later became her husband. They were also blessed with two children, Preston and Robin and were married 56 years until his passing.

At the age of 41, Doris decided to pursue a dream and become a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.), but first she had to get her G.E.D. so she decided to forgo the class and simply take the test and she passed.  She said that she wanted to work with the elderly and accident survivors which is what motivated her to obtain her certification.

The name “Doris” means Gift or Bounty and everyone who came in her presence knew she was just that.  Her kindness, generosity, and loving spirit was bountiful and the way Doris made everyone feel around her was a genuine gift.  Anyone fortunate enough to come to her home, was immediately made to feel welcome and if they came more than once, they were family.

Doris was the last of her family unit to be called home.  There to receive her is her daughter Sharon Roach, Grandsons Linford Roach and Grayson Babbs, and Sherman Babbs, her husband.

Doris leaves behind Stephanie Baldwin (William), Preston Babbs (Tammy), and devoted daughter Robin Babbs (Kyle) and beloved Sister-in-Law Bernice Willey Grandchildren: Warner Roach, Larry Roach, Sharron Elliott (Justine), Larrcuria Roach, Will Baldwin Jr., Dominick Baldwin, Logan Babbs, La’Sheema Babbs-Pierce (Tynesha) Great Grandchildren: Shaolin Wallace, Paige Boyd, Kymaiya Roach, Jynara Jackson, Lakerriya Mumford, Precious Mumford, Asia Roach, Larry Roach Jr., Sharon Elliott, Amaz Elliott, Justina Elliott, Terriyon Winston and Darriyon Roach Great Great Grandchildren: Krishaw Sawyer and Lamiyah Sawyer Equally beloved are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and cherished friends.

Finally, we wish to recognize Mrs. Ida Mae Cromuel and Linda Wright for their unwavering friendship to our mother. Clarence Willey Jr., thank you for being there whenever you were called.

Robin, I stand in awe of you and have no words for the Love and Sacrifice you gave Mom in her last years!!  I love you sis!! ~ Preston

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    Regina Mobley says

    Rest in Peace to my beloved Aunt Doris. Your passing marks the end of a era for the Willey family.

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    Head, Edwards Family (Diven St./Titustown) says

    Condolences and prayers for the family.

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    David Martin says

    My Condolences , Thoughts and Prayers to Preston Babbs and Family.

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    Mrs Ida M. Clark Cromuel says

    My deepest condolence prayers and thoughts to Robin, Stephanie
    and Preston and all family members of my dear friend Doris.
    we were long time friends and neighbors in Carney Park.and we kept in touch down through the end.. she will always be in my memory. She will be really missed by all she touched.

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    Ms. Vanessa (NEX Coworker) says

    Robin (Kyle) I share with you today, that you were a loving and supportive daughter. No doubt that your dear Mother was thankful for ALL the Love, Kindness and Respect you gave to her. Please remember that our memories are forever and a place where we can always visit when our loved ones are no longer here with us. Your Mother’s absence is your new normal, take your moments and grieve (take care of your emotional health). I will remember you during my prayertime, Thank you Kyle for supporting Robin.

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    Clarence Willey Jr says

    My aunt was a woman who had smiles to brighten your days, she was patient, kind, loving and graceful. She is gone from our sight but never from our hearts. I will forever treasure the time I shared with you. Thank you for building a path of good. May you Rest In Power and continue to guide us from heaven.

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    Regenia Morring says

    Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!
    May God grant the Willey family the peace and comfort that only He can give in such a time as this.

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    Family of George & Nellie (Roach) Foy says

    Our deepest sympathies to the Babbs family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love you all!!

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    Frank & Joan Felder says

    Our prayers and condolences are extended to the family. May God comfort you and the peace of Christ keep you. Joan and I will forever remember our times together sharing.

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    Violet Willey- Edwards says

    My condolences to Stephanie, Robin, Preston and grandchildren. Aunt Doris is at peace now. I have many good memories of her and will miss her.

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    Rosalind Sloan says

    Robin, my heart is with you and your family. Remember all those wondetful moments you had with your mother. Those moments will give you comfort and joy. Peace to you and your family.

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