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Doris Lovina (Speight) Tyson

July 23, 1930 ~ August 30, 2020 (age 90)


Doris Lovina Tyson left for her heavenly home on August 30, 2020. She was the youngest child born to the late Albert and Allie Speight in Chicago, Illinois on July 23, 1930.  After graduating in 1948 from Englewood High School in Chicago, she became a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 1973, she completed her degree as a Registered Nurse and continued her nursing career until her semi-retirement in 1998.

Doris united in marriage twice before she married Robert Tyson, Sr. in 1957.  Together they built their home in Chicago and later purchased a second home in Union Pier, Michigan. Doris and Robert were very social, frequently hosting yearly birthday parties, taking the family bowling and roller-skating.  As well as playing board games, completing 1000 piece puzzles and visiting the exhibits at the Museum of Science & Industry.

Doris was a devoted nurse, starting her career at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital as an operating room nurse. During her working years, she was a nurse who wore many hats, from working in hospitals and clinics to providing care to Indiana’s prison population.  When Doris moved to Michigan full-time to “retire”, she managed Alpha Christian Registry personally establishing satellite offices throughout Michigan and Indiana. She then returned to the hospital working in Care Management, Infection Control and Rehabilitation nursing.

Doris received great satisfaction when she was training and state testing nursing assistant students when she was employed at Lake Michigan College. Always encouraging any student she met to become a nurse; tempting them every time she shared one of her nursing adventures. To that end, both of her daughters became Registered Nurses.

Many friends did not realize that Doris was also an accomplished pianist having taken lessons from her mother starting at an early age. Clair de Lune by Debussy was one of her favorite classical pieces of music to perform. She did so with all of the emotion that one would imagine as music author Debussy did when he added his music to the poem.

Doris had many other talents that she said she learned from her mother, growing up during the depression years. She was a skillful seamstress making patterns using old newspapers and still crocheted blankets as gifts despite experiencing some occasional stiffness. Doris was also a great cook and she enjoyed baking cakes. One of her specialties was upside down pineapple cakes that she often made for her growing family, even though she was the only one who liked pineapples! Doris enjoyed home renovation too, acting as the “project lead and designer” during the remodeling of three of her previous Chicago and Michigan homes.

During her retirement, she was able to indulge in her passion from high school, which was reading mostly fiction novels. All of her books were well cared for, with the covers still intact. Doris also had time to watch television, which she never had time to do while raising her family.  She rarely missed an episode of National Geographic and since the Weather channel premiered, she always knew about the climate in each of the states where her grandchildren resided. Doris loved celebrating birthdays and the Christmas holiday.  She would start addressing Christmas cards right after Thanksgiving. She enjoyed watching the winter snow that covered the trees and rooftops from her chair in her sunroom; often commenting that we needed some “clean” snow to fall! To Doris, your birthday was not “in the books” until she sang the Happy Birthday song to you over the telephone her way, “a cappella” style!

Doris was introduced to the Lutheran teachings and religion as a youth from an early age when her family attended St. Phillips Lutheran Church near her childhood home in Chicago. Her faith in God was always strong as she visited many Michigan churches before becoming a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bridgman, Michigan. Doris will be sadly missed by all whoever was on the receiving end of a conversation with her.  She always wanted to leave a person in better spirits after talking with them.

Doris is survived by her two children and their spouses: Robin (George, Jr.) Golliday and Robert (Tameka) Tyson, Jr. both of St. Joseph, Michigan; along with seven grandchildren: Kimberlyn Tyson, Ashlyn Tyson, Julia Locklear, Melissa Golliday, Ashley Brazelton, George Golliday, III and Major Tracy (Christopher) Golliday-Corley; one great-granddaughter: Lauren Golliday; a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, and friends; a special niece – Cheryle Brown Crawford and Doris’ loving companion and devoted caregiver Thomas Outlar. Doris’ parents, husband (Robert Tyson, Sr.), siblings (LaFrancia Brown, Flora Jones and Howard Speight), and daughter (Jenny Peters Brazelton) as well as many nieces and nephews, preceded her in death.

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