Doris Schulte passed peacefully in her sleep on February 4, 2021, 12 days after her hundredth birthday.
Born in Flint Michigan, to Amos and Marie Gregory, Doris attended Flint Junior College and worked at the Fisher Body Auto Plant as Executive Secretary to the plant manager. Doris was proud to tell the story of being chosen Queen of the 1940 Motor Festival and Beauty Pageant. Doris married John Schulte of Lansing, and they spent their honeymoon on an overnight train ride to Norfolk, Virginia where John was stationed due to World War Two. After John fulfilled his military obligation the family moved to Wilmington, DE where he worked until his retirement as an engineer for General Motors.
Doris and John Schulte together raised 8 children, Joseph (Nancy), Michael (Jane), Kathleen Cheek (Dalmer) Patrick (Patricia), Patrice Camperson (Robert), Ann Henry (William), John Schulte (Deborah), and Janet Ford (Michael) and were happily married for 54 years. Doris leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 24 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grand Daughter She was predeceased by her husband, John, and a beloved grandson, Matthew Camperson.
Doris was very active in her church, St John the Beloved, where she chaired the Craft Committee and Sale for many years and was well known by the Hyde Park Community Association as a master of Halloween costumes.
After purchasing a small island in Canada, John and Doris, along with the 8 children, worked tirelessly for many years to build a family retreat, including clearing the land, and building a 3 story house. Doris supported and worked alongside John on his many improvement projects over the years, which included building all the furniture for the house and two boats, "The Titanic" and the "Doris May." Doris reached out to the youth of the Ojibway tribe and spent hours teaching them her various craft projects.
Doris was an amazing woman known for her intelligence, creativity, sense of humor and adventurous spirit. If she had been born a generation later, with wider opportunities, her obituary would be published nationally instead of locally.
Doris lived with her son Joe and his wife Nancy for 24 years where every day she proclaimed was "perfect, perfect, perfect! and " When you think it can't get any better, it does! Doris's glass was always full!"
A memorial service to celebrate Doris' life will be held at a later date. Burial will be private. The family would like to thank Delaware Hospice for their invaluable support and kindness. Donations to your favorite charity would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
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