Doris Jane Moore Biography
Doris Jane Moore (Arnold) circa 1990.

Doris Jane Moore Biography

Doris Jane Moore was born to Roy Emery Moore and Laura Lucille Kahley in Kenton, Hardin, OH, USA on Saturday, January 3, 1931. Doris always said she was born in Kenton, but while her birth certificate says her parents both lived in Kenton, it also says Doris was born in Goshen township, just east of Pleasant township where most of Kenton is located.

1950’s

In 1951, Doris lived at 803 Lake Avenue in Traverse City, Michigan. She had a couple of odd jobs but got most of her income (approx. $1,100) working for the State of Michigan. Source: 1951 Federal Income Tax Return.

Doris married Laban Daniel Arnold in Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan, USA on Saturday, October 18, 1952.

According to a newspaper clipping, the house Doris lived in when Laban applied for their marriage license was 402 Houston, in Muskegon, which is a vacant lot in 2021.

Laban D. Arnold, 1691 Division street, and Miss Doris Jane Moore, 402 Houston avenue.

Marriage License Applications: Local newspaper

The newspaper clipping announcing their marriage listed their future residence as 1589 Park Street in Muskegon. That address is a vacant lot in 2021.

Children of Doris and Laban include:

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Doris and Laban welcomed their first child in 1953 while living at 620 Marquette Avenue in Muskegon:

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In 1956, their second child arrived while they lived at 620 Marquette Avenue in Muskegon:

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The exact date is unclear, but pictures indicate that Doris and her family moved from 620 Marquette Avenue to 540 Leonard Avenue by Christmas of 1957.

Doris and Laban welcomed their third child in 1958 while living at 540 Leonard Avenue in Muskegon:

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In September of 1958, according to a blood donor thank you note addressed to Laban, we learn that they lived at 540 Leonard Avenue. [Note: The blood donor card and other mail actually say Leonard Street, but Google Maps shows it as Avenue (in 2021) so I’ll refer to it as 540 Leonard Avenue. DEA]

Doris and Laban welcomed their fourth child in 1959 while still living at 540 Leonard Avenue in Muskegon:

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1960’s

Doris and Laban welcomed their fifth child in 1961 while still living at 540 Leonard Avenue in Muskegon:

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Doris and family still lived at 540 Leonard Avenue on May 2, 1962, according to a letter addressed to Doris from Owosso College.

In May of 1963, Doris and her family moved into the house Laban and her built at 4086 Bexley Drive, between Muskegon and Fruitport.

I remember moving to Bexley in May of the year I was in fourth grade, and did not have to finish the school year. I don’t remember how they “evaluated” me, but they passed me through to fifth grade.

Joyce Y. Arnold (aka Randles) Memoirs

Doris and Laban welcomed their sixth and final child in 1964 around a year after moving to 4086 Bexley in Muskegon:

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1970’s

Over the years, beginning in 1973, Doris shared in the joy of the marriage of each of her children:

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1980’s

On February 16, 1987, when Doris was 56, her husband Laban passed away – he was only 57.

1990’s

Doris worked in telephone sales at the Muskegon Chronicle for a number of years between Laban’s passing and her own. [DEA, not certain of exact years.]

2000’s

Doris passed away of pneumonia at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon, Muskegon, MI, USA at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at the age of 71. According to her death certificate, she had diabetes, liver cirrhosis, renal failure, and metabolic acidosis, which contributed to her death but did not directly cause the pneumonia.

Regarding the Memorial service for Doris at Oak-Crest Church of God at 1540 Leonard Avenue in Muskegon:

CALLED HOME

Doris J. Arnold was led by her angel into the presence of her Lord on Tuesday, June 25, 2002, where her husband, Laban, had been waiting. Was surely a glad reunion! Memorial services were held on Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Oak-Crest Church of God with Pastor James Probelski officiating.

Oak-Crest Church of God bulletin, the following Sunday

Doris’s cremation was handled by West Michigan Crematory Services and Clock Funeral Home in Muskegon.

Her six children gathered at the Platte Cemetery on September 1, 2002 for a graveside ceremony to honor her and Laban as they laid their cremains to rest.

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