Doris Petrine Gilpin
Oct. 27, 1912-Nov. 26, 2013
Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Doris Gilpin peacefully passed away on Nov. 26 having lived a full 101 years. She is survived by her children John Gilpin and Mike Gilpin; daughters-in-law Gail Gilpin, Yvonne Gilpin, and former daughter-in-law Betsy Gilpin; grandchildren Laura (Gilpin) Olson, Joe Gilpin, and Katy (Gilpin) Powers; and great grandchildren Luke, Charlotte, and Clark Olson, and Henry Gilpin. Doris was preceded in death by her husband Chester (Chet) Gilpin and son Jim Gilpin.
Born Doris Petrine Johnson, she was raised in the small town of Mineota, Minnesota, and was of 100 percent Icelandic heritage. She was the 6th born in a farming family of 7 children, all of whom graduated from college. She married Chet in 1936 and, with a spirit of adventure, they relocated to California in 1940 so he could earn his Ph.D. They remained in California as Chet served in WWII as a naval officer and then raised their family. They were happily married for 60 years and traveled the world together. She was particularly pleased to visit relatives in Iceland whom she had not previously met. Doris was a devoted wife and mother who cared for her family and was very generous. Doris was loved and will be missed.
A family memorial service will be held in San Diego Rosecrans National Naval Cemetery at a future date.