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Word has been received on the death of Doris Utter, 90 of Lawton, Okla., who passed away on Jan. 22, 2017, at her home.
Doris was born of Welch and Fenno-Scandian ancestry. She was born July 13, 1926, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., a daughter of the late John Wesley Utter, Sr. and Margaret Mae Lewis. She was reared from early childhood in Danville, Pa., by her maternal grandparents, George Harry and Sarah Stella Cook Lewis, assisted by her beloved aunts, Kathryn Celia Lewis Henrickson and Dorothy Ida Lewis McCormick.

Doris completed high school in the Danville School system and received her diploma in 1944. She attended University of Colorado College of Letters, Arts and Science from 1963 through 1965. Her education was interrupted with her husband's military service transfers. She went back to Colorado Springs in 1970 and in 1990 earned an associate degree in general studies of Arts and Sciences from Pikes Peak Community College. She was nominated and selected for the College Board Directory recognizing academic excellence.
Doris was employed by many foundations as well as with the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado where she retired in December 1989 having served under General Kelly and General Scott and General Hamm.
Over the years, she served on many boards and foundations to included "Governor Love's Commission" in Colorado on the Status of Women in Government; Sweet Adeline's International 1960-1999; Doris received the Angel Volunteer Award by the Air Force Academy Officers Wives Club and was an associate member of First Baptist East Lawton, Okla.

Doris is survived by her children, Laurel A. Hildebrand Porter, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., John K. Mercier, of Lawrenceville, Ga., William B. Pittenger, of Lawton; grandchildren, Carrie E. Porter, of Klaurens, Albuquerque, N.M., Bryan Joseph Porter, of Pueblo, Colo., Rutham Mercier, Mark Andrew Mercier, Josiah Daniel Mercier, Hannah Elizabeth Mercier, of Lawrenceville, Ga., Elesha Marie Mercier, of Colorado Springs; five great-granddaughters; two great- grandsons; sister, Betty Utter; 10 nieces and nephews; cousins, Chris Paul and wife Karen, of Horseheads, N.Y.,, and William Cook, of Plant City, Fla.

Doris was preceded in death by one brother, John Wesley Utter; one son, Thomas Hildebrand Jr.; her grandparents; and a lifetime friend, Florence Beaver Wildsmith.

Arrangements were under the direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home, Lawton, Okla.
An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.
Published on February 10, 2017
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