Doane Family Association offers college scholarships

August 10, 2012 National, Scholarships Comments
college student

The Doane Family Association of America, Inc. offers college scholarships. For the 2009-2010 school year 20 students were granted between $1000 and $1500.

Funds are allocated in two ways:

1. The Doane Family Foundation Fund

The Doane Family Foundation assists non-family members who wish to attend Doane College in Crete, NE.

With input from the Doane Family Foundation Board of Directors, Doane College administers this fund and determines the recipients of those funds.

2. The Doane Family Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the family fund is to assist descendants of Deacon John Doane who wish to attend Doane College — or any accredited institution of higher learning. These family scholarships are available for undergraduate studies. The Doane Family Foundation Board of Directors administers this fund.

To apply for a scholarship from the Doane Family Foundation:

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Doane Family Association member or son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter of a DFA member
  2. Full time student enrolled in an undergraduate, degree-seeking program in an accredited institution of higher learning
  3. Demonstrate need by submitting a processed copy of a current year Free Application for Federal
    Student Aid (FAFSA) form
  4. Completion of application and successful essay submission

Steps to apply:

  • By February 28 submit the completed Doane Family Foundation Scholarship application for the following academic year. Send your application form, an essay, and a copy of your current year’s Free Application For Student Aid results (FAFSA) to the address printed on the form.
  • For applicants not attending Doane College a certificate of enrollment for the ensuing year — in their institution of choice — must be submitted to the address noted on the original application. Once received and processed a check is made co-payable to the student and the student’s college.
  • On May 1 the Foundation will announce the scholarship awards and inform the recipients.
How to contribute to the Doane scholarship fund

Scholarships are endowed by the Doane Family Association of America, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your generous financial donation.

To contribute please contact:

Battle Ground Reflector carries Doane news

August 9, 2012 National Comments
Battle Ground Reflector Ken Doane

The newspaper in the north part of Clark County Washington, The Battle Ground Reflector, carried the news about The Doane Family Association of America’s new President, Kenneth M. Doane.

“Ridgefield resident Kenneth M. Doane was elected President of The Doane Family Association of America, Inc. …”

Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.

You can read the entire article on the: The Reflector’s website site.

Merriel M. Ebe

August 8, 2012 Obituaries Comments
Merriel M. Ebe

“Merriel M. Ebe, age 86, of Custer, WA passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Arrangements are pending with Moles Farewell Tributes Main St. Ferndale.” ~ Ferndale Record

Merriel M. Ebe went to be with the Lord on July 28, 2012 in Bellingham, Washington. She was born on January 17, 1926 in Bellingham to Luverne Linderman and Marion Knowles. She was a graduate of Bellingham High School, Western Washington University, and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing. In addition to a satisfying career working as an R.N. Merriel worked for the Ferndale School District for eighteen years. On February 14, 1948 she married Aloys Ebe in Ferndale, Washington.

Merriel was an avid reader and gardener. She was also a weaver and involved with the Peach Arch Weaver’s Guild. Merriel was active in Catholic Daughters of America, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ferndale, the Bellingham Historical Society, the Whatcom Genealogical Society, and the Lynden Pioneer Museum.

She was preceded in death by her husband Aloys and her son-in-law Fred Dorman Jr. Merriel. She is survived by her children Stephen Ebe, Elaine Dorman, and Carol Ebe-Leib (Robert); grandchildren Eric Ebe (Sarah), and Monica Dorman and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ferndale and the Lighthouse Mission, 901 W. Holly St, Bellingham, WA 98225. A visitation will be held on Wednesday August 8th at 5:30 p.m. at Moles Farewell Tributes Ferndale, 2039 Main St, Ferdale, WA. A Rosary service will follow the visitation at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday August, 9th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 5781 Hendrickson Ave, Ferndale, WA. There will be a graveside service following the Mass at 1:00 p.m. at Enterprise Cemetery. After the graveside service there will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall at St. Joseph Church.

Published in Bellingham Herald from July 31 to August 5, 2012

Read more here: Bellingham Herald Obituary.

Leonard Doyle Thornton

August 8, 2012 Obituaries Comments
Leonard Doyle Thornton

Leonard Doyle Thornton, 75, Dec. 28, 1936 April 17, 2012.

Leonard Doyle Thornton, beloved husband of Nancy; father of John Thornton of Tigard and Alice Wright of Portland; grandfather of three, died under the tender care of Kaiser Hospice on April 17. Leonard was born in Oklahoma to Elvis and Irene Thornton. His family came west around 1939 and settled in Canby. He graduated in 1955 from Canby High School, and had fond remembrances of growing up with his friends in the small community. He graduated from Portland State in 1962, where he met Nancy Maddux. They were married in 1963.

His entire career was with the Oregon Department of Human Services. He and Nancy always raised a huge garden. He loved to walk and square dance with the River City Dancers. His death was due to peritoneal mesothelioma. Donations in his memory can be made to Friends of Milwaukie Center.

Published in The Oregonian on April 28, 2012.

Audio interview with Wilma Doane on reading good books

Wilma Doane chats with author Harlan Coben at the Poisoned Pen bookstore. Photo: Ken Doane.

Pictured at left: Wilma Doane and author Harlan Coben at the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Arizona. (Photo: Ken Doane)

Avid reader Wilma Doane is warming up to Kindle but still finding hardback bargain books

Wilma Doane, a resident of Ridgefield, WA is an avid book lover. She reads two to three books a week and makes a point to indulge in “cheap entertainment,” buying a hardback book when it includes an event with the author.

CLICK Play to listen to the audio interview of Wilma Doane.

Last year, she received a Kindle for Christmas. She hasn’t is slowly warming up to the concept of electronic books. She says that it’s not “easy to share books in the same way it is when you can hand off a paperbook or a hardback.” She also laments the difficulty of knowing how close you are to the end of a good book. But she laughs at her transition between the paper and electronic world.

“When I first started using it (the Kindle), I found myself getting my hand ready to turn the page.”

After reading all those books, Doane noticed a trend in authors that she appreciates, combining research of current events to create suspense novels. One of her recent favorites underscored the unsupervised, yet federally funded, wind farms in Wyoming.

“The mystery was woven around all this very relevant, current information, which makes those kind of books interesting to read, besides the mystery [and] wondering what will happen at the end.”

Doane wouldn’t call herself a writer, but during her career as an escrow officer in the title insurance industry she had plenty of opportunity to write. Her development of the company’s first escrow manual became an important training resource.

“When I worked, a lot of my writing was technical writing – writing something so somebody else could understand about something.”

Outside of work, her writing was more inward focused. “When you have something that’s troubling you, if you can write it out, it’s very therapeutic.”

Wilma Doane’s memoire. Photo: Kailynn Doane.

While Doane says she never thought about writing a book, she did compile a spiral-bound notebook of her life’s journey and shared her memoir with family members as a holiday present.

Today, Wilma Doane is retired and loves the freedom of not having deadlines, she says, “Except the ones I create for myself.”

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Doane picnic reunion, Saturday, August 18

August 1, 2012 Events Comments
Families and Relatives 2001

Greetings Oregon, Washington, Idaho Doane cousins!

The Doane Family Association of Oregon Washington and Idaho would like to invite you to our annual family gathering and picnic.

Our last gathering was very lively and we hope by returning to Vancouver, Saturday, August 18 we can continue the great time had by all.

We will have a picnic – not necessarily a potluck as we don’t know how many to anticipate – followed by an informal meeting, election of officers, and then you are free to visit the city or stay and enjoy Hazel Dell Park.

What: Doane Family Picnic Reunion

When: Saturday, August 18, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Hazel Dell Park, 2300 NE 68th St in Vancouver Washington, 98665

Hazel Dell Park is a 20-acre community park and was one of the first built in Clark County. It is located at 2300 NE 68th St in Vancouver Washington just off I-5. Take the 78th St Exit and go East to Hwy 99. Turn south on Hwy 99. Turn East on 68th St. The park will be on your left.

Hazel Dell Park

Doane Family Reunion at Hazel Dell Park on Saturday, August 18 at 11 a.m.

Park facilities include: playground (upgraded in 2006), covered picnic shelter with tables, electricity & water (not reservable), uncovered picnic areas, BBQ grills, trails, sports field, restrooms. Free Parking.

Park fees: none

HEAR THE NEWS!: Members of the chapter who attended the National Reunion in Plymouth MA will share their reports on the national association and ideas on how we can build a stronger local chapter.

Bring your picnic and something to share — items to share can be food, beverage or stories.

Registration is helpful but not mandatory. Visit our eventbrite page at for more information and to register, or click the orange button above.


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