Born: Wednesday Mar 6, 1935

Died: Friday Jun 1, 2018

Doris "Doodley" Naomi Rutledge Spain

March 6, 1935 - June 1, 2018

Mrs. Doris Naomi Ruthledge Spain, 83, of 711 S Elm Street, earned her wings with her family by her side, after a 6 long year battle with Alzheimer’s, late Friday evening.  Doris, or as she is affectionally called Doodley, has now joined her father, mother, sisters, Margaret Rutledge Reeves, Anna Rutledge Pratt Robertson, Eunice Rutledge Smith, brothers Herbert Rutledge and Wink Rutledge.

A funeral service will be held at 2pm on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Fair Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow service in Ridge-View Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6-8 at Fair Funeral Home and other times at the residence.

Doodley was a faithful member First Presbyterian Church and loved her church family very much .

From an early age, Doris enjoyed sports.  She played high school basketball, and up until a few years ago, Jay would take her to the Girls ACC Tournament for her birthday.  She also took up duckpin bowling starting at the old Spray YMCA, and later the lanes were moved to the Draper Lanes. Doris was a very competitive bowler with having some of the highest games and averages for Ladies Duckpin Association.  She bowled on National tours, from NC. Virginia, Maryland to Rhode Island.  She passed her love of bowling to her daughters, her son-in-law, and her sisters and nieces.  We all bowled with her for many years.  She was inducted into the Eden YMCA Sports Hall of Fame by Bones McKinney for her many years of bowling.  Another love of Doodleys, was going fishing to Harkers Island.  As long as Jay would drive the boat, she along with her sisters would fish all night.  She also loved to travel with Jay in their motor home. Another love of Doodley was square dancing and she and Jay was a member of the Eden Promenade Club for years.   They took trips all over the United States most of the time with her sisters, and good friends, Audrey and Sylvia.  Then Doodley and Jay discovered Pigeon Forge, TN and fell in love with it.  Doodley loved to go to Dollywood and listen to her “boys”, The Kingdom Heirs!   She always thought they were singing just to her and a lot of the time they were!

Doodley was a beautician for over 55 years, she worked out of her shop that Jay built for her in their home.  This way she could along with her customers could babysit her grandchildren as she worked.  Between customers, you could find her teaching Brian and Ben how to catch a ball, or shoot basketball at the goal Jay had put up.

Doodley loved her family.  Jay was the love of her life they were married for over 62 years.  She was very proud and very supportive of her girls, Anita and Michelle, and their husbands, Keith and Kenny.  In the past year, when no one else could get Doodley to eat or drink, Kenny could.  He could always get her to smile.  No one was a bigger fan at the ballgames and hollered at the referees or umpires when Brian, Ben, Summer and Brandon were playing sports.

Doodley survived by her husband, James “Jay” Spain; her daughters, Anita Spain Jennette and husband, Keith, Michelle Spain Curry and husband, Kenny; her grandchildren, Brian Shockley, Ben Curry and wife, Sarah, Summer Craddock and husband, Brandon, Brandon Harbour and fiancée Destiny Roberts; great-grandchildren, Grayson Harbour, Emersyn Curry, Denver Craddock; and great-granddaughter due in September, Charliegh Curry; sister, Lillie Purdy; sisters-in-law, Thad Walker and Yvonne Light; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hasanj for the many years of taking care of their mama; the staff of Advance Home Health, mama and the family fell in love with her nurse Linda Walker and her Aid Felicia Brown.  Also would like to give a special thank you to the Staff of Rockingham Hospice, especially her nurse Ron Harris, they all were so gentle and loving with their mama.  And a special thank you to Donna Taylor for the care she gave for the past six months.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Spain’s memory to Hospice Home of Rockingham County; 2150 NC-65, Reidsville, NC 27320

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Summer and Family, So sorry to hear about your Grandmother. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Rhonda Stanley

To all of Doris’ family, we are so sorry for your loss. Know the past few years have been so difficult to see your sweet mama slip away. I went through this horrible disease with my dad. Thankful she is at rest, but the heartbreak is very difficult. Deepest sympathy to all of you.
Susan & Louis Childrey

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Praying for all of you,
Joyce Hammock

Jay, Anita, Michele and family: Your Mom was one of the sweetest people I knew. She loved her family and she loved her friends. I know how you girls are feeling with such a tremendous loss, but, as Christians, we know she's fully gealed, knows everything and everyone. She's seen Jesus and has been reunited with her family waiting on her. As Christians, we can find peace in knowing that one day we'll be reunited with our loved ones waiting on us. I'm so sorry I can't be there to see you all, but, I'll reach out later. I pray you all will feel that peace that passeth all understanding. Sending you ALL my love and prayers.
Debbie Thompson Horton

Great memories of wonderful fellowship with Doris & Jay way back in the duckpin days! Tammy bowled with Doris, and I put her photo in the Eden Daily News! Such sweet friends,...we will look forward to seeing Doris again soon.
Ken & Tammy Church

To all of the family...Ya'll are all so precious to me. So sorry for your loss but she is free now ! She was a sweet and gentle spirit. Love to you all
Rosie Chrisco

Anita & Michelle - so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ron & Lisa Shively Harbour

Jay and family, We are so sorry to hear about Doris. She was a wonderful lady, we loved her and will miss her so much. Continued prayers for you and your family. Love you all.
Sharon & Jim Opett

We are sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Tammy and Eric Barker

Michelle,I am so sorry for your loss of your Mama. The other week when we were talking about her I did not know this sweet lady was your Mom. She was always so kind & sweet. You were truly blessed to have her.Praying for you & your family.
Phyllis Hall

Dear Spain family.....Just a note to let you all know you've been in my thoughts and prayers!!! So sorry for your loss!!!! God Bless you all!!!
Micki M. Neal

I was very sorry to read of Doris's death. She was my mother's (Ruth Porter <1917-2010>) hair dresser and friend - doe many years. Sincerely, Joe Porter
Joe Porter

To the Spain Family: I am so very sorry about the loss of your wife, Mom, Grandmother. I pray for your comfort now and in the coming days. Precious memories are truly priceless treasures. Hold them close. Love to all, The Davis Family, Tommy, Tammy, Makenzie & Aaron (Psalm 121)
Tammy Davis

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