Doris E. Breland

September 15, 1935 ~ July 19, 2010

Doris E. Young Breland, 74, of Lake Charles passed away peacefully at 10:10 AM on July 19, 2010 in a local hospital.

Doris was born on September 15, 1935 in Leakesville, Mississippi. She was an honor graduate of Leakesville High School. After graduation she pursued her love for the piano studying music at the University of Southern Mississippi. She was an avid Old Miss Rebel fan. Doris moved to Lake Charles in 1969, where she worked in the banking field until 1974. She then entered the construction industry until retirement. She was employed by Furlow Laughlin, Tri J Construction, and Davies Construction. Doris was a Charter member of the Lake Charles Chapter of Women in Construction and served as President for several terms. She was also a charter member of the Memorial Hospital Service District Board.

She is survived by one her son Robert Young of Lake Charles, step daughter Lil Tillman and family and step son Brian Breland and family of Mobile, Alabama, brothers Eugene Elmore and wife Inez of Huntsville, Alabama, Dr. Gary Elmore and wife Golda of Mobile, Alabama, several nieces and nephews, and many loving friends.

Doris is preceded in death by her parents Samuel and Myrtle Elmore and her husbands Bob Young and Bob Breland.

The family would like to thank Dr. Nisar and his staff and also the staff at Christus St. Patrick Hospital for all of their kind care and compassion.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Doris to the Charity of ones choice.

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  1. As a member of NAWIC I visited with Doris Donna on many occasions (Convention, Forum, etc.) She always had the grace and knowledge of a person three times her age. Always ready to help and give a sholder to cry on. My husgand met her at a NAWIC function and they had a great conversation and laughed a lot. He always has asked about her and I would keep him updated. Please accept our deepest sympathy. She was someone we considered a friend and we will miss her smileing face and spirit.

  2. My sincere condolences at the lost of OUR wonderful DORIS. From the time I met Doris and Donna at my first regional NAWIC function, I have always looked forward to see Doris again and again. I will now look forward to seeing Doris again in our heavenly home. She always loved me and I loved her. Jack and I were guests in her home when I was Region 5 Director and we were treated as though we were royalty. I love you Doris and set us up a NAWIC Chapter in Heaven. We will be joining you soon. Love, Peggy

  3. My sincere sympathy to the Elmore,Young Breland families. Robert's Mom was one of smartest and bravest I have ever known and she never let her friends down. I'll miss our trips,our gab sessions and even our arguments! Goodbye my dear friend. djh

  4. My sincere sympathy to the family of this dynamic, lovely lady. Our paths crossed shortly after Doris became a member of NAWIC and I always looked forward to being with her and Donna at those events. We had such good times and I cherish those memories. She will be truly missed by all.

  5. Robert our family is so sorry about your mom. You are like family to us. If you ever need anything please let us know. The Breaux Family

  6. Robert, Ed and I have you in our prayers. You have been the most wonderful son that any mother could ever ask for and I know that will be a comfort to you during these sad times. Although your mom and I have been separated by miles for 30 years, other than occasional visits, we were always joined by a common love of each other. She and I were young together, raising our kids, partying, sharing, and even working together in later years. She was so very brave, and never gave up. Her little body simply wore out… God bless you,Robert.Marlyn and Ed

  7. Robert, I am so sorry to hear about your mom…..the last time I saw her was at my parent's 50th anniversary, about 13 years ago…too long! She was her usual, wound-up self!! So much fun and full of joy and talking about her Ole Miss Rebels!! I know you will miss her terribly and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Kat

  8. Robert, so sorry to hear about your mother. May God comfort you as you hold her memories dear. She was very blessed to have such a wonderful son. You will be in my prayers.

  9. Robert, we are so sorry for you loss. You are such a wonderful son, I could tell that while we were all in ICU together this past month. I'm sure your mother is so proud of you.Cindy Beville and Brian Breaux

  10. Robert, we were so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Her laughter and fun-loving spirit will always be warm memories for both of us.

  11. The NAWIC organization is missing a wonderful sister today. Her smile always lit up the room where ever she went. I have great memories of OUR Doris. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. To the family of my NAWIC sister- o have known Doris from the time that NAWIC became a part if her life. Vshe was small in stature but mighty in knowledge and always spoke her mind whether it be NAWIC or the Ole Miss Rebels and we did have a few time during all of these years to discuss a little sports because I am a avid Arkansas Razorback fan. I know Doris had suffered for some time and take comfort that she suffers no more and that beautiful smile and wonderous laugh can be seen and heard once again. May the Lord embrace each of you as you say goodbye to such a wonderful lady.Joyce A. LemonsPast National NAWIC PresIdent

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