Doris Joan Akin (February 20, 1936 — April 12, 2019)
Our Mother, Grandmother and Friend, Doris Akin, passed away peacefully at home on April 12. She was born in Delta, Colorado, to John Stanley and Hazel Virginia Finley. Doris grew up in Delta, where she graduated from high school. She married Richard Akin on December 28, and they spent 53 years together. He preceded her in death in 2008. Doris and Richard had two children; Curtis (Mary) Akin of Eckert and Celina Akin of Rifle.
In the early years she worked at Ben Franklin and Skyland Foods coring and peeling apples. She was a mother and housewife. Once her children were grown she worked for Colorado Mountain College as an instructor, and for the senior programs driving the Traveler. She loved to drive.
Doris served her community as a 4-H and Girl Scout leader. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Rebecca’s and the New Castle Women’s Club.
Doris loved her children, grandchildren, and many animals, especially horses, dogs and cats. She enjoyed gardening and frequent road trips. She liked baking, sewing and cake decorating.
Doris was the older sister to twin brothers Don (Marty) Finley of Colorado Springs, and Ron (Loretta) Finley of Montrose. Don preceded her in death.
In addition to her son and daughter Doris is survived by 5 grandchildren: Melissa Akin of Grand Junction, Elizabeth (Chris) Fenton of Grand Junction and Zach (Ashley) Akin of Midland, Texas, and Michael Schausten and Kristine Schausten, both of Grand Junction; and seven great-grandchildren.
Doris had a welcoming heart and enjoyed family and friends. She was much loved and will be deeply missed.
A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle. Ross Talbott Sr. will officiate. A gathering of friends and family will follow the service at Davidson Park in Rifle on Seventh and Fir Avenue. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Rifle Funeral Home.
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