Doris Jean (Walker) Spraggins was born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 21, 1950, to the union of Eddie and Lillian Walker. She was the second eldest of four children. Both parents and her husband, John Spraggins, preceded her in death.
Doris received her school education in the St. Louis public school system and received her GED. Doris was employed as a nurse’s aide in 1976 with Carson Towers, where she remained for five years. Doris enjoyed helping others and being a caregiver with Masonic Home for over nine years. In 1986, Doris became a Certified Nurse Assistant through Masonic Homes, and in February of 1989, Doris graduated from Al-Med Academy receiving a diploma in Medical Assistance. Doris completed 50 hours towards a certification as a Nurse Technician at St. Louis Community College, Allied Health Continuing Education. In 1990, Doris worked as a nurse for St. Louis University Hospital (SLU) and was there until she retired.
Doris accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1997. She was baptized in Jesus Name, tarried, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the spirit gave utterance at Lively Hope Church, under the leadership of Pastor, Elder Hildred, and First Lady Beverly Dillard. Doris was a faithful servant and Mother at Lively Hope Church until her transition from labor to reward.
Doris had a special bond with her siblings, especially her only brother Ronnie. Doris had four children whom she loved very much and wanted to do well in life. The love she had was always displayed and evident when she spent time with her family and close friends.
Doris enjoyed the road trips with her church family, especially visiting Branson, MO. Throughout her saved life, Doris was always willing and ready to pray, witness, and teach Jesus to others along with sharing the importance of putting God first and ensuring that He was the head of her life. Her family and friends are grateful and thankful to have had such a kind, friendly, and outgoing person to call mother, mother-in-love, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend.
Doris leaves to cherish memories with: one daughter, Sylvia Bailey of St. Louis, MO; three sons, James (Vanteen) Bailey of Orlando, FL, and Timothy and Clifford Walker of St. Louis, MO; special daughter figure and close friend, Chantel Moore; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings, two sisters, Patricia (George) Allen and Diane (Tommy) Clemons, and one brother, Ronnie Walker all of St. Louis, MO; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. –II Timothy 4:7-8
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