Doris Culton Singleton
Doris Culton Singleton was many things, including being a fantastic mother
and an excellent homemaker. Let us trace her life through the various places
she lived, where she made each one a home.
Don Henry Culton married Velma Lanford
and had a daughter, Doris Culton. Velma died when Doris was 4, and Don
married Ora Cook Innis of Happy Texas on 1/2/1921 when Doris was 6-1/2
years old. Ora had first been married to Charles Innes on 10/28/1912, but he
died 10/10/1918, after having 2 children who both died in infancy.
Ora (Nana) and Don (Papa) got married in Tulia
and stayed there with Doris for 5 years before moving to Amarillo in
In Amarillo Doris, Don, and Ora lived at 1921 Harrison. Doris married William Madison
"Rip" Singleton, and after moving several times during the war, including
a short stay in Purcell, Oklahoma, they returned to Amarillo, and moved into
While living at 3300 Tyler, Doris and Rip brought three sons into the world:
Don James Singleton (born January 22, 1943), William Madison Singleton, Jr,
(born October 26, 1946) and Robert Culton Singleton (born October 17, 1951).
When Bob was a small baby (Feb or March of 1952) the family moved to Pasadena,
Texas, and lived at 1007 Natchez. Ora Sue Singleton (born September 18, 1955)
was a small baby when the family moved to 704 Canary Circle early in 1956.
704 Canary Circle was home to this extraordinary homemaker for almost twenty
years, as she raised her four children, instilling in them values such as a
belief in Christ, and a love for learning (all four went on to study at the
University of Texas at Austin).
When Rip retired he and Doris moved back to Amarillo in May, 1975 and lived
at 3143 SW 28th. Rip died in June 1982, but Doris continued to live at
3143 SW 28th until July of 1994, when she moved to the 1300 S. Jackson,
The Continental, room 504.
Doris lived in an Independent Living apartment at the Continental until
November of 1996, at which time some family members felt she needed to
either live with a family member, or at least in a family member's city
so she could be visited on a daily basis. Many families argue over who
HAS to take care of an aging parent. In our case it was a little different.
All four siblings were not only willing but eager to have our mother either
move into their house, or to move into an independent or assisted living
facility in their city, where they were eager to make daily visits. So we
did not argue over who HAD to take care of our
mother; we argued over who would HAVE THE PRIVILEGE
of taking care of our mother. In November of 1996
mother moved to Orland, Florida where two of her four children, and five of
her six grandchildren, lived.
Initially she moved into Central Park Village, where she lived for two
months, and then lived alternately with Bob and Stephanie and Brad
and Sue for almost the next 2 years. She lived in a
private room at NHC Orlando for 5 months.
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