Doris Jean (Knudson) Haltom was "Promoted to Glory" on April 12, 2016.
She was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Cranfills Gap, Texas.
Her Norwegian ancestors immigrated to Texas in the late 1800s. The third of five children, she was raised on a farm and never forgot how much she "hated picking cotton."
Upon graduating from high school in Cranfills Gap as salutatorian, she took the first bus out of town to Dallas where she attended Draughn's Business College and met her future husband, Charles F. Haltom. They moved to Garland in 1956, where they raised their family and later moved to Rowlett in 1971, until her death.
Doris became an insurance claims specialist and worked many years for Union Bankers Insurance. She was fun, outgoing, loved people and never met a stranger. She always had a smile on her face and she was very proud of her hardworking, 100 percent Norwegian heritage and her ancestors' contribution to Texas' rich history.
Her big heart and generous nature easily drew friends to her. She was always willing to pitch in and help in time of need. She loved her family and her church family she met at Joy Lutheran Church in Rockwall, as well as friends she met in other Rockwall and Rowlett social groups.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Haltom; her parents, Emma Pauline Pederson Knudson and Charlie Gunder Knudson; her sisters, Glennie Copeland and Pearl Holt; and her brother, Cecil Knudson.
She is survived by her brother, Eli Knudson of Clifton, Texas; her daughter, Tricia Wiggs and husband Steve of Tyler, Texas; son Richard Haltom and wife Karen of Cary, N.C.; sons Rusty Haltom and Jimmy Haltom of Rowlett, Texas; grandchildren Bryan and Laura Haltom, Erin Wiggs, Nick and Reneé Haltom and Robyn Wiggs; her great-grandchildren, Nate, Luke, Gabe, and Mae Haltom; and a special niece, Hadlee Jackson and her family.
Visitation was at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Joy Lutheran Church in Rockwall, followed by her service at 11 a.m. Interment was scheduled for 4 p.m, at Saint Olaf Cemetery at the "Rock Church" in Cranfills Gap.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Hospice of East Texas Home Place for their loving care.
If desired, memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, or Joy Lutheran Church, Rockwall.
Resthaven Funeral Home - Rockwall Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Published on April 20, 2016