Doris Mae Courtney, passed away on September 6, 2020 in Cibolo, Texas. Born on May 2, 1944, to Joseph and Mary Konicki, Doris was a coal miner’s daughter. A spunky Pennsylvania girl, raised in Point Marion, Doris grew up surrounded by a loving family full of brothers and sisters: Frances, Constance, Joseph, MaryAnn, Albert & Edward.
Some of her favorite childhood memories were playing marbles, her dogs (Max & Pudgy), enjoying the outdoors, especially the Monongahela River and Friendship Hill. She smiled fondly remembering sliding down their home’s banister, playing and being teased by her siblings and helping her Mom make pies and hanging the wash. She would often sing a jingle she called the Pennsylvania POP: That’s it, Fort Pitt! Duquesne, that’s the name! Duryea, PA, Pennsylvania POP!
After high school, her free spirit brought her to Washington D.C., where she worked as a secretary at the Pentagon. It was there, that she would meet and fall in love with her future husband, Bill Courtney. In the years to follow, they had their two children, Bill and Christina, and eventually relocated to the State of Texas.
Although Doris lost her beloved husband and best friend in 1982, she was one of the most nurturing, supportive, and strong single parents. She stayed busy with many activities including raising and showing basset hounds, library committee, and volunteering at the animal shelter. Being involved in the community, she met many lifelong friends, who have reached out to convey what good times they shared and that she was a fun, loving, and truly special friend.
Doris fell in love with Texas. If you were lucky enough to be one of the many teenagers who frequented the Courtney house, you’d often hear her singing Waylon, Willie, maybe Paul Simon, but definitely her all-time favorite, Neil Diamond. If you were really lucky, you’d get some of her famous perogies. But the luckiest kids of all thought of “Aunt D”, “Granny D”, “Grandma Doe” as a second mother.
One of her greatest joys in life was her grandsons, Conner and Cameron. From after school pick up, snack time, reading and snuggling in bed, to French Fry Fridays, Friday night ‘date nights’, and annual Christmas light drives; every moment spent with those boys is a precious memory for her and for them.
Through her diagnosis, Doris remained eternally optimistic and kept her wicked sense of humor. She was an inspiration. She chose joy; to celebrate every day as a blessing. Brave to the end, there was no fear, just a beautiful grace and peace.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Christina Courtney, her son, Bill Courtney, his wife Michelle Courtney and two grandsons, William Conner and Cameron Joseph. Some of her last thoughts on making her way Home, were to say to her husband, “I’m a little late, but I’ll be there soon.” When we hear Rod Stewart’s song, You’re In My Heart, we’ll be imagining a slow dance reunion in Heaven.