Obituary for Doris Fritz Dunlap | Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service
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Doris Fritz Dunlap

May 20, 1926 ~ June 22, 2019 (age 93)

Doris Fritz Dunlap was born on a farm in Garrett, Pa, Her childhood was filled with ponies, cows, dogs, cats and all the joy of living on a farm with her devoted parents, two brothers and a sister.  Doris was born a twin.  Her sister, Dorothy passed away shortly after birth.  

She left the farm for college where she met her husband, John C. Dunlap, who predeceased her eight years ago.  They were married 62 wonderful years.  Her surviving children include a daughter, Gwen Burroughs (Richmond, VA) a son, Bret Dunlap and his wife, Celeste (Villanova, PA) and daughter-in-law, Susan Dunlap (Lake Worth, FL). The third sibling, Brad Dunlap, passed away in 2006.  In addition, there are six grandchildren, Elizabeth and husband Michael Doerr, Davis, Alyssa, Brad, Austin, Bryce and one great grandson, Luke.

Doris was an accomplished artist at heart, but also loved teaching and music.  She attained a masters degree while teaching kindergarten to inner city children in Harrisburg, Pa.  She also taught 4th grade humanities at the same inner- city school district.  But, she was mostly known for her love of painting.  She was inspired by years of traveling to many parts of Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, India, Greece, Egypt, South America, China, Japan, and Hong Kong, and extensively throughout the U.S.  She studied art wherever she lived, PA, FL and NC.  She also taught classes to both children and adults at Duke University.  She participated in over 70 juried and invitational art shows. She was co-owner of an art gallery in Palm Beach, FL.  Her work has been described as impressionist/abstract reflecting her experiences in travel and her imaginative style.  

She was also a lover of music and taught piano.  She is credited for co-founding the Harrisburg, Pa Opera Society.  Her creativity and love of learning extended across all areas of her life.  

Doris was a devout member of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, in Burlington, NC.  She is listed in Women in the Arts, and was an active member of the American Association of University Women, along with many other organizations. 

Doris was a free spirit and embraced joy and laughter.  She loved her family and friends and never stopped looking forward to new experiences and opportunities.  

 A celebration of Doris’ life will be held Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm at The Twin Lakes Community, May Foley Chapel, Burlington, NC.

Doris has requested that memorial donations be made to “Twin Lakes Community” (please put in memo field “For Residence Assistance Fund”), where Doris resided since 2008.

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