Doris M. Waters (Titus)

Date of Death: 
May 29th, 2021

Doris M. Waters (nee Titus), age 94, was born to Edmund and Lillie (Davis) Titus on September 3, 1926 and was raised in the Frankford section of Philadelphia and lived most recently in Bustleton. She had six brothers and one sister, and attended school in the Philadelphia School District. As a young woman she worked in the main office of the American Store in Center City and enjoyed the New Jersey shore during the summer months. While in Wildwood, New Jersey she met her husband Joseph and they were married at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in West Philadelphia on October 22, 1949. She became the proud mother of three children; son Joe and daughters Patti and Joan. Doris was a stay at home Mom for many years but returned to work to secure college funds for her children. Her dedication to her family and strong work ethic were unmatched. She spent many years as the office manager at Kresge’s 5 and 10 store on Frankford Ave and later at the McCory’s store in the same location. During her free time she was an avid bingo player at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall and later at the clubhouse at Park Place One in Bustleton. She also enjoyed playing the slot machines in both Atlantic City and, more recently, at the Parx Casino in Bensalem. A strong, fiercely independent and dedicated woman, Doris lived a life filled with much faith, hope and love and also endured her share of heartbreak and struggle as well. She courageously battled macular degeneration for which she valiantly received treatment for the past five years. She did not let her increasing lack of mobility deter her from seizing every opportunity to get out of her apartment to go for lunch or for a long ride in the country. Recently, she attended a party for her husband’s 100th Heavenly Birthday celebration at the beginning of April. After a brief stay in the hospital, she transitioned to hospice care at her son’s home on Mother’s Day. All of her children and grandchildren arrived on that day to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day and welcome her on this new stage of her life’s journey. Her family rallied together and selflessly cared for her around the clock, bringing her much peace and joy in her final days. While in hospice she was also lovingly attended to by members of the Holy Redeemer Hospice Care Team, who provided the family with respite and much needed support.Doris was predeceased by her husband Joe, her parents, and her siblings. She is survived by her three children; Dr. Joseph M. Waters of Hatboro, PA, Patricia M. Farrell (Patrick) of Blue Bell, PA and Joan M. Hooven (Jim) of Philadelphia. She is also blessed with eight grandchildren; Colleen Hemberger (Matt), Meghan Oppenheimer (Justin), Patrick Farrell (Greta), Joe Farrell, Jaclyn Hooven, Caitlin Hooven (Brook Hart), Kelly Hooven, and Allison Hooven. Additionally, she is graced with six great grandchildren. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Louis C. Galzerano Funeral Home at 9304 Old Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia and again from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Thursday morning. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday morning, June 3, 2021 at the Maternity BVM Church at 11:30 AM at 9220 Old Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in her memory to Good Days, 2611 Internet Blvd, Suite 105, Frisco, Texas 75034.

Memories and Condolences

Joe, Patty, and Joan I am so grateful, thankful, and privileged to know your mom. During her time at hospice, you surrounded Doris with much love, caring, and compassion. It is never easy to lose a parent. I pray for your peace and comfort as you continue your life journey. The memory of your mother will give you comfort, and her legacy will live through you all. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.
Joe, Patti, and Joan, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a wonderful and loving woman. She was so proud of her family and loved being with all of you. May fond memories of your mom bring you comfort during this hard time in your life
Dear Joe, Patty and Joan, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in Peace Mrs. Waters.
Aunt Doris was an amazing woman. She was caring, hard working,independent,so proud of her family, and very humble. I was blessed to know her and to be able to visit with her recently. She raised her children to be like her so you will support each other and share happy memories of your mom and dad.

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