Doris Marie (Switzer) Cloud, 96, peacefully passed away surrounded by family, on July 19,2022, in Homedale, ID. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Greenleaf Friends Church, 20535 Academy Rd, Greenleaf. Family only graveside to follow.
Doris was born March 15, 1926, to Richard "Kent" and Jessie (Nakken) Switzer in Riverside, Calif. She and her parents moved to Idaho in 1930, and farmed in the Greenleaf, Wilder and Caldwell areas. Her siblings, Kenneth and Donna, joined the family later.
Doris had a talent growing plants and creating fantastic flower arrangements. As a high schooler, she worked in Caldwell at a local greenhouse, gaining extra plant knowledge. She loved the outdoors, sewing projects, reading and keeping up with family. She had good memories of working fields with her father, topping beets, driving tractor, and working with high school friends in the fields. Doris had stories of being elementary age, helping her dad out in the field. She remembered assisting with hand gathering seed, working in the dark with a miner’s lamp on her head. She and Delmar Cloud attended Greenleaf Friends Academy, and they knew they were meant to be. They were married on December 10, 1944, just before he deployed for WWII. Soon after, they moved to Tacoma, WA for Basic Training, where Doris worked at Brown and Hailey, the Almond Roca and candy bar maker. She used to look at photos of herself in that time frame, sigh happily, and say, “I gained so much weight when I worked there.”
Doris and Delmar had a happy life raising four children, farming, traveling, serving in various groups like VOW and MAF, and rockhounding. She raised and butchered family chickens, worked in the family’s sugar beet and potato harvests, and canned and prepared the family’s food. She was lovingly known throughout the family as an “Annie Oakley” sharpshooter, and was particularly good at getting pests out of her fruit trees.
Doris and Delmar served in Surinam for a brief while with MAF. It was a special time for them, knowing they were supporting the ministry with helping build a new airport hangar, with concrete blocks sturdy enough to stop 30 caliber shells. They used the time to witness to locals and understand their culture. They had stories of what the locals ate and what the day to day life was like. The two of them enjoyed other trips for pleasure, like going to Australia, snowbirding with friends to Arizona, and day trips through Mexico. After Delmar’s passing in 1993, Doris married Jack Slade in 2002 and enjoyed his company. After Jack’s passing, she moved to Friendsview Retirement Community, in Newberg, OR, then most recently, moved to Grace Independent Living, Caldwell.
She was preceded in death by brother Kenneth, husbands Delmar Cloud and Jack Slade, and daughter Carolyn (Cloud) Pittman. She is survived by her sister Donna (Switzer) Zell, of Hope, Indiana; three children, Martin (Julie) Cloud of Homedale, Sheryl (Jim) McNelly of Canby, OR, and Roger Cloud of Indian Valley; 13 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Memorials can be sent to Greenleaf Friends Academy, P.O. Box 368, Greenleaf, ID, 83626.
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