Doris Goldsworthy, 95, passed away peacefully at the Stevens Point Care Center on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.

She was born on Nov. 13, 1925, in Three Lakes, Wis., where she lived until 2016. Her parents, Oscar and Dena Lawonn, owned and managed Twin Oaks Resort on Crooked Lake, where Doris and her siblings grew up.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walt; her parents; her sister, Ruth Schwartz; and brothers, Warren “Bud” Lawonn and Richard “Dick” Lawonn.

Always devoted to caring for others, Doris trained to be a Nurse Cadet during World War II, though the war ended before she was needed. She graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Wausau, Wis., in 1947, and in 1971, Doris helped to establish the Coronary/Intensive Care Unit as an RN at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, Wis.

Even into her 70s she was involved in nursing and volunteering for many community programs. She finally retired in 1997, at the age of 72.

In 1951, Doris Lawonn married Walt Goldsworthy. They both loved to travel and experienced the friendship and hospitality of towns across the USA.

In addition to their human companions, the care and appreciation of creatures, both domestic and free, was important to Doris and Walt and was a quality they passed down to their children and grandchildren.

With Walt, she shared a passion for the environment, nature preservation and education, and an appreciation for local history. The Sam Campbell Nature Trail and the Three Lakes Historical Museum are two of many examples of local pride to which Doris and Walt were major contributors.

Doris was also a long-time supporter and advocate for the Three Lakes Library.

The Three Lakes community took the opportunity to thank and recognize Doris for her decades of giving back by naming her Grand Marshal of the 2013 Fourth of July Parade.

A favorite memory of both children and grandchildren was Christmastime at Grandma’s. Each year, the family cut down a huge tree on the way to Doris and Walt’s apartment complex and decorated it together, to be displayed in the atrium for all residents to enjoy. The decorating was always followed by a dinner of Grandma’s specialties.

Doris is survived by her son, John; daughter, Wendy (Jim) Robinson; four grandchildren, Julie, Christine, Emma and Will; and three great-grandchildren, Maddie, Nate and Gracie; and many nieces and nephews.

Her family would like to extend a sincere “Thank you” to her caregivers at Ascension Hospitals, and especially to the dedicated people at Stevens Point Care Center and Inclusa, who displayed so much compassion, respect and friendship to Doris. They worked daily to overcome the pandemic obstacles that prevented families from being with their loved ones, often without recognition. We are forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers, please consider gifts to Demmer Memorial Library or the Three Lakes Historical Society in Three Lakes, in Doris’ name, http://www.demmer­library.org/library-administration/library-services/memorial-gifts; https://www.threelakesmuseum.org/store/p173/Donation_in_Memoriam_.html.

Services will be set for a future date to be determined.

Arrangements by Gaff­ney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.

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