Doris Jean DeSaine Millhouse was born the only child to the late Abbie Inez Hammond in Columbia, South Carolina on May 7, 1943. She made her transition on August 31, 2020.
Doris was educated in the public schools of Richland County and was a graduate of C. A. Johnson High School, Class of 1961. She was a hard and dedicated worker for the State Hospital for many years where she later retired. After retirement from the State, she began working for Babcock where she was lovingly known as “Grandma” to the workers and patients. After several years of working at Babock, she retired from there as well.
Doris was well known for her musical talents as a pianist which started at Little Zion Baptist Church but surely did not end there. She played at many churches around the metro area. She later became the MOM (Minister of Music) at Jehovah Baptist Church. There she directed the musical choir which was later renamed to the Victory Voices of Praise. She also spearheaded fundraisers to support the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Alongside her passion for music, she had a love for teaching the youth about God. This led her to become a long standing Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. After her retirement from being MOM, she continued to serve and use her powerhouse vocals on the choir she used to direct.
Doris is survived by her two children who she loved dearly, Sharon (Vincent) Boyd and Stanley Gilmore; three grandchildren, Alicia (Kevin) Rouse, Shareese Gilmore, and Octavia (Jamar) Holmes; six great-grandchildren, Jael, Ja’Siah, Jaycen, Trinity, McKenzie, and Xavier; one brother-in-law, Oree Millhouse; one sister-in-law, Betsy Hudson; four special friends, Viola Kennedy, Dot Glasper, Charliemae Able, and Fristella Branch; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
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