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Doris Elaine Tennison passed away on September 3, 2020, in Llano, Texas, at the age of 75. She was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on February 19, 1945. 

Her dad, Murrel Thomas Cruzen, was stationed in the Army at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. However, just before her birth, he was transferred to Camp Barkeley in Abilene, Texas. The family then was transferred to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and her dad was discharged shortly after World War II was over. 

The family then moved to Cleveland, Oklahoma, where Doris grew up and attended Cleveland Public Schools and graduated from Cleveland High School in 1963. She was employed for a short time with Cleveland Lakeside Times in 1962-63 and Cleveland Area Hospital in 1963-64. 

She then moved to Tulsa and worked as a nurse’s aide for Tulsa Regional Hospital from 1964-68. She also worked for Silvey Insurance Company in 1968. On January 6, 1969, she was hired by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a key punch operator. She was promoted to computer attendant shortly after. In August 1975, SWBT moved the accounting department where she worked from Tulsa. She moved to Oklahoma City and was promoted to advanced computer attendant. For a short seven months, Doris worked as a data processing clerk in 1998 in the Network Department. She was then returned back to advanced computer attendant in SWBT/SBCSI. She retired from Southwestern Bell Corporation Services Inc. on August 25, 2003, in Oklahoma City with 34 years’ perfect attendance.

Doris attended college at Tulsa Business College, Tulsa Junior College, Rose State College in Midwest City, and Dallas Baptist University in Oklahoma City through the company’s videoconferencing with DBU from 1998-2001.

Doris also attended SWBT’s company classes for NMA in Tulsa and Unix and other sundry automated office systems classes at the training center in Oklahoma City as well as telesciences courses in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and St. Louis, Missouri. 

Doris was at work in Oklahoma City when the Alfred Murrah Federal Building was bombed on April 19, 1995.

In July 1979, Doris was married to Jerry Douglas Tennison by Dr. Charles Tope at Northwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. They were married for 40 years.

Doris was director and teacher of the fourth-grade Sunday school at Portland Avenue Baptist Church. She also taught in Training Union at First Baptist Church of Cleveland and Training Union Girls Auxiliary and Sunday School previously at Northwest Baptist Church. They were active members at PABC since 1985.

Doris became a Christian when she was 11 years old in 1956 and was baptized on March 8, 1957, at First Baptist Church in Cleveland. She was active in Sunday school, Training Union, and Girls Auxiliary, where she learned many Scripture verses, which sustained her throughout her life. Psalm 23 and Philippians 4:19, being just a couple.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Douglas “PeeWee” Tennison, and parents, Imogene and Murrel Cruzen. She is survived by her son, Jerry Dale Tennison and wife Sharon; two grandsons, Bryan and Weldon Tennison; and three sisters, Bea and Jack Linville of Fair Play, Missouri, Brenda and Ed Thompson of Oklahoma City, and Carolina Lohmeyer of Springfield, Missouri. 

A memorial service will be held when health conditions allow in Dickens, Texas. 

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone at Celeste Care of Llano for taking amazing care of Doris and loving her. Also, thank you to Solaris Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson’s research at

Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes Inc. of Llano. Email condolences to