Friday, September 26, 2003

Doris Hunt Wallace, Redwood volunteer

By Chris Mayhew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

PARK HILLS - Doris Hunt Wallace, 74, a dedicated volunteer, died Saturday at O'Fallon Health Care Center in O'Fallon, Ill.

"Everyone she dealt with, whether family, church members or friends - she somehow instilled in them the belief they were number one," said her son, Jim of Fort Wright.

Mrs. Wallace helped special needs children at Redwood School & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Mitchell during the 1960s and 1970s, her son said.

"It's an interesting thought that a person who did not have a child in that condition was willing to get involved, because many of the volunteers had a child there," he said. At age 40, Mrs. Wallace went back to school to become a licensed practical nurse. She spent several years helping to deliver babies in the 1970s at the former Booth Hospital in Covington, her son said.

Along with her husband Calvin T. Wallace, who died in 1996, Mrs. Wallace taught young adults to square dance at the Willard Wade YMCA branch in Covington during the 1960s.

Other survivors include sons, John of Carmichael, Calif., Kent of Gorton, N.Y., Chris of Burlington, Wisc., and Brad of Florence; a daughter, Joy Zimmer of Fairview Heights, Ill.; and 13 grandchildren.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at Allison & Rose Funeral Home in Taylor Mill. A second visitation will be at 8 a.m., and service at 9 a.m., Saturday at Community of Faith Presbyterian Church in Covington. Burial will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill.

Memorials: Redwood School & Rehabilitation Center, 71 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell 41017; or Community of Faith Presbyterian Church, 1400 Highland Pike, Covington, KY 41011.


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