Funeral services for P. Doris Bjortvedt, 84, of Conroe will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 12:30 p.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Rev. John Frazier officiating. Interment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, March 30, 2007 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.
Pauline Doris (Arvidson) Parker/Bjortvedt was born June 30, 1922 in Hackensack, New Jersey to Paul and Mary (Miller) Arvidson and passed away March 28, 2007 at the Odyssey House In-Patient Hospice Care in Conroe, Texas. Doris married Wesley B. Parker on March 21, 1947 at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City, New York. After the couple married, they lived in Hackensack, New Jersey and began a family as Doris became a homemaker and Wes went to sea as a Merchant Marine. They moved to Baytown, Texas in 1961 as Wes became a Houston Ship Channel Pilot and then finally they moved to Conroe, Texas in 1975. Wes passed away in 1987. Doris remarried Louis (BJ) Bjortvedt on February 14, 1990 at the Marchione’s Emporium in Conroe, Texas.
Doris was a homemaker and loving wife to her husband, Wesley, and later husband, Louis (BJ), and proud mother of her four children: three sons, Paul Parker and wife Cyndy of Murrieta, California, Wes Parker, Ph.D. and wife Melody of Flower Mound, Texas and Rev. David Parker and wife Vickie of Conroe, Texas; and one daughter, Mary Lou Parker of Tyler, Texas; and doting grandmother to nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Doris served as a civil defense worker during World War II. She served in the Church throughout her life---Episcopal, Church of the Nazarene, and in her latter years, Mims Baptist Church. She served 30 years in the Auxiliary Volunteers of the Conroe Regional Medical Center in such areas as the Christmas stockings for December babies, wreathes for newborns, and Santa and Easter Bunny gifts and visits---being awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award in 1998. She served the Greater Conroe Area/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce from 1997 to 2004---most notably at the Information Depot where she greeted people to Conroe from across the nation and world. She continually served her community through other ways such as volunteer work for area elementary schools and as an integral part of the River Plantation community.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary Arvidson; two husbands, Wesley Parker and later Louis (BJ) Bjortvedt; two sisters, Hielda Evans and Ruth Schilg; and daughter, Mary Lou. Doris was assured of and witnessed to her eternal salvation by Jesus Christ and is in Heaven today with her saved loved ones.