Doris Lemen

Doris Lemen (Alford)

October 4, 1921 - July 21, 2020
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On Tuesday, July 21st, 2020, the world got a lot less sweet. No, we aren’t just talking about her Banana Pudding. Doris Alford Lemen, 98 of Pine Bluff has prompted a celebration in the VIP section of heaven the size of which we can only imagine.
Born on October 4, 1921 in Pine Bluff to former fire chief George M and Carrie Verret Alford, Doris was a lifelong resident of Pine Bluff. She met the love of her life, Guy Lemen while in high school and spent a beautiful 60 years married to her very best friend. Doris attended Pine Bluff High School and later Pine Bluff Beauty College. She was a friend & surrogate mother to anyone who sat at the counter of their snack shop, in one of her chairs at the Lemen Ade to Beauty or next to her on the pew. The campground in Heaven is officially planning a massive potluck to celebrate this former member of the National Campers and Hikers Association, the Good Samaritans and Campers in Mission camping clubs. Doris was a permanent fixture at East Side Baptist Church where she was a member of the King’s Daughters Sunday School class as well as being a Sunday School teacher for more than 25 years.
Doris leaves behind a legacy of the best (and best smelling!) hugs on the planet, a banana pudding that cannot be topped, and has passed onto her surviving family members the ability to laugh through any situation as well as a vocabulary full of Southern nuggets like “epizutics,” “whoopsie!” and of course, the favorite, “Praise God and Thank Ya Jesus!” She will be remembered every time we giggle uncontrollably, every time we eat delicious Southern food and especially every time we smell her signature face cream.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her Husband Guy Lemen and her son, George. She is survived by her grandchildren Rob Lemen, Kristin Harper, James Akin and (partner in crime) Elizabeth Lemen, as well as daughter in law Carla Lemen and great grandchildren Cameron, Cameron, Ian and Joe.
Burial will be on Friday, July 31st at Graceland Cemetery. A memorial service will take place at a later date once it is safe for more family to travel.
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    Graceland Cemetery
    2493 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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Cindy Mcvay

Posted at 02:34pm
I am so sorry. Heaven has a new angel. My first memory of Doris and Guy were the Huddle when I was in high school and then Eastside Baptist church. They were both wonderful people.

Debbie Edwards

Posted at 01:09am
Mrs. Doris Lemen was the first Sunday School teacher that I remember. When East Side's main sanctuary was being built and there was still a dirt floor, she brought her class in there and we sat on concrete blocks and listened to her story. For a 5 yr old, that was a "big" deal !!.

Brenda Norton

Posted at 06:27pm
My condolences and most sincere prayers to all of the Lemen family. Doris was a “True Life Experience”. For those who never met her, they have honestly missed a wonderful life opportunity. I am humbled and honored to have been able to meet such an amazing woman. I will always remember the conversations and funny moments with love, laughter and joy. I will always think of her when I make apple butter. The Doris Experience was one of the best ones in my life!

Catherine Smith

Posted at 01:37pm
My many memories of going to Mrs, Lemen's home with George and classmates are many. She was always so kind and always had treats for us. We will all miss her but never forget her. My condolences to all her family

Tamara Cuthbertson

Posted at 01:39am
I did not know Mrs. Lemen personally but my mother, Mignon Tedder, was in her Sunday School class at East Side Baptist Church for a number of years. I know Mother thought very highly of her because she mentioned she and her husband often. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints." Psalm 116:15 May God bless each of you who are left to cherish her memory.

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