Obituary: Eleanor Faye (James) Doka
Eleanor Faye (James) Doka, 85, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great- grandmother and great-great-grandmother, entered into eternal life on Thursday, July 4, 2013. Eleanor was born May 10, 1928, in Clarkdale, Ariz., to Casper and Anne P. James.
She was an enrolled member of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe of Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frederick (Dogka) Doka Sr., son Stuart P. Doka, daughter Sharon Hunter, brother Leonard James, and sisters Martha (James) Two Crow and Effie Starr.
Eleanor graduated for the Phoenix Indian High School, Phoenix, Ariz. She also graduated from the Yavapai County Hospital's nurses training program, where she received a certificate as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). While working as an LPN for several years at the Yavapai County Hospital, she received various awards for her outstanding professional nursing care. A patient was so thankful that he named a street Doka Drive in her honor.
After retiring from Yavapai County Hospital, in 1982, she worked another 25 years for the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe as the community heath representative until she became ill.
Eleanor received an associate of arts degree from Yavapai Prescott College in 1985. She was one of first Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribal members to receive a college degree. Her accomplishment was an inspiration, not only to family, but to friends and co-workers as well.
She was always very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's academic achievements. She encouraged them to be the best in whatever they choose to be.
Eleanor was adamant when it came to traditions/culture, health and education to her family and tribal members. She served several terms on the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribal Board of Directors. She served on the Culture Committee. She narrated the audio recording on "How to make Yavapai Baskets" which is on display at the Sharlot Hall Museum. She was also a member of the group "Who's Who in America."
Eleanor is survived by her son Frederick Doka Jr. (Debra) of Carmichael, Calif.; daughters Janet Jones (Ernest) of Prescott, Ariz., and Rebecca Doka of Prescott, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. July 12, 2013, at the Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S. Cortez, Prescott, Ariz. Services are 10:30 a.m. July 13, 2013, at the Yavapai-Prescott Tribal Gathering Center, 530 Merritt, Prescott. Burial will be at the Yavapai-Prescott Tribal Cemetery.
You are invited to log onto www.ruffnerwakelin.com to view and sign Eleanor's guestbook and share a memory with the family.
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