Doris Buster, 73, died July 3, 2020, in California after a long battle with fronto-temporal dementia.
She was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, and was raised there until middle school when her family moved to Spanaway, Washington. She attended Bethel High School, where she met Lawrence (Larry) Buster Sr. They married and moved to Ketchikan in 1964, where they raised their family.
Mrs. Buster spent her early years caring for her children, teaching them to read and write. She spent a few summers working at Ward Cove Cannery, and was later employed full time as an operator at RCA. She worked at Sea Mart Super in various positions until 1985 when she opened her own business — Her Garment Bag — in The Plaza mall. When her shop closed, she went to work for Tongass Trading Co. and later for her sister, Norma, at Creekside Trading. Her last job was working for her son, Larry Jr. at Barnaby’s for the tourist season.
“Doris made connections with the people she worked with,” her family writes. “Her wit, generosity and kindness are remembered by many.”
In retirement, she and her husband made their fall and winter home in Parker, Arizona, returning to Ketchikan for holidays and to work during the summer season. After Mr. Buster passed, Mrs. Buster split her time between her children’s homes in Ketchikan, Mission Viejo, California, and Juneau.
“She loved her time with her kids and all the grandchildren for various holidays and gatherings,” her family writes.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and “was a powerful prayer warrior,” her family writes. “... She loved Her Lord and Savior, and faith is a profound legacy she leaves her family.”
Mrs. Buster enjoyed decorating her home, and decorating for the holidays. She also appreciated music.
“She enjoyed dancing and singing and there was always music around the house,” her family writes. “She passed on that love of music to her children and to her grandchildren.”
In addition, she enjoyed spending time with family, and cooking family favorite meals.
Mrs. Buster was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Buster Sr.; parents, James and Dolores Tomaro; and granddaughters, Kelsey and Kayla Buster.
She is survived by her children, Debbie (Chris) Hoyt of Ketchikan, Denina (Stuart) Evans of Mission Viejo, Larry Jr. (Jenna) Buster of Ketchikan, and Danielle (Kamal) Lindoff of Juneau; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Brandon Hoyt; Chase Hoyt and Corinne Kindle and their children, Keegan and Rhythm; Justin Hoyt and Cassie Gosshorn; Derek and Ashley Thrasher and their children, Hayden and Brixton; Jordan Thrasher and her fiance, Sammy Marks; Lindsay and Ron Trelfa and their children, Logan, Daniel and Lorraine; Stephen Buster; Easton Buster; Brady Groghan and Danielle Jones and their son, Bentley; Sofia Lindoff; Grant and Brooke Evans and their children, Caedon, Cami, Colbie May and Carson; Kyle Evans; Austin Evans; and Chase Evans; siblings, James (Saundra) Tomaro, Karen Leslie, Janie Tomaro and Deanna Benii, and Norma Gravelle; sister-in-law, Roxie Glenn; son-in-law, Brad Groghan; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and cousins.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. July 11, 2020, in Parker. A celebration of life will be held at a future date in Ketchikan.