Doris Marie Ottem Daiker, 96, died Dec. 8. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. John the Apostle Church Dec. 15 at 11 a.m., followed by a Graveside Committal Service at 12:30 p.m. in St. John's Cemetery.

The Mass of Christian Burial was live streamed on the St. John the Apostle Church Facebook page:

Mrs. Daiker was born April 19, 1924, in Langdon, North Dakota, to Ibsen and Effie Ottem. She had a younger sister, Phyllis, and a younger brother, Earle, and was the daughter of a school superintendent and a hardware store clerk.

Mrs. Daiker followed in her father’s footsteps and attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, received her degree during the war and became a teacher. She was always proud of being an alum of St. Olaf and loved to watch the choir on television. Her student teaching was in Waseca, Minnesota, followed by her first teaching position in Perham, Minnesota. This is where she would meet her husband, George Daiker, on a blind date. They courted, married, had a son, Charles, and soon returned to Mrs. Daiker’s hometown where Mr. Daiker became a lineman. In Langdon, Mr. and Mrs. Daiker had more children: Greg, Marcia, Steven, Richard and Jay. Mr. Daiker wearied of the winters and tried to persuade Mrs. Daiker to move west. She always said she talked him out of it the first year, but in 1958, Mr. Daiker headed west, followed a year later by Mrs. Daiker and their six children.

They first settled in Astoria. Mr. Daiker worked for an electrical union out of Portland making the commute each weekend. Mrs. Daiker taught a year in Knappa and then took a position in Estacada. The family moved to Oregon City in 1960. When a position at West Linn High School in the Home Economics Department opened up, the principal called the Daiker home. Mrs. Daiker was at a night class, and Mr. Daiker took the call. He accepted the position for Mrs. Daiker.

The family grew by two more children, Robert and Kristen, in Oregon City, making eight.

For many years, Mrs. Daiker’s life revolved around her children: Friday night football games, baseball games at Kelly Field, softball games, dance recitals and Boy Scouts. She always figured if the children were busy, they wouldn’t have much time to get into trouble. They all got lessons in cooking, baking, sewing and driving. Mr. Daiker always said he would teach the teens to drive. After one class, Mrs. Daiker would take over The family spent many years enjoying the rivalry between Oregon City and West Linn high schools.

Mrs. Daiker said she taught in the best of times. Her teaching partners, 11 of whom started when she did, all became lifelong friends.

Mr. Daiker died in 1979 and Mrs. Daiker became a rarity: a single working parent. She still made it to ball games and band concerts for Robert and Kristen while managing to squeeze in some fun at the dog track or vacation with friends. She retired from teaching Home Economics in 1984 and begin travelling the world. Some of her travels included her Minnie Winnie Motorhome excursions to Arizona with friends for the winter, or weekend jaunts to Reno. More exotic trips took her to places like Australia, China, Spain, Greece, Scandinavia, white water rafting in Alaska, and a cruise all the way around South America. Locally, she loved trips to the casinos and the beach.

In 1995, she unexpectedly lost her oldest son, Chuck. She hung up the keys to her Minnie Winnie.

She had been a charter member of the West Linn Riverview Lions and enjoyed burgers Tuesday nights and dinners Friday night with the Oregon City Elks Lodge. She loved playing bridge, pool aerobics five days a week (until she broke her arm), breakfasts with the “Pool Ladies,” and family dinners. Mrs. Daiker loved nothing more than to have her family together. She was a friend to so many, a mentor to all and an inspiration to her family. They say they will miss her baking, her sense of humor, recipe swapping, and wise advice.

Mrs. Daiker is survived by seven children, Greg, Marcia, Steven, Richard, Jay, Robert, and Kristen; 20 grandchildren: Rob, Tim, CJ, Joseph, Angie, Aaron, Christopher, Kenneth, Brandon, Stephen, Michelle, Matthew, Jonathan, Ethan, Cameron, Erica, Jonathan, Ezekiel, Sarah, and Elias; and 24 great-grandchildren, three nieces and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, son Charles and siblings, Phyllis and Earle.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, Lions Foundation of West Linn, or Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.