Doris P. Cole of West Grove

Doris P. Cole, 91, of West Grove, previously West Chester, died Friday, Jan. 22, at Twin Pines Health Care Center.

Doris P. Cole

Born April 18, 1929, in Edgefield, S.C., Doris was the daughter of the late Fay M. Price (nee Turner) and Ben A. Price. She grew up in Ninety-Six, S.C., and graduated from The Greenwood College of Commerce.

She spent her younger years with NASA in administrative support for various departments for the Mercury program. She became friends with all of the astronauts, and it was a time in her life for which she was extremely proud to have served her country.

She moved to Washington D.C. when she was 29 and began a two-year service at the Pentagon. During her time at the Pentagon, she would visit her brother Robert in West Chester on weekends, where she was introduced to her future husband Louis Edward Cole (Gus).

Doris and “Gus” were married on January 6, 1961. During the early part of their marriage, Gus was serving in the Army, and they lived in various places, including Fairbanks, Alaska.

They eventually settled in West Chester in 1969 with their two sons, Mark and Eric. She worked at Wyeth laboratories in the packaging department for over 25 years until her retirement.

She was an incredible gardener and enjoyed being outside with her flowers and vegetables. Always hospitable, you never left her house in the summertime without a few fresh vegetables. She also enjoyed spending time in Ocean City, Md., sitting by the beach and enjoying fresh seafood.

Doris was passionate about her faith and was a long-time member of Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester. Affectionately known as The Woman in Purple, she loved her church and enjoyed helping out with the congregation any way she could. She was greatly appreciative of the visits from her friend Dona Haltiwanger who kept her in touch and connected with the church when she was no longer able to attend services.

She was preceded in death by her husband Louis Edward Cole and two brothers, William Price of Greenwood S.C. and Robert Price of West Chester.

She is survived by her two sons, Mark Cole of St. Louis, Mo., and Eric Cole (Kim) of Cochranville, and her two grandsons Peyton Cole and Tyler Cole, both of Cochranville. Share a memory with her family,

Due to COVID-19, a memorial service is not possible at this time. A memorial service will take place when possible.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Doris’ name to the Brandywine Valley S.P.C.A., 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Arrangements by the Foulk Funeral Home, West Grove.

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