Pueblo Central Hall of Honor 2014 Inductee

Doris McCray (1933)

Doris Caroline McCray (nee Seacatt) was born on February 15, 1916 in Trinidad, CO, and died on April 3, 2014 at the age of 98. Doris graduated from Pueblo Central High School in 1933, and went to work for Mountain Bell a few months later as a telephone operator. She was a very dedicated and respected employee resulting in a very rewarding career with Mountain Bell. She did extensive travel as part of her job, hiring and training numerous operators all over Southern Colorado. She met and married her husband, George "Mac" McCray, however, she became a young widow a few months later when her husband was a casualty of WWII. She never remarried or had children. She continued working for Mountain Bell until she retired 40 years later as the Employment Manager for all Mountain Bell employees in Southern Colorado. She remained an active member of the Telephone Company Pioneers until her death. After her retirement she started her second career in community service and vast volunteer work for the Pueblo community. In 1999, she was Senior Citizen of the Year for Pueblo County. She was known as "the bear lady" for collecting hundreds of bears for the Pueblo Police Department's Hug-A-Bear Program, a project adopted by the Telephone Company Pioneers. She was very active in service to the YWCA Women's' Shelter, and was a Pueblo Zoo docent, something always very dear to her heart. She was a member of Pilot Club, DAR Arkansas Valley Chapter, Archeology Club, and was very active in Wesley United Methodist Church. She belonged to Order of Eastern Star Pueblo Chapter No. 7, Order of Amaranth, and was Mother Advisor for Rainbow Girls. When Doris belonged to a club, she didn't just "belong", she was totally supportive and active in the group, holding numerous offices and spending monumental hours of volunteer service to whatever the group was involved in at the time, whether it involved taking zoo animals to schools for programs or serving as an after school mentor, holding birthday parties monthly at nursing homes, or helping the less fortunate at the YWCA Women's' Shelter or serving food at the Community Soup Kitchen. She received many honors over the years including the Sunshine Award for Outstanding Work for the Benefit of the Pueblo Community in 1983, YWCA Rose Marie Martinez Award in 1993, YWCA Outstanding Woman of 1995, Senior Citizen of the Year for Pueblo County in 1999, DAR Outstanding Woman of 2003, YWCA Volunteer of the Year Award in 2004, and Colorado State Fair Silver Queen runner-up in 2012. She was a worldwide traveler visiting all over Europe, Russia, Africa, Puerto Rico, Greece, Mexico, and numerous states and had many stories to share with others about her travels.

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