Doris Goldman (nee Chilton) died peacefully at her home surrounded by family in Boynton Beach, Florida on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at the age of 97.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Dr. Sherry Goldman, in Maryland and son, Robert Goldman, in Israel. She is survived by three granddaughter’s, Netta (David) Twito of Florida, Talya (Adi) Ben Ezra of Israel, and Jodi Ann Goldman of Maryland. She also had the joy of meeting her great grandson, Nohar. Her family also included numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased in death by her husband of 70 years, Balfour Goldman, her brother, Monroe Chilton (Monte) and his wife, Renee, her son, Steven Mark Goldman, and her grandson, Steven Haly Goldman (Sherry’s son).
Doris was born on April 12, 1925, in Brooklyn, NY to Lester and Anna Chilton. She graduated from Girls Commercial High School with special training in art and worked as an illustrator for magazines and children’s books in New York. While working as a counselor at Camp Louise in Thurmont Maryland, she met the love of her life, Balfour, who was being discharged from the Army after World War II. They got engaged on their second date and were married on February 17, 1946. She moved with Balfour to Washington, D.C. and then Bethesda, Maryland and welcomed three children into their home. Doris raised them as Balfour felt she would be a wonderful mother and didn’t need to take a job away from another “bread winner,” the thinking at that time.
Indeed, she was the very BEST of mothers. She was kind, loving, patient, and encouraged her children to do their best and pursue their goals.
Doris was an accomplished artist and made creations in paint, needlepoint, beaded flowers, and taught knitting at the Florence Crittenton home for unwed mothers. Doris was also an avid golfer and played for many years with the Woodmont Country Club’s Women’s 18-holers.
She taught her daughter how to play golf starting at the age of 7 but Sherry never beat her. Sherry hit a long ball, but Doris had an almost perfect short game.
Doris and Bal adored each other, and you rarely saw them apart. She and Bal were bridge-aholics and ran neighborhood Duplicate Bridge games in both Maryland and Florida. They traveled all over the world to earn enough points to become Life Bridge Masters.
Doris lived a full and rich life and will be sorely missed by all, including her two toy poodles, Honey Bun and Precious.
Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2023, 2 p.m. at Judean Memorial Gardens, Olney, MD. Adas Israel Congregation clergy will officiate the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (shalomdc.org) or to Best Friends Animal Society (bestfriends.org). A celebration of Doris’s life will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank Theresa, Donna, Cris, and Chris-P (her team of caregivers) who devoted themselves to tenderly and lovingly attending to Doris’s needs 24/7.