Doris J. Wertz Criss Moots

March 19, 1930 - March 1, 2022

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Doris Moots of Vashon Island, Washington, formerly of Wichita, Kansas. Doris was a dedicated and gifted musician, loving mother and intrepid traveler. Music was her first passion; it informed her first educational degrees and early vocation, but education itself was a lifelong pursuit. She achieved many degrees; her last, a Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Doris loved to travel and when not on a boat, a plane, or a train she was researching her next trip. Doris retired from private practice as a therapist in 2004 and soon moved to Vashon Island, to be closer to her son, Peter Criss. On Vashon she enjoyed her new home and garden, and quickly made friends at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit and in the Vashon community.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Leona Wertz and her husband Frank Moots. She is survived by her children: daughter, Lisa Griffin and husband Nelson Griffin Jr. of E. Bernstadt, Kentucky, son, Peter Criss and husband Brian Fisher of Vashon Island, grandchildren: Nelson Griffin III and wife Mandie Griffin of Bruce Crossing, Michigan, Dustin Griffin of E. Bernstadt, Kentucky and great-grandchildren: Julie and Mike Griffin.

A private ceremony of internment will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit Memorial Garden. A celebration of life is planned for later in 2022. Donations in memory of Doris may be made to The Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, (

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