Remembering Doris Rohn Bright

Posted on July 31, 2012

Doris Rohn Bright, a 60-year Lakesider and gracious volunteer, passed away this year.

A memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Lakeside United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow in Wesley Lodge.

Bright died at Brookdale Place in Wooster, Ohio, following a fall on February 14, 2012. She was born in Lima, Ohio, on June 2, 1917 to Earl and Dorothy Jones Rohn.

She was a dear friend to many people and will be remembered for her story-telling, listening ear, art, leadership skill, humor and wit.

Bright was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Harry E. Bright, daughter Kathryn Ann Bright of New Jersey, and brother Dr. Robert (Ann Smith) Rohn of Indiana. She is survived by daughter Laurie (Dr. Brian) Beam, two granddaughters, Ashley Beam and Lisa (Joshua) Schaeffer and a great-grandson William Avery Schaeffer. Bright graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1939 with a major in English literature. She won awards in academics and sports including fencing and swimming. She received her Master of Nursing from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1944. In 1947, she married the Rev. Harry E. Bright of the United Methodist Church. Together they served churches in Ohio, including West Mansfield, Granville, Ada, Cincinnati, Delaware, Akron and Cleveland. She was active in these churches singing in the choir, accompanying musical events on the piano, leading church groups and initiating craft projects and fundraisers. Bright found special joy in her art and craft work, which included many paintings, sewing and knitting projects, making papier-mâché figures and caning chairs, including many of the chairs in the Hotel Lakeside dining room, still in use today. Upon her husband’s retirement in 1982, she moved with him to Lakeside, where they had spent summer vacations for 60 years. She was an active member of the Friends of Hotel Lakeside when the group worked to save and restore the Victorian hotel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio 43440, memo line: Doris Bright Memorial Fund or the Lakeside Heritage Society, 324 W. Third St., Lakeside, Ohio 43440.