Doris Tsianina Storms

Doris Tsianina Storms

Doris Tsianina Storms went to be with the Lord on Oct. 3, 2020. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at First Baptist Church, Duncan, Okla., at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. The family acknowledges the concerns presented by the COVID environment and wants no one to feel an obligation to attend.

Tsianina was born April 12, 1920 in Little Rock, Ark., to Ralph and Ola Edwards. She completed high school in Eufaula, Okla. She went on to the University of Oklahoma where she put herself through school and graduated from the music school with a major in piano and a minor in organ.

She married Charles Storms on May 16, 1942 in Norman, Okla. He preceded her in death on July 13, 1983.

Tsianina was actively involved in music from the first time she played at church in the 6th grade. When she was a sophomore in high school, she played on a radio call-in show in Muskogee, Okla., where listeners phoned in their requests. She gave hundreds of music programs all over Oklahoma and Texas. She was a member of Duncan Music Club, PEO and served on the board of the Oklahoma Arts Council. She played for Duncan Civic Capers for years as well as for countless weddings and funerals. Her love of music was passed on to several generations of young people through decades of teaching private piano lessons. Tsianina was inducted into the Duncan Arts Hall of Fame in January, 2019.

She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Duncan from 1965 until she moved to Ardmore, in August, 2017. She was a church organist and/or pianist most of her adult life in Memphis, Tenn., Shawnee, Okla., Midland, Texas, and Duncan.

She gave freely and sacrificially of her time and giftings all of her life.

Survivors include her daughter, Betty Jane Cawley and husband Mike of Ardmore; her son, Sam and wife Ann of Edmond, Okla.; four special grandchildren, Kristen Trantham and husband Matt of Fayetteville, Ark.; Kevin Cawley and wife Katie of Kansas City, Mo.; Melanie Dulny and husband Brad of Overland Park, Kan.; and Joanna McLaughlin and husband Brett of Emporia, Kan. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and several special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her triplet siblings, Ralph Edwards, Betty Minter and Jane Jones.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 901 W. Ash Avenue, Duncan, OK 73533 for the organ/piano fund.

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Posted online on October 06, 2020