Doris was born and raised in Jennings, Kansas to Clyde Stephens and Flora Barnett Stephens on March 9, 1925 in Jennings. Doris attended Oberlin High School where she met James. After his stint in the Army, they were married September 12, 1944 in Clayton, KS. They then moved southeast of Achilles, Kansas where James farmed and raised cattle until his passing in 2004.
Doris was a partner with James in farming. After the children were raised, she worked for a number of years at Duckwall’s in Oberlin, then Doris became an Avon Representative. While James was away in the Army, Doris worked at Remington Arms in Colorado.
Doris was an active member of the “Hello There” Hobby Club, active with Atwood Farm Bureau, an excellent seamstress, and loved to cook, bake and knew her way around her kitchen.
Doris had been a resident of Good Samaritan Society for several years. Prior to that, she resided at Wheat Ridge Terrace. After her husband James’ passing, she was very happy to move into the city of Oberlin and to Wheat Ridge joining in all their activities.
Doris is survived by her two children, James C. Gilbert of Vero Beach, Florida and her daughter, Marsha J. Colby of Garfield, Washington. Also surviving her are grandsons, Michael and James Jeffery; great grandson, Aaron Gilbert; granddaughter, Melissa Hunt; great granddaughter, Alexandria Martinez; sisters-in-law, Marion Dempewolfe and twins Donna Otis and Karon Scott. Also surviving Doris is her good and helpful friend, Ivis Hanson and her love ones from Wheat Ridge Terrace. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James and her sister, Clara Mae Yakowenko.
Doris loved everybody and everybody loved her. She will surely be missed by her family and many friends. We wish to thank Dr. Richard Akromis and the staff at Decatur Health, and the wonderful care given to Doris at The Good Samaritan Society.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 am Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Oberlin Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 am Saturday, August 17 at Pauls Funeral Home, Oberlin. Memorial contributions may be made to United Church of Oberlin, Good Samaritan Society of Decatur County or Wheat Ridge Terrace. Condolences may be left at www.paulsfh.com