Doris Roe


March 27, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Doris May Roe, age 96, formerly of LaHarpe, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Greystone Assisted Living Facility.  She was born to Floyd and Mary Alcie “Elsie” (Cline) Spencer on Aug. 9, 1922 in Arcadia.

Her family moved with her father’s work so she grew up in many communities in Kansas until the family settled northeast of Iola.

She graduated from LaHarpe High School in 1940 and on May 19, 1940 she married her high school sweetheart, William “Bill” Roe at her parents’ home.

Doris was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her family, camping and traveling. She was an excellent seamstress and an avid quilter, making wedding quilts for each grandchild and then baby quilts for each great-grandchild. She was also known for her lemon meringue pies and made many pies for church bake sales.  When her children were young, whenever anyone asked for volunteers they would say “my Mom will do it!” and thus she became the youth leader at church, 4-H leader, etc.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son-in-law Jerry Diehl; five brothers, Clinton, Byrl, Elvin “Curly,” Elton, and Ivan Spencer; and one sister, Carol Weldin.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Diehl of Moran, and Kathryn Clemans and husband, Arvin of Iola; son David Roe and wife, Debbie, of Iola; five grandchildren, Becky Rodgers and husband, Richard, Kevin Diehl and wife, Diane, Stacey Billingsley and husband, Jeff, Karrie Brown and husband, Kent, and Jason Roe and wife, Lindsey; 10 great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Grayce Spencer.

Visitation for Doris will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Venue, 1883 US-Hwy 54 Iola. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Iola.

Memorials in honor of Doris can be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, and can be left with Feuerborn Family Funeral Service.

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