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Doris Kathleen Blankenship, 82, of Ozark, Mo., formerly of Jefferson City, went to be with her Lord Sunday, March 21, 2010.
Doris was born August 29, 1928, at Solo, Mo., the daughter of Dillard E. and Edith E. (Ice) Blankenship. She graduated in 1946, from Houston High School and attended Draughon's Business College in Springfield the following year. In 1953, Doris moved to Jefferson City, Mo. and worked for the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts for 30 years. She also worked for seven years for the Missouri Veterinary Board. She retired in 1990, after serving the state for 37 years. Doris was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City. She served her Lord and his church well in Sunday school, training union, WMU, vacation bible school, church choir, and Friendship Singers. Doris spent many hours volunteering at the church and in the community with meals-on-wheels, hospital visitation, the Samaritan Center, and as an election judge. Doris loved her yard, flowers, and gardening. She spent many hours doing embroidery work, crocheting, and quilting. Doris was the historian of the family and a great resource for genealogy of Texas County residents. She was an inspiration to those around her. Due to health reasons, Doris moved to the Baptist Home in Ozark, Mo. in 2007. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Wilda Blankenship of Houston, Mo.; three aunts, Freda Ice of Cabool, Mo., Esther Ice of Mesa Ariz., and Eva Walcott of Houston, Mo.; many cousins and friends; and special friends, Margaret and Bob Woolley of Ozark, Mo. Doris was preceded in death by her best friend. Wanda Simmons; her parents; and her brother, Junior Blankenship. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Evans Funeral Home of Houston with burial in the Ozark Cemetery near Houston. Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, Mo., or The Baptist Home in Ozark, Mo.
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