Doris Ruth Sprecher

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Doris Ruth Sprecher, 96, formerly of Fort Scott, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, in Wichita, Kan. She was born March 11, 1915, in Junction City, Kan., the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Gertrude Pearce Werner. She married Eldred Sprecher Aug. 31, 1940, in Hillsboro, Kan., he preceded her in death on July, 17, 1994.

Doris graduated from Junction City High School, Park College in Parkville, Mo., and attended Pittsburg State and Emporia State Teachers Colleges. She and her husband, Eldred, moved to Fort Scott in 1956 when he became the school principal for Winfield Scott grade school and she taught kindergarten and first grade at Eugene Ware grade school until she retired in 1979. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church while in Fort Scott. She was a member of the Kansas Retired Teachers Association, the National Retired Teachers Association, had served as the treasurer for The Beacon Inc., was a volunteer with CASA and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She moved to Wichita, Kan., Aug. 29, 1998, to be near her daughter, Ruth. She was presently a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan.

She is survived by a daughter, Ruth Conner of Wichita, Kan.; a son, Roger Sprecher of Lawrence, Kan.; a sister, Grace Noland of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Frank D. Werner of Teton Village, Wyo.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to husband Eldred, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Joseph Werner; and two sisters, Mary Geist and Helen Neyer.

The Rev. Amanda Baker will conduct memorial services at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28, at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 2525 N. Rock Rd., Wichita. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m., Monday, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. The Rev. Ken Van will conduct graveside services at 3:30 p.m., at the Evergreen Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to either the Presbyterian Manor of Wichita or the Calvary United Methodist Church of Wichita. Contributions may be sent to or left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

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