Doris Jane (Hardin) Bey


Doris Jane (Hardin) Bey passed away, peacefully, at age 84, on Aug 22, 2021 in Overland Park, KS, with her husband at her side.   She was born November 7, 1936, in Bostic, North Carolina to Joseph and Ruth Hardin. Doris graduated first in her class from Sunshine (NC) High School. She attended Berea College for a year and later graduated from North Carolina Baptist Nursing School.  

She met Calvin Bey in Berea, KY and got married June 18,1960. They lived in many states, before retiring in Arkansas and then Kansas.   Her favorite state was whichever one she was living in at the moment. “Bloom Where You Are Planted” was her life-long motto.  

Doris worked as an RN at many locations and in many capacities, but by far her favorite place was the new-born nursery. She loved, prayed, and cared for each of them — especially the “premies” and those who struggled for life. 

Doris never tired of helping others —from baking  cookies, volunteering for the Red Cross, teaching Sunday school, singing in church choirs, with Calvin leading youth groups, doing hurricane clean-up,  and mission work in Haiti.

Her smile and positive attitude were at the core of who she was. She was quiet but her radiance invited people in. As one niece said, “she filled a hole in my heart, that I didn’t even know existed.” Doris explained it this way, “I do it because I know God loves me, and I have a happy heart.”

Doris delighted in being a mother, and adored her two daughters, DeLynn and Diane, and they adored her. Her mothering wings covered friends, nieces, and nephews.   She took great joy in her grandson Matthew and her great grand daughter Naomi Rose.       

Doris is survived by her husband Calvin Bey (Overland Park, KS), and daughters DeLynn Hixson (Bentonville, AR),  and Diane and her husband Harold Peters (Juneau, AK); plus her grandson Matthew Peters and Joanna (wife), and her great granddaughter (Naomi Peters) in Petersburg, AK. 

Doris is at peace now, home in Heaven.  She is shining with love, reunited with  her aunts, uncles, cousins and all her family who went on ahead. We know she is hugging her nephew Damon Allen, playing with his dog Nike, and for sure, she is smiling.


A  Family Celebration of Life will be held in Derby, KS at a later date.

Memorial Contributions

Ecology Action 

5798 Ridgewood Road

Willits, CA 95490-9730


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