Doris M. Barnard Crispin


Doris M. Barnard Crispin was born on September 26, 1933 to Joseph Elbert and Ruby Catherine Barnard, in Kansas City, MO and passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 4, 2013.  Her room was filled with the energy of joy and love as she made her transition.

Doris is survived by her daughter, Leslie Ann (Hockemeyer) Schmitz, “the BEST” son-in-law in the world, Mark Schmitz; two granddaughters, Mikayla and Catie Schmitz; one grand-dog, Sofie and two grand-cats Charlie and Lola in Olathe, KS

Doris received her high school education from Central High School in Kansas City, Mo where she lived most of her life.  She worked for years in retail credit at both Macy’s (where she also modeled in the 1950’s) and Woolf Brothers.  She held President, Vice President and Secretary Positions for the Credit Women’s Breakfast Club and was a member of the Retail Merchants Credit Association. She also was a Deacon and very active at Roanoke Presbyterian church for over 13 years. When she left the retail industry, she became a Foreign Writ Clerk for the Jackson County Circuit Court.  She retired from this position in the mid 90’s.  Doris also held part time jobs at a toy store in Westport, Hardee’s and The Plaza Theatre.  In her retirement, she served as an on-call support person for the Good Samaritan Towers in Olathe, where she lived.  She continued to enjoy roles in which she could be of service to others.  She enjoyed many hobbies over the years including ballroom dancing, cake decorating, playing board games, leather work and crafts.

But the real love of her life was her family.  Officially, she raised her only child  Leslie by herself, but she had willing help from many friends and family. Doris dedicated her life to Leslie and she enjoyed participating in as many childhood activities as she could. Being a single, working full time mom who also cared for her aging parents, Doris was unable to be a room mom at school.  But she became a Camp Fire Leader when Leslie was in 1st grade with her friend Emily Dawson, who has been her dear friend ever since.  She was in that role through Leslie’s 6th grade year.  Her next call of duty and probably one of her favorites was to be a Chaperone when Leslie was a member of the Marching Cobras Drill Team.  Many late night weekends were spent caring for “her kids” as they performed all over the Greater Kansas City area.  After performances, she’d take home as many as could fit in her car.  She has recently enjoyed receiving notes of hello via her daughter’s connection to many Cobras through Facebook.  All through life, Doris called any of Leslie’s friends that she met, and then the friends of her grandchildren “her kids”.   Speaking of grandchildren,   her 2 granddaughters (Mikayla and Catie) were the apples of her eyes, and she demonstrated the love and attention that only a grandmother could.  She never missed a play, band or choir concert, or dance performance.  And she hit her share of soccer, basketball and volleyball games.  She loved to see Mrs. Natalie DeWeese and staff at Prairie Center Elementary and Dr. Jim McMullen and staff at Mission Trail Middle School. Most recently, she spent time at the Villas of St. Joseph for rehab.  She loved it there…because like everywhere she went, they became her family.  Doris will be deeply missed by all who knew her. The family sends a special thank you to Emily, Dawn, Kyle and Matt in the Menorah Med Center ICU, Dr. Geha, Milcah, Rita, Paula, Brandy and The Staff at Villa St. Joseph, Jalynn Hedrick and daughter Jennifer at the Towers, Dr. Herron, Dr. Burns, Dr. Crane and Dr. Whitfield whose care was priceless and to Dr. Christian Craemer and his M.A. Susie Keyton-much love and appreciation for you and your relationship with mom-she loved you very much.  And Dr. Craemer, I can hear her say “keep practicing medicine, maybe one day you’ll get it!!”  Per her request, a funeral is not planned, but a private party celebrating her life will be held with close friends and family.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Olathe North Eaglettes Dance Team, c/o Sara Heptig, 600 E. Prairie, Olathe, KS 66061 or The Mission Trail Choir Program, c/o Teresa Murray, 1001 N. Persimmon Dr., Olathe, KS 66061.


  1. Virginia Mulwee-Kelly on September 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Leslie, I was shocked to read of your Mother’s death,we became good friends when we met as chaperones for the Cobras we exchanged Christmas Cards and notes about what was going on in your life and the grand kids, I will miss our once a year talks through the mail.Clarence and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your mom was a great lady.

  2. Sean Maschler on September 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Leslie, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was always so kind to us and fun to be around. I pray you find peace and solace in the happy memories you have with a great mom.

  3. Chris Craemer on September 13, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Leslie, what a beautiful story about your mom. I can tell you wrote it with love and appreciation. What a wonderful life she led. She certainly touched my life and I am the better for it. I will miss your mom dearly, and always enjoyed her smile and that twinkle in her eye. My thoughts and prayers are with you , and your family. Our world is a little emptier now, but her memory helps fill that void.

  4. Tracey (Drake) Vaeth on September 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Leslie, I am beyond saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. She took such great care of my grandma, mom, dad, Mike and myself and for that, I am truly thankful.

    So many fond memories….. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  5. Terry Parker on September 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Doris was a very neat lady. She surprised me, she made me laugh, and she kept me on my toes. Thank you for sharing her life with us.

  6. Paula Anderson (German) on September 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I’m sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I remember her taking us places when we were kids. She always had a bright smile and was so nice to us girls. I never got to do a lot of things so it was a huge part of my childhood that I will never forget. As I read some of the other comments and your beautifully written obituary I see she has touched so many lives and never changed a darn bit! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. The Drake Family on September 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

    So sorry she was a good neighbor to Aggie — we were thankful she was there when Mom needed her. Maybe they will get together in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers to Leslie and family.

  8. Walter Davidson on September 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

    My condolences to you Leslie and your family, she was like a mother to me and the rest of your Cobras alumni members i can see her smile while am leaven this message so sad i no shes ok Amazing lady

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