Grace Dorcas Knudsen Doering

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Grace Dorcas Knudsen Doering, age 89, died Thursday, December 24, 2020.

Born July 5, 1931, to the Rev. Dr. Arthur M. Knudsen and Grace Petersen Knudsen, in Longview, Washington, Dorcas lived a long and impactful life.   As a pastor’s wife, Dorcas, and Paul, her husband of 60 years, served congregations in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois.  She spent many years teaching Sunday School, confirmation classes, and leading women’s groups.  She had a commitment to the value of prayer by starting many prayer groups in various congregations.  Professionally, Dorcas spent the first 15 years of her marriage as a homemaker.  She then returned to work and spent 30 years working in non-profits, in the areas of adult education, board leadership development, and research.  Dorcas grew up in the Chicago area and attended both St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, and University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM earning her bachelor’s degree in 1953.  She continued her master’s studies in Adult Education at Sangamon State University, Springfield, IL.

Dorcas had many passions, all rooted in justice and equality.  She had a life-long commitment to women’s issues, starting in the 1970s and the movement for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  She wore an ERA bracelet for 10 years, only removing it after the amendment failed to pass.  She participated in the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas.  She was a life-long member of the American Association of University Women for over 60 years serving in leadership roles at the local, state, and national levels.  A committed seamstress and knitter, she was well known for finishing the hem of her Easter dress on the way to church.  She started literary book groups in the towns in which she lived, many of which continue today.  She had a love of learning, taking advantage of a multitude of educational programs far into retirement.  She was also a lover of classical music and supported and attended many programs.

Survivors include her two sons, Eric Doering, and wife Jerri Modrall, of Frederick, Colorado, and Thomas (Tad) Doering, and wife Mary, of Trophy Club, Texas as well as two grandchildren, Sarah Doering of Austin, Texas and Andrew Doering, of San Francisco, CA.  She is also survived by her sisters, Carol Prinz, Forest Park, IL, and Alice (Carter) Lindberg, Northborough, MA, and her sisters-in-law, Diane Knudsen, Boulder, CO, and Rozell Doering, Sun City West, AZ.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul O Doering, her parents, and her brothers, Art Knudsen and Donald P. Knudsen.  Her faith and value of the extended family are reflected in her love for her many nieces and nephews.


Interment will be held in private.  A memorial service will be held in 2021.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcomed and should be mailed to Bethany College, 335 East Swensson Street, Lindsborg, KS 67456 or American Association of University Women, 1310 L St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005 reflecting her life-long commitment to church-related higher

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