Mary J. Dorring

Dorring, Mary

Mary J. Dorring, 97, of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015. She was born to the late Jesse Clayborn Hurst and Louella Powers Hurst in Potter, KS on November 22, 1917.

Mary attended elementary school through high school in Lebo, KS before attending business college in Emporia, KS. After completing her education, she moved to Wichita, KS during WWII, working at the Coleman Beech and Boeing companies before returning to the family home in Emporia where she retired after 20 years of service in the Business Office of Emporia State University.

Mary was deeply dedicated to home and family. The family home that she shared with her sisters Edna and then Eileen following the deaths of her parents, was the center of family activities for many years until she moved in 2006 to Lenexa, KS to spend her final years with her daughter Susan’s family.

Mary was preceded in death by sisters Ima Smith, Wilma Rider, Edna Browning, Louise Knoch, Jean Martin, Eileen Rice and brother, Thomas Hurst. Mary is survived by her daughter, Susan Dorring Hopkins, son-in-law Dan Hopkins and granddaughter, Caitlyn Hopkins.

Mary will be laid to rest next to her parents in a private family ceremony in Lebo on June 13, 2015. The family thanks all those who cared for her during her last illness. Memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to Kansas City Hospice, Inc., 10100 W. 87th Street, Lenexa, KS 66212.


  1. John Schmidt on May 27, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I worked briefly with Mary in the Business Office at Emporia State University as a student employee. Mary was very kind to me as a new student employee back in 1981. Our prayers are with you always.

  2. Marty Knoblock on May 23, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Susan and Dan,
    I am so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. I worked with Mary in the Business Office at ESU for several years. She was always so much fun. Mary use to call me from time to time and we had nice long visits. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Marty Knoblock

Leave a Comment

Obituaries & Condolences

Karen Denise White

Richard Ray Lennington


David Russel Friederichs

Lyman T. Hatcher

Katherine L. Anderson

Roger Alan Wilmot

David Pounds

Sean Mulvaney

Mary Margaret “M2” House

James (Jimmy) Hill

Marilyn E. (Bullock) Cannaday