Mary J. Dorring
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.