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Doris Holl - Lincoln KS
12/17/1924 - 8/5/2011

Doris Elsie Holl, 86, of Lincoln, died Friday, August 5, 2011, in Wichita. She was born December 17, 1924, to Robert Russel Wolford and Pearl Livingston in rural Lincoln County. She was a farm wife. Preceding her in death are: her husband, Leonard W. Holl; son, Robert Holl; brother, Ray Wolford; sister, Ethel Swinton. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Marsha Holl, and grandson, Ty Robert Holl, both of Valley Center. Visitation - 1-8:00 P.M. Wednesday, August 10th at Hall Chapel. The family will be present from 7-8:00 P.M. Service - 10:30 A.M. Thursday, August 11th at Hall Chapel, with Rev. Jonathan Harvey officiating. Interment will follow in Lincoln City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Beverly Community Church. Doris Elsie Holl was born December 17, 1924, in Lincoln County to Robert and Pearl Wolford. She was the middle of three children, Ethel Swinton, her older sister, and Little Ray Wolford, her younger brother. She went to Lincoln schools and took classes during her senior year to get a provisional teaching certificate. There she met Leonard Holl. She was the drum major and he played the base drum. She said from that point on, shes always led him around. They ran off and got married and began their life together in Lincoln. Len worked on cars and Doris taught in a one room school, where she was only a few years older than her students. They moved out to the farm north of Shady Bend. Their home was always open to everyone and Doris welcomed all to her kitchen. You could always find friends or family gathered around the kitchen table, sharing one of her fabulous homemade pies or cinnamon rolls, or playing Pig or spoons. On a moments notice, she could have fried chicken ready for an adventure to the top of Holl hill for a picnic. Doris was an active member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a nonprofit service organization, and helped with service projects in the community and the annual luncheon. Doris was a loving wife and mother. Bob was the center of her life. During the time Leonard was in Norton, she and Bob managed the farm. She was a grandmother to the Rosebrook children, who would venture to her home where Grandma Doris would patiently teach the girls to cook and crochet. She made sure she gave equal time to each one of the three kids. Doris had an alter-ego. She would don her wild wig, slinky gown, false eyelashes, cigarette holder and biting jokes and become Phyllis Diller. She portrayed Phyllis for community events, showers, and gatherings. She was Aunt Dory to her sisters two girls, who stayed with her and Len during the summers, when she would teach them cooking, crocheting and fishing. Ty, her only grandchild was a bright light in her eyes. She loved to go fishing with him and his favorite memory was the wild games of Old Maid, where no one kept a straight face. She was part of a special team. She and Len were inseparable. When you saw one, the other was there, too. Loving, supporting, dairying and working together, they laughed, cried, mourned and loved each other. Whether you knew her as Doris, Aunt Dory, Mom or Grandma, her grandson summed it up best, "She is one of the nicest people I've ever met or ever will". » View what others have shared.

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