Doris Elizabeth (Mitchell) Allen, age 87, of Vandalia passed away at 1:44 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo. Her family having moved to many areas of the country while growing up, Doris moved to Vandalia in the late 1940s. She became a devoted member of the United Methodist Church in Vandalia. After her marriage to Harold Wm. Allen, Doris became a full time homemaker. Later on though, she worked at Goodin’s Store and Oggie’s Restaurant in Vandalia. Beside being active in her church, Doris enjoyed crafts, fishing and putting together scrapbooks of pictures.
Doris was born April 24, 1925 in Delores, Colo. the daughter of Roy Lee and Frankie (Stotler) Mitchell.
She married Harold Wm. Allen on July 3, 1943; he preceded her in death on September 21, 1981.
Survivors include one daughter, Marsha K. Belshe of Mexico, Mo.; one sister, Betty and husband, Vic Davis, of Vandalia; four grandchildren: Anthony and wife, Barbara Bannister, of Columbia, Mo.; Andrea Bannister of Manhattan, Kan.; Kelly Belshe-Maher of O’Fallon, Ill.; Shayne and wife, Emily Belshe, of Centralia, Mo.; ten great-grandchildren: Emma and Anna Bannister; A. J. Laudemann; Adler, Riley and Keller Maher; Whitney Whittaker; Isabelle Donaldson; Ellery and Gannon Belshe; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Brenda J. Bannister; three brothers, Eugene Mitchell, Donald Mitchell and Roy Mitchell Jr.; and one sister, Bonnie Wear.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia with visitation from noon until the time of service.
Officiating will be Pastor Paul Catterton.
Music for the service will be selected favorite hymns.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Doug Davis, Dave Hopke, Calvin Heaton, Andrew Fletcher, Drake Hopke, Mike Potter, Luke Davis and Brent Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Vic Davis, Jerry Zimmer, Craig McCormick, Louis Rees and James Culver.
Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia United Methodist Church.