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Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Doris Elaine Chapman, age 84, of Bowling Green, passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the Tri County Care Center in Vandalia.  Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home with Rev. Don Amelung officiating.
Burial was in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Doris was born Jan. 7, 1930, the daughter of Herschel and Esther Franklin Rader in Niangua.  She married Billie Joe Chapman Sept. 30, 1948.  He preceded her in death Feb. 5, 2012.
Survivors include two children – daughter Susan, wife of Jerry Gamm of Bowling Green, son Marty Chapman and his wife Debbie of Mercer; four grandchildren, Stephanie, wife of Brock Bailey of Curryville,  Tim Gamm and wife Felicia of Bowling Green, Lee Anne Ledford and husband Kelly of Dacula, Ga., and Jenny, wife of Tony Fowler, also of Dacula.
Grandma Chapman also enjoyed, and spoiled, 13 great-grandchildren: Austin, Micah, and Elise Bailey, Noah and Avery Gamm, Hannah, Jessica, Breanne, and Chloe Kroencke, J. B. Fowler, and Liam and Luke Ledford.
Also surviving is a sister, Rita Junger and husband John of Rader; and sister-in-law Betty Chapman of Springfield.
She was preceded in death by parents and husband.
Doris was an active member of the Second Baptist Church in Bowling Green, serving in the choir and as a Sunday school teacher.
Doris was a wonderful wife and mother.  She enjoyed gardening, needle work, and sewing.
She was the office secretary for the Bowling Green Cheese Company, supporting her husband in all aspects of the dairy businesses Bill worked in over the years.
In their retirement, she and Bill enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Brock, Austin and Micah Bailey, Tim and Noah Gamm, Kelly Ledford, and Tony Fowler.
Memorials may be made to Pike County  Home Health and Hospice.
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