January 11, 1931 - May 17, 2016
Mary Ellen Dorris, age 85, of West Frankfort, IL, enjoyed a “Life Well Lived” and passed away peacefully at 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Parkway Manor of Marion, IL. She was born on Sunday, January 11, 1931, in West Frankfort, IL, the daughter of Obed Barton and Hal (Karnes) Hayes. Mary Ellen grew up and attended school in West Frankfort and was a graduate of Frankfort Community High School Class of 1948. She went on to attend and graduated from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, IL and was a great fan of SIU. She was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Dorris on Thursday, November 27, 1952, in West Frankfort and together they shared over 51 years of marriage until his death on Monday, May 17, 2004. Mary Ellen was a dedicated teacher, and taught at Thompsonville High School for five years and then at West Frankfort Community High School for many years until her retirement in 1993. She enjoyed her farm life and was always busy managing her home and seeing to the needs of her family. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of West Frankfort where she was a Sunday school teacher and served in the church nursery for many years and also was a supporter of the Church’s Clothing Room. She loved and enjoyed visiting with her church family. She was well versed in many subjects and was a natural trivia buff. Mary Ellen loved her grandchildren and was always interested in all of their many activities always enjoying the times they shared together at her home. The many memories that were created will now be cherished by those she leaves behind. She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Susan Dorris of Easton, MD, Doug and Michelle Dorris of Marion, IL and Tim and Judy Dorris of West Frankfort; granddaughter, Megan Dorris and five grandsons, Seth, Brock, Nathan, Jacob and Benny Dorris; half-sister, Toni Lucas of Eldorado, IL and her half-brother, Jim Hayes of Florida, other extended family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Arrangements for Mary Ellen Dorris have been entrusted to Stone Funeral Home, 1201 East Poplar Street, West Frankfort, IL. The graveside service will be in Williams Prairie Cemetery, located northeast of Johnston City, IL on Dean Road, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, with Rev. Mike Cash presiding. Interment will follow next to her husband. For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to “Williams Prairie Cemetery" and mailed in care of Stone Funeral Home, 1201 East Poplar Street, West Frankfort, IL, 62896. Memorial envelopes will be available at the cemetery service and the funeral home. For additional information please contact the funeral home by calling 618-932-2161.
Mary Ellen Dorris, age 85, of West Frankfort, IL, enjoyed a “Life Well Lived” and passed away peacefully at 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Parkway Manor of Marion, IL. She was born on Sunday, January 11, 1931, in West Frankfort,... View Obituary & Service Information
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