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Doris I. Mangelsdorf

Doris  I.  Mangelsdorf Doris Irene Mangelsdorf, 96, passed away peacefully with loving family by her side at the Good Shepherd Hospice House on August 13, 2019 in Manhattan, KS.

Doris was born on January 25, 1923 in Lawson, MO to Abraham and Oda (Hopkins) Baber. She graduated from Burroughs Business School in Kansas City. She was married to Arthur Mangelsdorf 57 years upon his death.

Doris is survived by her sisters, Mary Peters and Alice Wescott; children, Martha Walker, Pamela Mathews, Deborah Mangelsdorf, and Linda (Roger Neal) Oshel; grandchildren Jacob and Benjamin Walker, Abraham (Tiffanie) and Jared (Ashley) Oshel, and Jessica and Michaela Sievers; great-grandchildren and more extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four siblings.

Doris loved being creative and making things for her family and friends. She was a skilled seamstress. Yes, the four daughters were those ‘50’s and ‘60’s girls you see photos of, all dressed alike in handmade dresses! The girls learned to sew from her, and how to make and alter their own clothing. Doris also made dolls and stuffed toys, even pretending to do “surgery” to lovingly repair them for tearful children. She could knit as well. Not just your usual scarves, but afghans and blankets, sweaters, hats, you name it.

Taking walks in the fall admiring the colorful leaves was one of her favorite pastimes. Doris picked colorful fall leaves and pressed them between wax paper to make pictures and placemats. Just for nostalgia, she once sent a whole box of paraffin-dipped fall leaves to her daughter. Fall was also a great time to take drives in the country looking for bittersweet vines to cut for decorating the dining room table, or to mail to a family member who would get a kick out of it.

Doris grew African violets, tulips, jonquils, lilacs, iris, roses, mums, and hollyhocks to name a few favorites. Every year when the girls were young, she helped them pick fresh flowers for May Day to take to all of the neighbors in paper cone baskets. Some of her favorite trees were flowering dogwood, white paper birch, redbud, and dawn redwood. Doris enjoyed bird watching, and to see Christmas lights at the Kansas City Plaza and later, at the Wamego City Park. And shopping—Doris thought shopping was an Olympic sport!

Every year Doris made personalized Valentine’s Day sugar cookies for all her daughters’ classmates, and whatever was needed for bake sales and school functions. Christmas specials included many cookies, rum balls, and peanut brittle. Doris made the best pies and pie crust, and they were a constant at any dinner. The first food granddaughter Jessica fed herself with a fork was grandma’s pumpkin pie. She always made the pie crusts three at a time, and any extra dough scraps not needed for pie were sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar then baked - even more delicious than cinnamon rolls!

There was never a holiday, birthday, or other event that she didn’t go all out cooking huge warm and comforting meals. Her triple layer chocolate cake with fudge frosting was a birthday favorite, and she always asked what special meal you wanted for your birthday. She was persistent with ensuring her guests were well fed, always asking if you wanted seconds… thirds… and fourths. If you left Doris’ home hungry, it was your fault!

Above all, Doris loved children. She loved being a grand- and great-grandmother. Whenever possible, she attended her grandchildren’s school programs, games, and 4-H events. All of the kids learned to play checkers, Kings on the Corner, and “I’m hiding in,” her version of “I spy.” Being “Grandma” to many young people she met through her family gave her additional pleasure, whether it was sewing or cooking for them, or just participating in activities like concerts, fairs, birthdays, Christmas parties, and Soul Food Dinners. Doris set a loving example, and will be greatly missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum or the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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