Marilyn K. Doerfler, 79, Hays, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at her home.
She was born May 9, 1933 in Hays the daughter of John Owen and Virginia (Oldham) Kirtland. On August 24, 1953 she married Alex C. Doerfler, Jr. in Colorado Springs, CO. He died November 30, 2002. She was a graduate of Hays High School in 1951, got her teaching degree from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and received her Masters degree in Education from Fort Hays State University. She was a bookkeeper for Kirtland Battery and Electric and also Doerflers' Inc. prior to going back to teaching. She spent a cumulative of 25 years teaching first grade for USD 489 at Washington and Roosevelt Elementary, with a majority of those years spent at Wilson Elementary until she retired in 1998. It was a dream come true for her to get to do what she loved every day and make a difference in the lives of children.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Hays, was president of WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), a Sunday School teacher for many years, and was active in her church world missions projects.
She enjoyed the arts, sewing, motorcycle riding with her husband, gardening, camping, reading, volunteering for her church, and most of all her family and friends.
Survivors include two sons, Brian and wife Deanna Doerfler of Hays, Kansas and Douglas and wife Deborah Doerfler of Albuquerque, NM, sisters, Ruth Kirtland of Hays and Joann McAfee of Stillwater, OK, grandsons, Kyle Doerfler and wife Sarah of Hays and Adrian Doerfler of Albuquerque, NM granddaughters, Ashley Clark and husband Derek of Marietta, GA, Tara Chapin and husband David of Cincinnati, OH, Kristine Knox and husband Douglas of Hays, and Alexandria Doerfler of Albuquerque, NM, great grandchildren Chase Clark, Symon, Carter, Samuel, and Lydia Knox, and John Doerfler. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Alex C. Doerfler, a son John K. Doerfler, and a granddaughter Lauren Alexandria Doerfler.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Hays. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Hospice of Hays Medical Center, and the Cancer Council of Ellis County in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel, 1906 Pine Street, Hays, KS 67601. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com