Doris Madeline “Tommie” Marshall, 95, Overbrook: July 12, 1919 – Dec. 23, 2014

122814-Doris-MarshallOVERBROOK – Doris Madeline “Tommie” Marshall, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2014, after 95 years of sharing her smile with the world. She was born July 12, 1919, in Overbrook, to Ross A. Coffman and Maude (Radcliff) Coffman.

Doris graduated from Overbrook Rural High School in 1937. As the middle child of five siblings, Doris was always known to be a fearless tomboy, which earned her the nickname of “Tommie” early in life. She grew up extremely close to each of her brothers and sisters, many of whom returned to Overbrook after retirement and lived in the family home together.

Doris was united in marriage to Fred Victor Marshall on July 10, 1940, in Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death on Aug. 14, 1961. After losing her husband, Doris began working full time at Macy’s in Kansas City to support her family. She continued to work for 26 years until her retirement in 1987. 

After retirement, she moved back to Overbrook, where she attended the Overbrook United Methodist Church and was an active member of the Amaranth and Fidelis Clubs, Anderson-Raible Post 239 and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Her social calendar, which was supported by family and friends, who continued to transport her to meetings and game nights, kept her young and active throughout her entire life.

In 2010, she moved to Brookside Retirement Community, where she seemed to grow younger every year with the love and support of the staff. They quickly became extended family to Doris, and she loved to share stories of how happy she was living at Brookside. She enjoyed games of all sorts including bridge, bingo, and Bunco; Doris also loved taking trips to the casino to play penny slots and video poker. Despite her age, Doris never lost her sharp mind or wit.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jolaine Sue Marshall; a sister, Marjorie Coffman, two brothers, Gerald Coffman and Albert (Bud) Coffman; a great-grandson, Dalton Westphal, and a son-in-law, Pat Ragusa.

She is survived by a sister, Allene Hesseltine, Overbrook; son, Fred Marshall and wife, Susan, Overbrook; a daughter, Ronna Ragusa, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; a grandson, Chris Marshall and wife, Tammy, Overbrook; two granddaughters, Paula Westphal, Topeka, Kan., and Gina Wagner, St. Louis, Mo.; a great-grandson, Ben Marshall, Topeka; a great-granddaughter Shawna Westphal, Kansas City, Mo., and many nieces and nephews.

Family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at the community room of Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Overbrook United Methodist Church, Overbrook. Burial will follow at Overbrook Cemetery.

The family requests memorial contributions to Brookside Retirement Community, sent in care of Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.


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