March 29, 2012

(10/3/1920 - 3/18/2012)

Donna Burrus Doty passed away at Capital Region Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri on Sunday afternoon, March 18, 2012.

Donna Fern Burrus was born October 3, 1920, in Scotland County, Missouri to Myrtle Roberts Burrus and William Don Burrus.

She married Oral F. Parrish on September 14, 1938. To this union was born one daughter, Wanda Fern Parrish. After they met at Greensburg Christian Church, Donna married Glen E. Doty on December 23, 1951, followed by the births of two daughters, Deborah Louise Doty and Glenna Sue Doty who were raised on the farm in Scotland County, Missouri.

Donna's education includes a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in English Literature from MSTC (Truman State University.) Her twenty-eight year teaching career began with thirteen years in rural schools in northeast Missouri and at Memphis High School followed by fifteen years in Fort Myers, Florida at Lee Junior High, Dunbar High and Riverdale High Schools. She was voted "Teacher of the Year" during her final year of service in 1976.

In retirement, after moving back to Scotland County, Donna enjoyed gardening, making scrapbooks, reading, playing checkers, teaching a weekly Sunday School class and competing in the annual Bible Super Bowl at the First Christian Church in Memphis.

She is preceded in death by her parents and by siblings, Irma McRobert, Virginia Kirkpatrick, Agnes Robinson, Iris Ott, Ina June Hall, Richard Burrus and Velna Burrus; by her husbands, Oral F. Parrish and Glen E. Doty and by her stepdaughter, Helen Doty.

Donna is survived by daughters Wanda Parrish Lilly, Deborah Doty Pollard and Glenna Sue Doty; four grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, three step- grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

The love of her family was her great joy and her greatest comfort was her faith as a member of the First Christian Church of Memphis.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 23rd at the funeral home with Brother Larry Smith officiating and Christy Maier, vocalist. Burial followed in Greensburg Cemetery in rural Knox County, Missouri. Casket bearers were Daryl Erhart, Lloyd Erickson, Joel Kapfer, Eugene Kennedy, Glen Lister and Bill McRobert.

To honor the memory of Donna Burrus Doty, a memorial may be made to Central Missouri Food Bank or Greensburg Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Online condolences may be made to the Doty family by logging on to

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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