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Doris Marie (Klingensmith) Weingartner
Doris Marie (Klingensmith) Weingartner, 79, of Sun City, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Morningstar Arrowhead in Glendale. The youngest of seven children, she was born July 5, 1943, in Coldwater, KS, to Harry and Bessie (Dunham) Klingensmith.
On June 20, 1963, Doris married Richard Weingartner in Pratt, KS. He preceded her in death on March 1, 1993.
After graduating from Coldwater High School in 1961, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Doris went on to study nursing at Grace School of Nursing in Hutchinson, KS, graduating in 1971. She was a Registered Nurse and began her career working in orthopedic surgery at Hutchinson Hospital. Afterwards, Doris was the Director of Nursing at Good Samaritan, also in Hutchinson. She then worked for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in Topeka, KS, as a State Surveyor up until her retirement in 2012.
Upon retiring, Doris moved to Sun City, where she enjoyed life to the fullest. With an inquisitive mind, she took a variety of continuing education courses through Arizona State University and traveled extensively, exploring the beauty and rich history of the state. Doris enjoyed reading, swimming, shopping, viewing local art, playing cards, participating in social activities with her many friends, and above all, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Doris is survived by: her daughter, Robin (Matt) Trembley of Aurora, CO; sister, Cora (David) Tucker of Wichita Falls, TX; grandchildren, Chance (Kelly Lee) Trembley of Littleton, CO, Evan Trembley of Grand Junction, CO, and Leah Trembley of Aurora, CO; along with numerous nieces and nephews who affectionally called her “Aunt Dody.”
She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Richard; brother, Walter Riggs; and sisters, Syble Cocannouer, Mildred McReynolds, Betty Jean Klingensmith, and Shirley Fisher.
Cremation has taken place. Celebration of Life will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Elliott Chapel. Inurnment will follow at McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, KS.
The service will be livestreamed and the link to view it will be in her obituary on the funeral home website.
Friends may sign her memorial book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Elliott Mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to two specific Arizona charities near and dear to Doris’ heart: Sun City Community Assistance Network, which provides free assistance to local residents in meeting their basic needs and maintaining an independent lifestyle, or St. Mary’s Food Bank, whose mission is to alleviate hunger through the gathering and distribution of food while encouraging self-sufficiency, collaboration, advocacy, and education. Memorials can be made in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
Doris loved everyone around her and encouraged them to be the very best they could be. She was a true inspiration to many. The quote she chose to embody when graduating from nursing school was, “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” May we all take that to heart and be kind to one another, wherever we may go, in her honor.