Doris Stephenson, 67

Doris F. Stephenson, 67, of North Manchester, died at 7:51 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

She was born May 17, 1949, in Wabash, Ind., to Chauncey and Mary (Smith) Airgood.

On March 17, 1979, Doris married David L. Stephenson.

Doris graduated from Wabash High School in 1967 and, in 1971, received her bachelors degree in history from Manchester College. In 1976, Doris graduated from Ball State University with a masters degree in library science and, in 1992, received a masters degree in communications from Ball State.

For 38 years, Doris worked as a librarian at Manchester University before she retired in 2014. She was also the past president of the American Library Association.

She was a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church in North Manchester. Her hobbies included reading, knitting, scuba diving, flower gardening and baking. She traveled extensively in the western United States and also to the tropical islands. Her favorite place was the upper peninsula in Michigan.

Doris was generous, giving and grateful.

She is survived by her husband David, son Scott A. Stephenson of Elkhart, brother Dennis (Diane) Airgood of Fort Wayne, sister Donna (Jake) Friedersdorf of Wabash, five nieces, eight great nieces and nephews, and four great-great nieces and nephews.

Visitation and a  memorial service took place Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. with a funeral service to follow at North Manchester United Methodist Church 206 E. 2nd St., in North Manchester. Pastor Mark Eastway and Reverend Steve Ellis will officiate.

Preferred memorial is the Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN 46992.

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Posted on 2016 Nov 08