Doris Dee Beall (nee Finch), wife, mother, grandmother and teacher, entered the gates of heaven on Oct. 28, 2020, in Shawnee, Kansas, after a brief illness.
A celebration of life will be 2 p.m. Nov. 21, 2020, at Community Covenant Church, Lenexa, Kansas. Masks will be required and social distancing will be observed. If you would like to make a donation in Doris’ name, consider Community Covenant Church or Royal Family Kids Camp in care of Community Covenant Church, 15700 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219.
Doris is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert Beall; three children: David (Allene), Alan (Martha), and Valerie (Patrick); eight grandchildren: Angela (Steve), Eric (Brandy), Joseph (Helena), Isaac, Elijah (Brittany), Silas, Levi, and Josiah; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Joan Northway, of Ottawa; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Doris was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Campbell; her parents, Harry and Grace Finch; brother, Eldon Finch; sister, Mabel Lister; and several nieces and nephews.
Doris was born on Nov. 7, 1933, on a farm near Wellsville, Kansas, to Harold and Grace Finch (nee Hume). She joined three older siblings, Mabel, Eldon, and Joan. Her early life on the farm was filled with pets, good food, love, laughter and adventure. Doris graduated from Ottawa High School.
She married Thomas Campbell in 1952 and they were blessed with one son, David. Upon her husband’s death, Doris attended Ottawa University and received a degree in Elementary Education. She moved to Shawnee as a single mother to teach and it was there she met and married Robert Beall in 1959.
Doris and Robert had two children, Alan and Valerie, and shared 61 years of wedded bliss. Over the course of 45 years, Doris taught hundreds of children in the Shawnee Mission School District and at the First Baptist Church of Shawnee Preschool. Upon retirement, Doris continued to love and teach her grandchildren. Most importantly, she shared her love of Jesus to all who would listen.
In her words, "During my junior year of high school, the most important decision of my life was made when I realized I was a sinner and asked Jesus to forgive me and live in my heart."
Because of her love for Jesus Christ, Doris taught Sunday School and was an active member of Community Covenant Church. She enjoyed attending Bible Studies and Stonecroft Ministries Women’s Connection activities. She loved to travel and went on many trips with family and friends. She was a master seamstress who sewed, quilted, embroidered, and crocheted, and gifted many with her handiwork. Doris was a bright light with a beautiful, contagious smile. She was a sweet and gentle soul who loved to laugh and make others’ lives better. We will always hold Doris close to our hearts.