Doris Marie (Barnhart) Dobbs

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Doris Marie (Barnhart) Dobbs, of Greenwood, previously of Indianapolis, passed away on January 14, 2024, at the age 91. She was born on December 30, 1932, the youngest of three girls, to Harry and Minnie (Degener) Barnhart in Indianapolis.

She was a lifetime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, a member of Prospect Chapter #452 Order of the Easter Star, an active member of the Dorcas Circle at St. John’s, and even organized the church library. .

After graduating from Southport High School in 1950, a close friend introduced Doris to Kenneth Dale Dobbs. They married on August 7, 1953, had 2 children, and celebrated 63 years of marriage until Kenny preceded her in death in 2016.

Doris was a homemaker until 1972 when she went to work for St. John’s Preschool Program. Then in 1974, she became a clerk at the Southport Branch Library where she retired after 20 years in 1994.

Doris was an avid reader and after retirement, she and Kenny enjoyed traveling across the country, sometimes with other family members.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Pam) Dobbs and Barbara Dobbs; grandchildren, Rachel (Joe) Tonte and Jacob Dobbs and one great grandchild, Connor Tonte.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Wilma Pieper, Margorie Wagoner and one great grandchild, Cooper Tonte.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Avenue.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2024 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 7031 S. East Street, Indianapolis, with additional visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. She will be laid to rest at Washington Park East Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ, 7031 S. East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46227 or a charity of your choice.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Greenwood Village South Pavilion and Main Street Hospice for their care and support.

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Posted online on January 16, 2024

Published in The Indianapolis Star