Doris L. (Bross) Mahsman

Doris L. (Bross) Mahsman

Doris L. (Bross) Mahsman, 92, Palmyra, Mo., passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra. 

Doris was born Nov. 18, 1926, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Harry C. and Leah Gash Bross. She was married to Lawrence E. Mahsman on June 10, 1948, in West Ely, Mo. He preceded her in death Feb. 3, 2002.

Survivors include her daughter, Teresa Mahsman, Palmyra; and her son, John Mahsman, New London, Mo.; two grandchildren, Daniel Wombles (Renee), Pleasant Hill, Ill.; and Michelle Hartman (Steven), Holts Summit, Mo.; seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Clifford Alan Mahsman; and two brothers, Denny M. Bross and Robert Allen Bross.

Doris was a 1945 graduate from Palmyra High School. She then attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill., and obtained her associate’s degree in 1947. Doris later went on to Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., to obtain her B.A. in education, graduating in 1969.

Professionally, Doris was a school teacher. She taught in a one room school in West Ely and also in Monroe City and Palmyra school districts.

During her earlier years, she took pleasure in gardening and having flowers, bowling and traveling.

She was a former member of the Zion Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and Zion P.T.A. Doris was also involved as a leader in 4-H, a charter member of Heritage Seekers and a Republican committee woman for Liberty Township.

Doris enjoyed music, reading, art and history. She always took pride in supporting conservative traditional values.

Doris was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Pastor Wes Gehrke will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Zion Lutheran Church.

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