Doris Spencer

Doris Mardell Spencer

Monday, September 19th, 1932 Monday, September 23rd, 2019

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Obituary for Doris Mardell Spencer

Doris Mardell (Hisken) Spencer was born at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas on September 19, 1932 to Russell and Eva Hisken. They lived on a 20 acre farm close to I35 and 47th Street in Wichita. The family moved to a farm East of Belle Plaine when she was five years old. She attended the Kirby one-room school from first through 5th grades, where she was the only girl. She, and her brother Eddy, rode their horse to school. In sixth grade she went to Belle Plaine Grade School where she met her best friend, Joy Spencer. They remained best friends all through school and graduated in 1950.
Mardell attended nurses training at Wesley Hospital from 1950-1953 during which time she started dating Donald Max Spencer, Joy’s brother. The romance blossomed and on April 4, 1954 they were married at the old Belle Plaine United Methodist Church and honeymooned in the Missouri Ozarks. This union lasted until Don passed away just three months short of their 60th anniversary.
Mardell started her career in nursing at William Newton Hospital in Winfield in 1953. After she and Don were married, they moved to Wellington where she started to work at Hatcher Hospital, until it closed in 1964. During her time at Hatcher Hospital, she and Don moved back to Belle Plaine where they raised their family. She worked at St. Luke’s Hospital and then Wesley as a surgical nurse until her retirement in 1994.
One of Mardell’s loves was sewing. She took great pride in sewing her family’s clothes and making things for friends. She was active in her church and spent numerous years teaching Sunday School and sitting on many committees.
Mardell passed into eternal rest on Sept 23 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston at the age of 87.
She will be remembered fondly for her wit and ornery personality, especially by her many nieces and nephews who referred to her as “Great and Wonderful Aunt Mardell”.
Survivors include: Kris Stehlik of Wichita, KS; Kathy Marshall and her husband Darrell of Braman, OK; Brent Spencer and his wife Sherie of Hesston, KS; brother, Lawrence “Eddy” Hisken of Andover, KS; five grandchildren, Kyle Spencer and wife Dasha, Riley Spencer and wife Kelcie, Shelby Nelson and husband Tyler, Karly Marshall and fiancé Nick Utt, and Andy Marshall; three great-grandchildren, Mason Noll, Kayden Spencer and Ariana Spencer; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, Russell “Bud” Hisken; step-brothers: James Nugen, Roy Nugen, Ray Nugen, Charles Nugen, Dean Nugen, Harold Nugen; step-sisters: Ada Hervey, Annie Skinner; and grandson, Timothy “Aaron” Noll.
Visitation: Friday, September 27, 2019, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Funeral: 2:00 pm, Friday, September 27, 2019, both at Belle Plaine United Methodist Church. Interment to follow at Belle Plaine Cemetery.
The family encourages everyone to wear blue in honor of Mardell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Belle Plaine United Methodist Church, 124 E. 10th Ave., Belle Plaine, KS 67013 or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market St., Wichita, KS 67202.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, September 27th, 2019 | 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Belle Plaine United Methodist Church
    124 E. 10th Ave.
    Belle Plaine, Kansas
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    Friday, September 27th, 2019
    10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, September 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Belle Plaine United Methodist Church
    124 E. 10th Ave.
    Belle Plaine, Kansas
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Friday, September 27th, 2019
    Rev. Jacob Maforo
    Rev. Mik King
  • Interment

    Belle Plaine Cemetery
    Address Not Available

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Much love from Mark, Teresa, Chris, Zach, and Ben!
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Rhonda Spencer

My first time meeting the family was at Thanksgiving. Boy, was it overwhelming walking into that building to see such a large group of people. Everyone was so nice. Joy grabbed my hand and walked me around introducing me to everyone, even though I had just met her, she was not a shy person. She walked me over to meet Don and Mardell, of course they couldn't have been nicer. Don was laughing and started kidding me, of course he had a huge smile on his face. Mardell laughed, poked him, and welcomed me with a big hug. She was just the sweetest person. There was never a time when she was present that she didn't have a big smile and hug for anyone, especially when they needed it. She was such a positive person and that attitude just rubbed off on you even when you were upset. I know she is with God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and all the loved ones who have gone before her. She is rejoicing and praising God, all with a big smile.
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Kevin Spencer

Your mom was a wonderful woman. We are all better for having known her.
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