Doris Brenner

Doris Bernice Brenner, 104, of Parsons died at 9:04 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Presbyterian Manor.  

She was born on July 30, 1915, at Neodesha to James M. and Frances M. (Peed) Peterson. She moved with her family to Independence and attended Independence schools, graduating from Independence High School in 1932.

In 1934 she graduated from Independence Community College, where she was treasurer of Phi Theta Kappa scholastic honorary society. She also attended Pittsburg State University. She taught three years in Montgomery County rural schools, teaching all eight grades in one classroom.

She married Donald A. Brenner, a pharmacist, on Feb. 7, 1937. He preceded her in death on July 31, 1995. She lived in Southeast Kansas all of her life, including Pittsburg, where her children were born, before moving to Parsons in 1950. She actively managed the family businesses, Brenner Drugs at 18th and Main and then Brenner Prescriptions at 1519 Main. She also was a substitute teacher in Parsons schools. After retirement they collected and sold antiques, participating in antique shows. A high point was at a Tulsa show selling a lamp to one of the Bee Gees, who were performing there.

She was a member of the Disciples of Christ denomination since she was 8 years old and of First Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Mendota Club, a Girl Scout leader, assistant to the Cub Scout leader and a volunteer for her children’s activities, especially as a driver for junior high school drum corps trips. In her later years, she enjoyed watching “Jeopardy,” “Cash Cab” and sports, especially University of Kansas basketball and NASCAR racing, and was an avid reader.

Doris is survived by two children, James Brenner and his wife, Judy, of Palatine, Illinois, and Janice Brenner (Ray Coffey) of Denver; two grandsons, Frank Brenner and John Brenner and his wife Jackie, all of Palatine; a great-grandson, Bradley Brenner of Palatine; four nephews, Kenneth Couch, Norvelle Couch, Dale Couch and Richard Couch; and friends, including residents and staff of Presbyterian Manor and her special friend who helped her in many ways, Barbara Mosier.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Couch and infant Dorotha May Peterson; and a nephew, Dr. Fred Pike.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Presbyterian Manor with visitation from 1 p.m. until service time. Private burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends also may call at Carson-Wall Funeral Home on Friday.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to First Christian Church, 1500 S. 29th St., Parsons, KS 67357, or the Parsons Presbyterian Manor Employee Scholarship Fund, 3501 Dirr Ave., Parsons, KS 67357. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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