Doris Corey, Greenfield, May 14, 2016

Doris Eileen (Bolger) Corey was the youngest child born to Arthur Raymon Bolger and Ada Udosia (Lundy) Bolger on Jan. 4, 1920 in Grove Township, Adair County, Iowa. 

Her family moved to a farm north of Afton, Iowa, during her first year. Her father was a farmer and, although she grew up during the Depression era, she never knew times were hard. She had a good childhood in a loving family. 

Doris attended country school in Dodge Township, Union County and moved back to Greenfield when she started high school, graduating in 1937. 

After graduation, she worked for a realtor, George Musmaker. George encouraged her to apply as a federal clerk for the Soil Conservation Service and she began work May 1, 1945, later becoming the district clerk for the Adair County Soil Conservation, retiring in February 1982.

She married Owen Otis Corey Dec. 19, 1946 in Topeka, Kansas. Three children were born into this union: Douglas Owen, Linda Marie, and Janelle Ann. 

Doris was devoted to her family. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was Aunt Doris to several nieces and nephews. Many of her grandchildren’s friends called her Grandma Doris. With the birth of her first great-grandchild she was affectionately known as Granny Great. 

Doris was an excellent cook. Her fresh raspberry pies and rhubarb crisps were a favorite and she decorated many birthday, graduation and anniversary cakes for her family. Doris was also an excellent seamstress and she especially loved to knit, crochet, and embroider. She was busy with her handiwork up until she entered the nursing home. She loved collecting and dressing dolls and she enjoyed crossword and word search puzzles. 

She was a faithful member of the Greenfield United Methodist Church and belonged to a sewing group and a morning Breakfast Club. She enjoyed these friendships very much. 

In 2014, Doris was admitted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines and, shortly afterwards, she entered the Good Samaritan Society in Fontanelle where she was lovingly cared for by the staff.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother Dale E., husband Otis, sister Thelma Baier, granddaughter Jessica Ann Schneider, mother-in-law Mary Ann (Looney) Corey Heuckendorf, brother-in-law Robert Corey, and her very close long-time friend, Dorothy Marie (Donnellan) May. 

She will leave to mourn, her son, Dr. Douglas O. Corey; her two daughters and sons-in-law Linda (Duane)Dickerson and Janelle (Terry) Schneider; six grandchildren, Scott (Janice) Dickerson, Tina Dickerson-Hochwender (friend Matt Hancock), Bryan (Becky) Dickerson, Teresa (Adam) Stakey, Joshua (Heather) Schneider, and Lisa (Shay) Acheson; 14 great-grandchildren: Caitlin and Ian Hochwender; Zachary, Matthew, and Ethan Dickerson; Brady and Beau Dickerson; Olivia, Whitney, and James Stakey; Wyatt and Parker Schneider; and Ethan and AJ Acheson; her sister’s children Jim (Sandi) Baier and their sons Michael (friend Nancy) and Steven; Lynn (Mary) Baier and their children Kimberly (David) Purfeerst (their sons Luke and Logan) and Kevin; Earl (Cindy) Baier; and Jo (Russ) Richards and their daughter Erika; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gerald and Pat Corey from Texas and their children Nancie, Jill, Scott, Tracy, Kelly, and Lynne and their extended families; and Aunt Dorothy’s children, Jim (Lois) May, Pat Donovan, Janet (Steve) Mellinger, and their extended families. 

Funeral service was held May 18, 2016, at the United Methodist Church, Greenfield, Iowa with officiating Pastor Eric Schubert.

Music was provided by organist Janna Nelson and soloist Connie Lundy with selections of “One Day At A Time” and “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” Congregational Hymn was “It Is Well With My Soul.”

Pallbearers were grandsons Scott Dickerson, Bryan Dickerson, Joshua Schneider, Adam Stakey, Shay Acheson and Matt Hancock.

Floral committee was Lois May, Kim Crosswhite, Linda Icenbice, Lois Armstrong and Karen Dodson.

Interment was at the Greenfield Cemetery, Greenfield, Iowa.


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