Doris Leader passed away unexpectedly on November 5, 2019—just three months shy of her
99 th birthday. Doris was born in Osceola, Missouri, and returns there to join her beloved sister
Katie and mother Ruby, as well as numerous other family members, who are buried there.
Formal services will be on November 23 rd , at 2:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the
services, at Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home in Osceola.
While born on a family farm in 1921, Doris always yearned for more excitement in the city. She
learned secretarial skills and had no trouble securing employment wherever she lived because
her fingers could virtually fly at typing and dictation. She was highly organized and was a
personal secretary to many top executives during her career. Upon her retirement, Doris
resided in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she lived at the time of her death.
Doris was a fiercely independent woman who valued her family more than anything. She was
lucky enough to still be able to live alone and drive herself to weekly beauty shop
appointments. Doris lived in the same apartment for the last 43 years of her life, where she
was given special attention by a host of maintenance workers over the years—but especially
Art and Mike. The family extends a thank you to caring for Doris.
Family gatherings this year will be lonesome without Aunt DorDor. She was a constant
presence—and she always loved to sit and listen. While she was quieter as she got older, she
never missed one word and was sharp as a tack up until the moment of her passing. Doris
never failed to enjoy a hearty laugh, a nightly toddy of bourbon and a bowl of ice cream.
Doris leaves behind a daughter, Sue Chrisman (Joan Hand), of Turners, Missouri; three nieces,
Lou Bond, of Overland Park, Kansas, Janet Seidel (Al), of Boulder, Colorado, and Deb Felice
(Mike), of Arcadia, Oklahoma; nephew Frank Gafke (Rita), of Covington, Louisiana; great niece
and nephews Stuart Bond, Andy Bond, Will Fathree, John Fathree and Lauren Fathree; cousin
Bill Brown (Saundra), of Strafford, Missouri; and a host of other family and friends who will all
miss her dearly.
Doris was preceded in death by her sisters Ruth Baldwin and Kathleen Gatzke. All three girls
grew up in Osceola as Zeiler (Osborn) girls, with Katie and Doris becoming Dudens, upon the
remarriage of their mother. While all left Osceola for their adult lives, they often returned for
visits and good times—and now Doris returns one last time.
Rick Royce saysNovember 20, 2019 at 2:08 pm
I never had the honor of meeting Ms. Leader, but I often heard stories from her daughter, Sue Chrisman. She had to have been very special to produce a child like Sue. I know that she will be missed, and I pray for comfort in your time of loss.
Michael Martin saysNovember 23, 2019 at 1:45 pm
Sue,Lou,Deb and Janet
You took such good care of Aunt Doris and she was always looking forward to
Another activity with one or all of you
I planned to come for 99 and know it would have been a wonderful party. Doris last words to
We’re she believed she would make it to 100
I Learned a lot about love and family from Katie and Doris and it’s clear it was passed on to all of you took
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