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Doris Arlene Karst 1926 - 2013
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HAYS — Doris Arlene Karst, 87, died Nov. 10, at the Hays Medical Center. Born on Sept. 16, 1926, in rural Barton County, she was the daughter of Emanuel and Martha (Steinert) Ochs. On May 26, 1946, she married Albert Karst in Milberger. She received her teaching certificate at Fort Hays Teacher’s College and taught school at Milberger, for two years. She received her LPN diploma in 1975 from Fort Hays State University. Her nursing career spanned over 30 years. She worked at Hadley Regional Medical Center, served as a private duty nurse, worked at the Sterling House and retired from Hays Medical Center. She loved reading, quilting, crocheting, embroidery, knitting, cross-stitch, and sewing.
Mrs. Karst was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church.
Survivors include four daughters, Dianne Schmidt and husband Gene, Maryln Schumacher and husband Larry, and Patty Karst, all of Great Bend, and Lois Herrman and husband Pat, of Lincoln; three sons, Tom Karst and wife Mary, of Hays, Mark Karst and wife Shannon, of Victoria, and Doug Karst, of Ellis; two sisters, Alice Batt of Great Bend and Lila Jean Haberman of Hoisington; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Steve Karst; daughter Lanita Smith; brother Waldean Wagner; sister Eldora Brower-Ford.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Hays. Burial will be at the Mt. Allen Cemetery in Hays.  Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. until service time on Thursday, at the church. A prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested for the future care of her son, Doug Karst, or to the charity of the donor’s choice, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Hays Memorial Chapel*
1906 Pine Street
Hays, Ks.  67601
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Nov. 12, 2013