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Doris D. Gillis 1940-2013
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GREAT BEND — Doris D. Gillis, 72, a longtime resident of Great Bend passed away Sept. 10, 2013 at Hays Medical Center after a brief illness.  
Doris was born Oct. 14, 1940 at Marshfield, Mo., the daughter of Lloyd and Ella Mescal (Matthews) Gideon.
The family moved to Ellinwood when she was 11 years old, and later lived in Albert for a period of time. Doris worked many years as a cook and waitress at various area restaurants. She also worked for 10 years as a senior companion through the Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging based out of Hays. She was a member of the Heritage Baptist Church in Great Bend.  Doris had a passion for playing bingo, was an avid Scrabble player, and loved to sing karaoke.
Survivors include five sons, Mark Ukens and his wife, Teresa, Great Bend; Eugene Ragan and his companion, Joni Carr, Great Bend; Kelly Smally and his wife, Marty; Horn Lake, Miss.; Dean Wood and his wife, Linda, Jetmore; and Randy Weaver and his fiance’ Robyn Willard, Olmitz; two daughters, DeEtta L. Komarek and her husband, Frank, Florissant, Colo.; and Lorinda Hanes and her husband, Joe, Wamego; two brothers, Fray Gideon and his wife, Florence, Topeka; and Ron Gideon and his wife Darlene, Springfield, Mo.; 30 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Baptist Church, 2000 Monroe Street, Great Bend, with Pastor Ken E. Gray officiating.  Graveside Committal Services will follow at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Great Bend. There will be no viewing or visitation.  
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Doris D. Gillis Memorial Fund, with the funeral home in charge.
Online condolences may be left by friends for the family and a complete obituary notice may be viewed at

Arrangements provided by
Charter Funerals #
2115 Washington Street
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune Sept. 12, 2013