Doris Jean Roberts
Doris Jean Roberts, 89, of Olathe, KS, passed away Feb. 26, 2012 at her home.
Doris was born Aug. 20, 1922, on a farm in Gardner, Kan., the first child to James Vernon and Anna May (Burbridge) Kelly. Doris was a graduate from Gardner High School; she lived at a relative’s dairy farm, working several hours every morning in the dairy before going to school.
Doris married Milton Joe Roberts on Dec. 28, 1940. For fun they went bowling, sometimes three times a week. Doris continued bowling until 2006. They were married 60 years before he passed away.
As a long-time member of Lenexa United Methodist Church, counting the Sunday offerings and the Women’s Circle group kept her busy. She also volunteered for Johnson County Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to home bound county residents. She really enjoyed “tootin” around delivering the meals.
Doris worked in various office positions with Edge Steel, Hyer Boot and retired with Frank Lyon, an RCA products distributor.
Growing things was always her favorite past-time. Whether vegetables or flowers, digging in the dirt was where she wanted to be. Years ago, Joe almost called the police thinking there was an intruder in their back yard in the middle of the night. Fortunately, he found out it was just Doris in the back yard with a flashlight checking her Moon Plant. Doris told Joe, “Hey, it only blooms at night”.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe, infant daughter Barbara Jean, daughter Beverly Archer and brother Chuck Kelly.
Doris is survived by daughters Vicki Roberts of Kansas City, Mo., and Marna McAferty and husband Larry of Overland Park, Kan.; son-in-law Gary Archer of Olathe, Kan.; brother Roger Kelly of Gardner; sister Anna LaVerne Brown of Bandera, Texas; three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., March 2, 2012 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Burial will follow at Gardner Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 1, 2012, also at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be given to the Lenexa United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at