Doris (Parsons) White – 2007 Inductee

Doris (Parsons) White was born near Victor in Lincoln County, Kansas, the daughter of Archie and Jessie Marie (VanAmburgh) Parsons, on December 6, 1921.  After graduation from high school she earned her teaching certificate in 1940 and became the teacher at the Castle Hill one-room school in east-central Osborne County, earning $60 a month.  Over the next several years Doris taught at rural schools in both Osborne and Russell Counties before becoming a teacher at the Luray Grade School in 1951.  She even found time to marry area farmer/rancher George White, Jr.

Eleven years later Doris accepted a teaching position at the Osborne Grade School.  In May 1984 her 44-year teaching career came to an end with her retirement after 22 years in Osborne.  In those years she saw several of her former students go on to become valedictorians and salutatorians of their classes.  But the crowning achievement of her career was her induction in to the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in 1984.

Over the years Doris was active in a number of church and civic organizations, and even managed to earn herself a college degree by attending classes and studying on weekends and during summer sessions.  Upon retirement she started as a hobby creating ceramic dolls.  Doris made hundreds of the dolls from scratch, and gave untold numbers of them to relatives and friends.

In 2007 Doris was honored at the centennial celebration of the Osborne County Courthouse with an induction ceremony into the Osborne County Hall of Fame.  She passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the age of 89 in Russell, Kansas and was interred in the Osborne Cemetery.

Doris in later years with a number of the dolls she created.

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