Doris Galloway

Obituary of Doris Galloway

Funeral services for Doris Galloway, 96 of Villisca, will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 15, at Villisca United Methodist Church. A luncheon will immediately follow the funeral service. Interment will be at 3 p.m. at Prairie Rose Cemetery south of Brooks, Iowa. Visitation with the family present will be 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Church. Memorials are suggested to Villisca United Methodist Church. Wolfe Funeral Home is providing arrangements. Doris Lucille Galloway, age 96, passed away peacefully on August 12th,2018 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Villisca, Iowa. From her birth on July 2, 1922 to her death she took on the role of the servant, caring for those she loved. She was born at home on a farm outside of Brooks, Iowa to Merl and Addie Brown and was the oldest of three children. Doris graduated from Corning High School in 1939 at the age of 17 after writing and passing the State Teaching Exam. She also was a house maid for an elderly couple. The next year Doris taught school for one year at Oakdale Nodaway #7. She was engaged to Howard Clark on Christmas Day,1940 and married Dec. 24, 1941. To this union three children were born: Randy, Gary, and Carole. Howard was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1961 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Doris returned to her family, purchasing a farm outside of Nodaway, Iowa, determined to make a living while staying at home with her young children. Clint Acton joined the family, first as a hired worker, and then as a husband. They worked together on the farm until 1973, when they sold the farm and moved to Villisca. Doris secured a job at the Good Samaritan Nursing home in town, first as a CNA and then later as a book keeper/office manager. She gave her heart to the people who resided there, as well to the workers. Doris and Clint’s marriage lasted from 1963 to Clint’s death in 1987. Once again Doris made the decision to move, this time to another house in Villisca. She always kept a garden wherever she lived, and this home was no exception. Doris worked at Good Samaritan for 35 years until retiring. In 1999 Doris was united in marriage to Rex Galloway and together they planted and enjoyed multiple flower beds, traveled to many bed and breakfasts, and supported each other in their varied interests. Doris always loved to read, instilling that in her own children. When her eyesight began to fail, Rex read to her. In turn, she was Rex’s biggest fan when he was fashioning masterpieces out of wood. Doris narrated many colorful stories of growing up during the Depression years as well as events from her adult life. One of the many family traditions was visiting family gravesites during Memorial weekends and relaying the stories to her family. Doris was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church and her strong faith in the Lord carried her throughout her life. That legacy was modeled to her own children. Doris is survived by a legacy of love including Rex of 18 years; her children, Randy Clark (Ruth Cooperrider, partner), Longboat Key, FL, Gary (Julie) Clark, Huxley, IA, Carole (Steven) Bunse Cosby, MO; eight grandchildren, Angela (Charles) Ingle, Matthew (Sarah) Clark, Renee (David) Voves, Sarah (Chris) Chiaramonte, Ryan (Bethany) Clark, Joshua (Kala) Bunse, Nathan (Rachel) Bunse, Amy Bunse; step-children include Kathy (Dr. Robert) Ross, Kansas City, MO, Debbie (Mike) Gilliland, Mt. Ayr, IA, Bob (Carol Anne) Galloway, Kellerton, IA, Mark (Laurie) Galloway, Prior Lake, MN; step-grandchildren include Matthew (Kristy) Gilliland, Maggie (Rev. Daniel) Cox, Mitchell (Tia) Gilliland, Meghan (Erik) Mosvick, Ben Galloway, Jacque (Lonnie) Brown, Jennifer (Keith) Moran, Joel (Erica) Brown, Sarah (Jeremy) Newton, Laurie (Ivan) Kissart; as well as numerous great grandchildren, extended family and friends. Doris is preceeded in death by her parents and husbands Howard and Clint.
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