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Celebration of Life Services: Will be held on Friday, November 18, at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Christian Church in Bridgewater.
Open Visitation: Thursday, November 17th, 2011, from 1 to 7:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Family visitation: Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family to be distributed to Doris’s favorite local charities.
Doris Madeline Antisdel Gipple (1920-2011)
Doris was born the fifth month, the fifth day at her family's farm on county line road in Carl Township of Adams County, Iowa. She died peacefully on the morning of November 14 after suffering a stroke at home the previous Thursday evening. Her parents were Arthur Winnie and Addie Bell Davis Antisdel. Siblings included Leah Mae, Claude Raymond, Cecil Irvin, Cleo Ieleen, Glen Maurice (Bill), Arthur Dean and Evelyn Marie. Doris walked to country school, attending thru the eighth grade. She helped her parents on the farm until age 17, then moved into Bridgewater doing housework for and living with Jay and Millie Moats initially, and later the Fred Vorrath and Perry Cole families. Her father died November 7, 1948 and her mother remained on the farm until just prior to death October 7, 1970. Doris married Ross Davern Gipple November 26, 1939 at Redfield, Iowa. Their children are Jane Elaine Symonds, Sandra Sue Way, Roger Ross Gipple and Angela Faye Gipple. Ross died April 24, 1994 and of Doris' seven siblings only Evelyn (Mrs. Virgil Martin) survives. Living family also includes son-in-law Russell Larry Symonds, eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and two sisters-in-law. Son-in-law Charles Richard Way died April 28, 2008. Doris owned and operated a café/pool hall with Ross on two separate occasions. She took jobs at grocery stores owned by Verne Herrick and Lowell Replinger, worked at Adair County Hospital, provided ongoing cleaning, painting and wallpapering services, and seized other opportunities for supplemental income. She was family, church, friendship and community spirited. She encouraged entrepreneurship in her children. Doris resided until passing at 208 NE 2nd Street celebrating 57 years in the house she and Ross purchased after 15 years as renters. The combined total represents 72 years of being at home in Bridgewater as Mrs. Ross Gipple.
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