Dorris Lanksbury

 Funeral service for Dorris Elaine Lanksbury, 90, Lawrence will be held 3p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2010 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.  Mrs. Lanksbury died July 9, 2010 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. 

She was born on December 29, 1919 in Lawrence, Kansas the daughter of Jesse E. and Jessie Ethel (Martin) Markley.  She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence and attended Lawrence Business College.  She worked for the Department of the Navy, in Washington D.C. from 1940 to 1946.  She later worked at the Air Transport Command in Hawaii.  She also worked for the Navy in Phoenix, AZ and Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, in DeSoto, KS where she retired from Federal Service as an executive secretary.    She then worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Topeka and subsequently for Sears in Lawrence.  She was a member of the Lawrence Gem & Mineral Club and the First Presbyterian Church. 

She married Robert C. Lanksbury on November 9, 1946 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  They later divorced. 
Survivors include one son, Roger D., and wife, Vicky, Naperville, IL; three brothers George Markley, Jacob Markley, David Markley, all of Ottawa, KS; one sister, Wilda Robbins, Lawrence, KS; two grandsons, Christopher, Raymore, MO, Brandon, Naperville, IL; and two great grandchildren, Kendra and Austin of Raymore, MO.  She was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Markley and one sister, Evelyn Musick.      

The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the mortuary. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her name to Heart of America Hospice or the American Heart Association, and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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3 Condolences

  1. Karen Rivas on July 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Roger, Vicky, Chris and Brandon,
    Sending you hugs through this difficult time. We are very sorry for your loss of your mom and grandmother and want you to know we are thinking of you.
    From our family to yours much love.
    Karen and Sal

  2. Ronald Martin on July 16, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Roger and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was one of our favorite relatives. We so enjoyed sharing genealogy and pictures of the Martin family with her and listening to her stories of the family.

    Although we can’t be with you at her memorial service, know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bud and Claudette Martin

  3. Michelle Lanksbury on July 17, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Roger, Vicky, Chris, Heidi, and Brandon … We are so sorry for your loss and send lots of love across the miles. You all remain in our prayers for peace and strength. We think about you all the time and wish we lived closer so we could be there for you. Take good care during this difficult time. We love you. Lots of love, Michelle & the boys

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