Doreen Kimbrell

December 5, 1935 - May 4, 2011

Doreen Kimbrell was born December 5, 1935 in a rural home southwest of Wilson, Oklahoma. Her parents were Chester and Hazel Kimbrell. She attended Zaneis School in Carter County, Oklahoma where she graduated in 1954. Doreen was an active member in 4-H while she was in high school. She earned numerous awards and trips for her outstanding work in this organization. Following graduation, she attended Oklahoma A&M University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where she majored in Home Economics. In 1956, she left school and married. For a short period, she lived in Seattle, Washington. Following that, she returned to Oklahoma where her three children were born. Doreen returned to school at the University of Oklahoma where she obtained a B.S. in Art, and a master’s degree in Art History, finishing in 1972. Upon graduation, she took a teaching position at Shawnee High School, where she was heavily involved in many community activities, including Community Theater. Following her teaching career, she was employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, providing nutritional guidance for Native Americans. In 1982, Doreen moved to Texas. Retraining herself, in 1984, Doreen became a successful insurance underwriter working for aviation insurance companies. After retiring in 1997, she was able to fully enjoy her favorite hobbies of gardening, crafting and needlework. Doreen also spent a large amount of time tracing family genealogy. However, Doreen’s greater love was her family. She took such pride in being a parent, grandparent, and aunt. Doreen was preceded in death by her parents, and her beloved son Mark. She is survived by two daughters, Julia Hale and husband Dan, Lisa Jordan and husband Marshall Cunningham, and daughter-in-law Lynette Jordan. Her grandchildren are Heather Hale, Ashley Hale, Christopher Shockley and wife Jamie, Grant Jordan, Dakota and Madison Cunningham. She has one great-grandchild Olivia Filner. In addition, Doreen is also survived by three brothers, Roger, Gerald, and Louis Kimbrell; two sisters, Jackie and Janet Kimbrell; and many nephews and nieces. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or www.cancer.org. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel, in Allen, Texas. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home at their convenience on Monday to pay their respects and to sign the register book. The family will receive friends during a visitation Monday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

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With the loss of Mother, I have lost my wisdom. I will forever be lost without her. But, I will make it through all, because she taught me well. NO words will explain how much I miss her already, as well will SO many others. Thank you Mother for everything and every life you touched. Your very loving daughter, Julia Julia Dianne Hale, May 12, 2011 To me, Aunt Doreen was all about family. She was at every family function, large or small, that I attended in Ardmore, Dallas or Houston. When Jeff and I went to visit Mark in the summer of 70, she took us all, including Julia and Lisa, to the Oklahoma City Zoo and to the State Capitol. Over 40 years later, I still remember how much fun those outings were. Christy and I moved to Dallas in 1987, just 3 months after Ryan was born. Over the next 5 years, she would wath Ryan whenever we asked. Not only was she a wonderful Aunt, she was a wonderful Great-Aunt. We're going to miss her. Ronnie, Christy, Ryan and Austin Kimbrell Ronnie Kimbrell, May 11, 2011 I hope you know how I feel about you. I love you. Lisa Kay Jordan, May 10, 2011 My beloved sister, I miss you already. You are now with the angels. Janet Kimbrell, May 8, 2011 I graduated from Zaneis with Doreen. She was such a good friend. I remember the basketball trips, the 4-H trips, and the classes with Mr. Clure and Mrs. Worsham. We may have been a little school, but we got a good education. Doreen was very artistically talented. I got a Christmas card from her this winter and she told me about Mark. All of you are going to miss her terribly. Mary Ellen Keeton Mary Ellen Kimberlin Keeton, May 8, 2011