Doris Hjelmfelt

January 15, 1914January 6, 2019

Doris Hjelmfelt of Columbia, passed away January 6, 2019 at age 104. She was born January 15, 1914 to Harriet Letitia Smith Hauber and Charles Joseph Hauber in Chicago, IL. Doris was the middle of 3 sisters. She grew up in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. She was proud to say she attended the same high school as Ernest Hemingway, which may have contributed to her great love of reading.

Doris married Allen Hjelmfelt in 1937. The newly married couple moved into an apartment in what had been Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and office in Oak Park. From that union came 3 sons, Allen Jr., David, and Mark. Allen Sr. was an engineering graduate and with the coming of WWII, much construction was carried out to contribute to the war effort. The family traveled thorough out the western United States and Canada to work on one defense installation after another. Eventually they settled in Kansas City where Allen worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Doris was active in raising her boys, participating in church, in the Daughters of the American Revolution, as a Grey Lady at the hospital, and as a volunteer librarian. She became an enthusiastic fly fisherwoman and fished from Florida to Oregon. After Allen Sr. retired, they moved to Green Valley, AZ. While there they participated in a group founded by the local Presbyterian Church. In 1985 Allen was in failing health so they moved to Columbia, MO to be neith their oldest son, Allen JR.

Doris has 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, all of whom share her love of reading, learning, and sharing ideas. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters, one son, and one grandson. Final arrangements will be made at a later time.


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