Doris Abigail Houdek
September 1, 1926 – January 4, 2021
Doris Abigail Houdek, former co-owner of Welch Supreme Cleaners, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 4, 2021.
Doris was born on September 1, 1926 in Burlington, Kansas to Franklin and Abigail Gillies. She grew up in Fredonia KS, along with her 3 brothers and 1 sister.
Growing up during the depression wasn’t easy, but Doris never complained about how hard life was. She always found something bright and positive about the times.
Doris raised a daughter, Sandra, on her own with the help of her mother. She worked two jobs, while providing a warm, loving home.
Doris, Sandra and her mother moved to Wichita, KS in the 1950’s. She met Dwight Houdek and got married to him in 1959. She had 2 more children, a son, Edward, and a daughter, Kerri.
Doris and Dwight bought Welch Supreme Cleaners in the early 1970’s where she was active in the business until she was 70. Doris retired and her son, Ed, took over the business.
When Doris was not working hard, she enjoyed reading, doing word search puzzles, and needlepoint. Doris has many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Each one held a special place in her heart.
Doris is preceded in death by her husband, Dwight, son, Edward, 3 brothers Gerald Gillies, Kenneth Gillies, LeRoy Gillies and 1 sister, Virginia Lawson, Grandson, Troy Reed and Great-granddaughter, Quinn Storm.
Doris is survived by her 2 daughters, Sandra (Leon) Breedlove and Kerri (Bart) Storm; grandchildren, Jason, Zachary, Brandi and Carl Storm, Cassondra Kendall, Christopher Houdek and Billy Houdek; great-grandchildren, Heather, Michael, Clayton, Joey, Zacariah, Devon, Will, Joseph, Graham, Whitney, Kalei, Joshua, Brookelynn, Rory and Damien; and great-great-grandchildren, Mikaela, Asia and Kahlil.
Doris was known for her generous heart and compassion. As was well said, Doris was a real, down to earth person, who loved family and loved life. She loved her customers, and they loved her too. Many would stop by Welch’s just to say hello to Doris. Her life was taking care of others. She always had good advice, was a good listener, and always knew what to say for any situation. Her love and patient ear will be sorely missed.
- Dwight Houdek, Husband (deceased)
- Edward Houdek, Son (deceased)
- Gerald Gillies, Son (deceased)
- Kenneth Gillies, Brother (deceased)
- LeRoy Gillies, Brother (deceased)
- Virginia Lawson, Sister (deceased)
- Troy Reed, Grandchild (deceased)
- Quinn Storm, Great Grandchild (deceased)
- Sandra (Leon) Breedlove, Daughter
- Kerri (Bart) Storm, Daughter
- Jason Storm, Grandchild
- Zachary Storm, Grandchild
- Brandi Storm, Grandchild
- Carl Storm, Grandchild
- Cassondra Kendall, Grandchild
- Christopher Houdek, Grandchild
- Billy Houdek, Grandchild
- Doris also leaves behind hergreat-grandchildren, Heather, Michael, Clayton, Joey, Zacariah, Devon, Will, Joseph, Graham, Whitney, Kalei, Joshua, Brookelynn, Rory and Damien; and great-great-grandchildren, Mikaela, Asia and Kahlil.
Friday, January 15, 2021
Doris Abigail Houdek
January 13, 2021
Godspeed Doris. Now eternally reunited with Dwight, and other family, friends and loved ones that have gone before.
January 10, 2021
Thank you for teaching me kindness, compassion and love. You taught me to stand for what I believe in, to help others and to be the best person I can. I’m so going to miss you mama. I will always hold to close in my heart. Til I see you again.....❤️