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Ellen H. Doring

Ellen H. Doring, age 91, of Hutchinson, died Sunday, March 26, 2006, at the Birchwood Hospice House in Hutchinson.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hutchinson, with interment in Oakland Cemetery. Pastor Brian Brosz officiated at the memorial service. Organist was Sharon Barton, and the congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “In The Garden.” Pastor Brian Brosz sang a solo, “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Ellen was born April 1, 1914, the first child of Frank Hardy and Elsie Alice (Pierce) Hardy. She spent her childhood in Rosemount and Dassel, and grew up caring for her many animals. She especially loved showing her Guernsey cow at the fairs, and won many ribbons and trophies for her showmanship.

Ellen met her future husband and the love of her life, Theodore Roosevelt Doring, and became his bride Oct. 16, 1929. They farmed in Appleton for several years, and then, in 1940, purchased land south of Hutchinson, where, together, they built a new farm site.

They raised five children: Edwin, Darlene, Patricia, Mary, and Bruce. The family became members of the First Congregational Church, where Ellen remained as a member of the congregation at the time of her death.

Ellen joined 3M in 1957. There, she made many lifelong friends, and eventually retired in 1978.

In 1968, Theo and Ellen moved to their home on Lake Washington in Darwin. After 52 years of marriage, Theo passed away Jan. 7, 1981.

Ellen remained in their lake home for nearly 20 more years, and then moved to Hutchinson. For the next six years, Ellen’s friends and family continued to depend on her for the wisdom and sage advice she dispensed.

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson.

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