Doris Imogene (Spring) McPherren, 100, passed away at Creston Specialty Care, Creston, Iowa on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center, 701 7th Street, Corning, Iowa. Pastor Lauri Greenlee will officiate. Doris will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Morris, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Corning, Iowa. Open Visitation will be 2:00 – 6:00 P.M, Monday, October 30, 2023 at the funeral home. Family will not be present. Family will receive friends 9:30 – 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 31, 2023 prior to the service. Memorials may be directed to the Doris McPherren Memorial Fund, to be determined by the family. Memories and on-line condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com
Doris was born July 27, 1923 to Arnold and Sarah (Dollie Lawrence) Spring in Okobojo, Sully County, South Dakota and was the youngest of five children. She moved to Brooks, Iowa in 1926 with her mother, three sisters and brother following the death of her Father. Doris grew up and went to school in the Brooks and Corning Communities.
She was united in marriage to Morris McPherren June 26, 1953 and to this union, they were blessed with two sons, Randy and Terry. Doris was a devoted housewife and mother, attending her sons’ school and sports activities, especially wrestling. Attending the wrestling meets took true devotion as Doris always said the matches made her so nervous, she kept her head down and eyes closed until the match was over!!! She took pride in a clean and tidy house and always made sure that there was plenty of food to eat, preparing large spreads for Sunday dinner and nightly suppers. Morris and Doris loved the Iowa State Fair and would camp for the week on the hill above Pioneer Hall in the early days, out of their car (before there were camping rules)! They did acquire a small camper and continued to enjoy camping at State Fair as well as Lake Bender near Corning for many years. Morris and Doris also loved to take leisurely drives in the evening or Sunday afternoons and stop to visit family or friends while cruising the country side. There was no doubt that family was first and foremost, but Doris had a true passion for ball room dancing. Almost every Friday and Saturday night, Doris and Morris would travel across Iowa and Nebraska to follow the Greg Spevak Orchestra and other live ball room dancing bands and venues like the Val Air Ball room in Des Moines. They would dance the night away with waltzes, polkas and two step admired by others on the dance floor. Doris always said that Morris was the better dancer, but she always “dressed to the nines”. However, Doris was also a frugal shopper and because of her petite size, she took pride and satisfaction when she found beautiful gowns, dresses, and pant suits at clearance prices when shopping at dress shops across southern Iowa. Doris lived in the Corning Community for over 70 years, but after Morris passed, she decided to move to Creston. She lived independently and resided for the majority of time at the Iowana Apartments. Her special friends at the Iowana hosted a surprise birthday party and open house when she turned 100 in July of this year. Doris was 100 years, 2 months and 27 days young.
Preceding her in death were her husband Morris, sons from her previous marriage Richard and Danny Isman, and siblings/(spouses) Rolly (Barbara) Spring, Vera (Ed Magrath/ Anton Anderly), Leona (LeRoy) Parcher, and Erma (Paul) Bauer.
Surviving to celebrate her memory and life include Sons, Randy (Patty) Unionville, Iowa and Grandson Blake, Wakefield, KS; Terry (Sue) Cassopolis, MI and Grandchildren Ashley, Fishers, IN, Nicole, Carmel, IN and Joshua, Austin, TX, along with nieces, nephews and friends.