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Doris Cole Krantz, 93, passed away peacefully March 13, 2014, surrounded by her family. Doris was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Dorothea Witte Cole and Fred Tripler Cole on Dec. 5, 1920. She graduated from Scarsdale High School in NY and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, in 1943. She was a member of the "executive training squad" in merchandising at R.H. Macy & Co. in NYC. After her marriage to Dr. Kermit E. Krantz, they lived in Chicago, Ill., where she was an assistant buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue. When her husband graduated from Northwestern Medical School, Dr. Krantz then had four years of residency training at Cornell Medical College, NYC, during which time she became director of personnel for women at Norcross Greeting Card Company. Doris became a buyer of junior dresses at Stern Brothers Department Store, where she worked for two years before retiring to raise her family. Since moving to Kansas City in 1959, Doris was an active member of the KU Medical Center Auxiliary and the Village Presbyterian Church, where she was ordained as one of the first female elders in 1967. In 1999, she was voted outstanding woman of the year by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at KUMC. Doris was also very active in the Presbyterian Women's group at Village Church, held several offices, and was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in 2000. She was a 38-year active member of the PEO Sisterhood, Chapter GZ. She also served on the Girl Scout Council, the advisory board of Rosedale Bank, and the advisory board of the Johnson County Health Department. Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Kermit E. Krantz. She is survived by their three children and their spouses, Pamela Huffstutter and husband Richard, Sarah Krantz and husband David Smalley, and Kermit Krantz and wife Cyri; her grandchildren, Clayton Huffstutter and wife Shelly, Wesley Huffstutter and wife Amanda Lotz, Rebecca Dahlberg and husband Paul, Whitney Smalley-Freed and husband Aaron Freed, Cole Krantz, and Mollie Krantz; great grandchildren, Sayre, Calla, Hutchinson, Hawkins, and Wyatt; and sister, Priscilla Alexander Mueller. A service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kan. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in her name to Village Church Food Pantry, Attn.: Janice Gill, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, www.kccremation.com
Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 16, 2014
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