Doris Jean Cranfill, passed away January 13, 2015. She was born March 13, 1921 to William and Clara Cranfill in Sedalia, MO and joined sister, Lenora, who was two years her senior. She attended the University of Kansas City where she enjoyed performing in recitals and drama productions. She was elected to Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges, an honors group. She taught vocal music at Barstow School from 1949 to 1956. She moved to Juneau, Alaska where she was Supervisor of Vocal Music until retirement in 1974. She returned to Kansas City and taught at Penn Valley Community College three semesters, substituted in K. C. Public Schools. She was a private music teacher until January 2014. She was a soloist with the orchestra in the K. C. Summer Music in the Parks for several years. She was a soloist and choir director for churches in Kansas City and Juneau, Alaska. She enjoyed music, drama and creative writing. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Honorary Music Fraternity for Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, Honorary Society for Teachers, Kansas City Musical Club, Missouri Federation of Music Clubs and National Federation of Music Clubs. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister. She is survived by cousin, Margaret Jo Butler; seven great nieces, nephews and their children; Dania and Randi Bruner (Corey and Alex), Jeffrey and Debbie Newton (Michelle), Robin and Eric Brizendine (Trinity). Jennifer Cooper (Chelsea and Clay), Judi and Dennis Prince (Casey and Tyler), James and Darci MacKay (Taylar, Tatum and Andrew) and Kelly and Don Wedd (Adrian, Tanner, Tristan). Remembrances may be sent to Sigma Alpha Iota, Kansas City Musical Club or the charity of choice
. Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, January 17 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, MO. 816-523-1234.
Published by Kansas City Star on Jan. 15, 2015.