Doris Eloise Nation, 94 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 2:15 a.m. at Taylorville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville. She was born to Walker and Fern Baldis in November of 1924. She was wed to Alvin Leinen until his death in 1967, and they had one son, Richard Alvin Leinen. Doris was married to Earl R. Vangeison from 1969 until his death in 2005. Doris wed Granvel “Spud” Nation in 2009.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Ray and Don Baldis, and Jean Bilyeu; her son Rick; Earl’s son Harry Lee Vangeison, son-in-law Glenn Klein, grandson Sam Vangeison; and, Spud’s son Tom Nation.
Doris is survived by her husband, Spud Nation, of Taylorville. She is survived by her Leinen family: Rick’s wife, Lanette Leinen and their children Chris (Dee) Elsner, K.C. (Rachel) Leinen, Dustin (Chelsea) Leinen, eight great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Doris is survived by her Vangeison step-family: Debbie (Phil) Svoboda, Roger, Mary (Jim) Daughtery, Sandy Klein, Sharon (Jim) Hill, Linda Vangeison, and Fred (Elaine) Vangeison; along with 16 step-grandchildren, 26 great step-grandchildren, and 10 great-great step-grandchildren.
Since 1954, Doris Leinen-Vangeison-Nation was known as the “Stanley Lady” in Taylorville and around the region. She met each sales challenge Stanley Home Products posted, being among the top 100 dealers in the United States for many years. Most importantly, she made dear friends at her home parties and at kitchen tables selling Stanley talking about the news of the day and children. She was a consummate cook, baker, gardener, and could freeze or can anything that grew. She once was in nursing school, a square dancer, a Democratic party official, and a snow-bird who traveled to Texas for 25 years each winter. Doris was strong in her faith and is a founding member of Grace Baptist Church of Taylorville.
Doris was blessed to have her long life on Lincoln Trail with three loving husbands. She will be missed and her memory can be honored in lieu of flowers with a donation to a charity of the giver’s choosing.
Visitation will take place on Friday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home, 327 N. Clay Street in Taylorville, Illinois. A family graveside service will be held at a later date with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
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