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“I would like to pay my respects to Doris's family and especially to Aunt Sandy. ”
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Doris Louise (Coles) was born May 12, 1921. She was the fourth child of George and Zora Coles born in the Whitebreast neighborhood north of Chariton, Iowa. She passed away December 17, 1921 at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon.
She attended Whitebreast Country Schools and Church. She often talked about walking to church with her Grandpa Baxter when the roads were muddy. He was a beautiful singer and she loved to hear him sing. Doris attended Chariton High School.
On June 11, 1938 she was united in marriage to Donald Besco. To this union four children were born: Roy, Sandra, Fred, and Kenneth. Kenneth was killed November 18, 1949 just before his fifth birthday.
Donald and Doris were farmers in Lucas and Wayne County before moving to Corydon in 1964. Doris owned the Corydon Laundromat for eight years where she met many wonderful people. They also owned ½ interests in Bowling Green Lanes for three years.
Donald and Doris lived in Indianola for seven years. Upon Donald's retirement they built their present home in Corydon. She was a home loving person and never wanted to leave.
Doris was a member of the Corydon Christian Church and Christian Women Fellowship and attended regularly until losing her hearing in 2006.
Doris was a member of Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron three times in Corydon and once in Indianola.
Doris had many health problems after the death of Kenneth. On September 25 she fell and fractured her hip and willed herself to die.
She is survived by her husband of 74 years Donald, son Roy (Suzanne) of Longview, Washington, daughter Sandra Reed of rural Corydon, son Fred (Kathy) of Saginaw, Texas, sister Norma Gartin of Russell; sister-in-law Lois Besco of West Des Moines, Iowa, 5 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son Kenneth, parents George and Zora Coles, brother Dean Coles, and sister Helen Ralwins. Also preceding her in death were a brother, Ronald, and sister, Bernice, who both died in infancy,
son-in-law Jim Reed, grandson Charlie Reed, and Donald's parents, four brothers, four sisters and their spouses.
Doris, you have been a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. We have all loved you and will miss you.

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