August 20, 1936 - March 20, 2021
Doris Spears passed away peacefully in her home on March 20, 2021.
With a fresh spring wind flowing through her window and bluegrass music playing, Doris departed on her next adventure joining her husband Billy Earl Spears, daughters Sally Dee Spears, Lawna Gay Spears Blevins, Lisa Lynn Spears Tenpenny, and grandson Christopher Allen Latham.
Doris was born Dora Moroz on August 20, 1936 in Andrew Alberta Canada. Her parents were Wasylena Presiznuik Moroz and Harry Moroz. Her father died just a few days before she was born. She embraced her Ukrainian heritage which made her strong. Her daughters were in awe when she would visit her family and start speaking her Ukrainan language.
Doris met her husband of Billy of 59 years, in Great Falls, Montana while listening to him play his fiddle in a country band. They fell in love, married and raised four daughters in Lawrence, Kansas.
Doris was a vibrant force of nature, a momma bear, who loved her family, and look out if you messed with any of them! Her home was always open to her daughter's friends, family and the musicians in her husband's band. She was a second mom to many, and would feed anyone who was hungry sharing her traditional Ukrainian foods and other tasty dishes.
Doris kept in touch with her Canadian family despite the distance and was close to her sister Irene who lives in the states.
Doris loved to dance and listen to her family play music. She was loved by her many nieces and nephews. She was one of a trio of Spears daughter in-laws who packed the cars and coolers with everything needed for Oklahoma camping and fishing trips while the Spears boys played music and the kids tried to sneak a bottle of pop. She loved playing bingo and winning. She was a ruthless poker player without the poker face.
Doris's life was not without heartache. Doris and Billy lost their daughter Sally in 1975, grandson Christopher in 2003, and daughter Lawna in 2007. Then Doris lost her husband Billy in 2013. And just five days before Doris passed away, her youngest daughter Lisa passed away.
Also preceding Doris in death were her parents, brothers Steve Moroz, Andrew Moroz, Philip Moroz, sister Mary Ewasink, nephew Danny Williamson and great-nephew Norris Sweetin.
Survivors are her oldest daughter Carol Lynell Spears Latham (Carl), granddaughter Ashley Lynell Latham Causer (Dustin), grandsons Emmett Causer, Remington Houston Spears Tenpenny and Billy Michael Spears Gibler, granddaughter Daya Causer, granddaughter Kellie Blevins and children Tristin, James and Bella, and her beloved sister Irene Williamson (Lester).
Doris will be missed by the many family and friends she loved and who loved her. She is at peace with her family that went before her, and from the great beyond is looking over us all, and still the "Momma Bear".
Due to Covid, a celebration of life for Doris and Lisa will be held at a later date.