Doris Falen

Doris Arlene Falen (Torbett)

Tuesday, July 16th, 1929 - Thursday, November 28th, 2019
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Doris Falen, 90, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2019, at the Atchison Medicalodge, following a brief stay.

Doris Arlene Torbett was born in Atchison, Kansas, on Jul. 16, 1929, the daughter of Jess G. and Helen (Christian) Torbett. She attended Martin Grade School and graduated from Atchison High School in 1947. Doris moved to Los Angeles with her family for a short time before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and she had vivid memories of blackout drills and wearing dog tags to school. Shortly after the war broke out, her family returned to Kansas, and lived temporarily in Kansas City, Kansas, where Doris attended Wyandotte High School before the family returned permanently to Atchison. Doris was a skilled typist and stenographer, and worked as a secretary in Atchison after graduating from high school.

In 1948, Doris's mother conspired with a friend to introduce Doris to a handsome young Kansas boy on leave from the Army Air Corps. One week after the introduction, Doris was engaged to Calvin C. Falen. They were married on April 14, 1949, in Abilene, Kansas. Calvin preceded Doris in death in March of 1987, after 38 years of marriage and four children.

Doris was a lifelong, active member of the First Christian Church in Atchison, having served as a board member, deacon, and member of the Christian Women's Fellowship. Doris was the enthusiastic organizer of the CWF's annual church rummage sale for many years, and she generously gave her time as an election worker and a volunteer at the Atchison Depot Museum.

Doris's talents included knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, and stained glass; she was famous for her beautiful stained glass creations, which she shared with friends and family. Doris was an avid reader and a world traveler, having crisscrossed the globe with her dear friend and traveling companion, Betty Lou Dagenais, who preceded her in death.

A son, Mark Falen, preceded Doris in death in August of 1976. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tom Torbett. Survivors include three daughters, Connie Falen of Beverly Hills, Florida; Sandra Falen of Topeka, Brenda Falen of Parkville, Missouri, and her beloved grand-dog, Bella.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, with Rev. Matt Broxterman, officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Atchison. Family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Thursday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Atchison First Christian Church and may be left in care of the funeral home. Words of comfort and remembrance may be left online at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home
    800 Kansas Ave
    Atchison, KS 66002
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  • Service

    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 11:00am
    Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home
    800 Kansas Ave
    Atchison, KS 66002
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  • Interment

    Oak Hill Cemetery
    17th & Kansas Ave
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
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Larry L. Frakes

Posted at 02:37pm
The Frakes family will miss Doris as a neighbor, wonderful friend and cherished member of our family. The Falen family was always there in our time of joy and sorrow. Doris was a godsend as we cared remotely for our mother Helen Frakes in her final years. Doris always to the end would mention how much she missed her friend Helen. Going home now just won't be the same knowing Doris is not there.

Chris Wildy

Posted at 05:15pm
I just learned of Doris's passing. So has always been so kind to me. We mostly visited about her wonderful poppies in the back yard!
I look our my kitchen window at Doris's cute little house. I often saw her driving away to get to the YMCA or she was out trimming the bushes in the front yard. I will miss seeing her out there. Chris Wildy, 913.367.9110 .

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