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September 24, 1921 - October 10, 2011

Doris was born September 24, 1921 to J. Thomas and Emma (Forde) Allen in Winneshiek County, Iowa.  She attended rural Iowa schools.  She was married to Melvin Newgard on November 20, 1937 in Decorah, Iowa by the Rev. Glesne.  Melvin preceded her in death on September 26, 1995.  She was an avid reader, loved to play Scrabble and cards, and do needlework.  The coffee pot was always on.

Doris passed away Monday, October 10, 2011  at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where she had been a resident for several years.,  age of 90.

Doris is survived by two sons Rodney (Ione) and Thomas (Sherida) both of Mabel; three daughters Melba Miller of Hokah, Beverly (Norris) Bakke of Mabel, and Laurel (Chris Haydock) Wanek of Rochester; 17 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 21 great great grandchildren; two brothers Vernon (Ruth) Allen of Mabel, and Lester Allen of Decorah; sisters-in-law Lillian Steadman of Rockford, Illinois, Harriet Newgaard of Spring Grove, Minnesota, and Vera Witte of Augusta, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin, two sisters, one brother, sons-in-law Joseph Miller and Allen Wanek, and an infant grandson.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Friday, October 14, 2011 at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Gail Klavetter officiating.   Burial will be in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 - 7 Thursday, October 13th at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church.  Memorials to the Mabel Alumni Association are preferred in lieu of flowers.

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