Doris L. Weller, 87, of Marshalltown, IA passed away peacefully at Grandview Heights Nursing Home on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She had been a resident there for the past year and was recently under the care of Iowa River Hospice. A graveside service for family and friends will be held Saturday morning, April 20, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Pastor Dorothy Banzhaf will officiate. All are welcome to a luncheon that will be held immediately following the services at the Main St. Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes. Memorials may be directed to the family at 405 W. Main St., Marshalltown, IA 50158. The Anderson Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements for Doris.
Doris Louise Zink was born on the family farm on March 31, 1926, the daughter of Samuel E. & Edna Marie (Lane) Zink in rural Green Mountain. She was the third youngest of eight children. She grew up in the Green Mountain area and attended their school system. At the early age of 15, Doris learned the art of being a caregiver. When her mother Edna suddenly passed away, she quit school to help care for her younger siblings. Doris met her husband, Mahlon "Bud" Weller at The Riverview Roller Skating Rink. They married on June 12, 1948 and they made their home in the rural Marshalltown area. They were blessed with four daughters during their marriage; Connie (Vern) Gage, Holiday Lake; Mona (Neil) Garlock, Mendota Heights, MN, Linda (James) Hinmon and Jennifer (Brian) Johnson, Marshalltown. Doris was a homemaker initially and later worked at Piggly Wiggly, Clifton's and Smitty's grocery stores, the Marshalltown School District, and Caldwell Meat Company retiring from there in 1985. Doris loved playing 500, watching Iowa Hawkeye basketball, traveling, ice cream, M&Ms, and Elvis. Most of all, Doris treasured her family and enjoyed their many get-togethers.
Surviving Doris are her four daughters and their husbands, a brother, Clifford (Marie) Zink, Marshalltown; a sister, Lois Darlene (Dennis) Hauersperger, Newton, sister-in-laws Edith Andrews, Yvonne Zink, Marshalltown; and many nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren, Robb (Amy) Gage, Kristin Balvanz, Neil (Julie) Garlock Jr., Holli (Mario) Orozco, Aaron (Stephanie Wise) Garlock, Breanna (Dan Dehrkoop) Hinmon, Ryan Hinmon, and Kori (Stuart) Pace. Doris is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren: Travis, Sierra, Colton, Will, Nate, Miles, Alejandro, Jessiah, Joslyn and Jaxson. Preceding Doris in death was her husband in 1990, her parents, and five siblings; Melvin Zink, Green Mountain; Eldon Zink, Laurel; Marjorie Simpson, Marshalltown; Jean Gogg, Mason City; Lavern Zink, State Center. Also preceding her in death was a brother-in-law, Donald Andrews, Marshalltown.