Doris Fleetwood


DRURY, Missouri -- Doris (Riley) Fleetwood, daughter of the late Luther and Lila Riley, was born September 3, 1939, in Douglas County, Missouri, and departed this life on January 12, 2013, in Mercy Hospital (St. John's) in Springfield, Missouri, following a long battle with cancer. She was 73 years of age.

Doris grew up and attended school in Douglas County and was united in marriage to Earl Fleetwood on Nov. 15, 1955, in Buckhart, Missouri. Nine children were born to this union. The family moved to New Bavaria, Ohio. They raised their family there and retired and then returned to Douglas County in 1993. Doris enjoyed nature and being outdoors. She spent many hours feeding, watching and enjoying her chickens, turkeys, hummingbirds, squirrels and deer. She also enjoyed her flower gardens and collecting antiques, especially old dishes and coffee cups. Her life was centered around her family. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will truly be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Fleetwood, on Feb. 4, 2011; three sons-in-law, Archie Burns, Nick Contreras and Thomas Spence; four brothers, Clabe Fleetwood, Walter Riley, Dewitt Riley and Paul Riley; and three sisters, Jessie Wilson, Opal Riley and Dorothy Riley.

She is survived by five sons, John Fleetwood and his wife, Bonnie, of Holgate, Ohio, Joe Fleetwood of Osage Beach, Missouri, Lonnie Fleetwood and his wife, Jessica, of Defiance, Jim Fleetwood and his wife, Rhonda, of Sparta, Missouri, and Randy Fleetwood of Thayer, Missouri; four daughters, Eva Peabody and her husband, Darrell, of Sherwood, Lola Mathieu and her husband, John, of Willow Spring, Missouri, Lila Spence of Mountain Grove, Missouri, and Tammy Moody and her husband, Steve, of Mountain Grove, Missouri; two brothers, Leon Riley and his wife, Carolee, of Basehor, Kan., and Carol "Bud" Riley and his wife, Mollie, of Mountain Grove, Missouri; one sister, Elsie McIntosh of Drury, Missouri; 23 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her very much.

Services were held Jan. 17 at Craig-Hurtt Chapel, Mountain Grove, with Rev. Dwayne Sparks officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Home Cemetery.

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