Doris M. Fensky Shaw, 86

Doris Marjorie Fensky Shaw died unexpectedly the morning of Nov. 21 at her home in Moundridge. She was 86.

Funeral services took place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Canton.

Pastor Seth Meyer officiated. Organist was Barbara Vogts. Soloist providing music was Lory Cross. Pallbearers were Todd Vogts, Stacy Vogts, Luke Fensky, Steve Fensky, Brion Fensky and Rick McNutt. Ushers were Bruce Otte and Lloyd Otte.

Interment took place in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Doris was born Jan. 6, 1923 on the home place in rural Moundridge, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Vogts) Fensky. She grew up with her brothers and sisters there and attended a country school nearby.

On Dec. 16, 1945, Doris was united in marriage to Robert Shaw at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Canton. Their first home was in the church parsonage at Mounridge. Doris and Robert were blessed with two children, Duane, who lives in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Debra, who lives in Moundridge.

They later moved to Canton where Duane and Debra attended school. After Duane’s graduation in 1969, Doris, Robert and Debra relocated to Emporia. While in Emporia, Doris worked as a cashier at the Student Union of Kansas State Teachers College (now known as Emporia State University). After her retirement in the mid 1980s, they moved back to Canton. Almost two years ago, Doris moved to Moundridge in an assisted living apartment at Memorial Home. There she made many new friends whom she truly adored. She had a strong faith in the Lord and always looked forward to attending chapel, particularly when Pastor Seth Meyer was going to be preaching.

Doris thoroughly enjoyed crocheting and working in her flower gardens. She loved to read, especially inspirational love stories. She also treasured her collection of music boxes and bud vases. Doris was an excellent cook. Her specialty, according to Duane, was fired chicken and all the trimmings.

Most of all, Doris dearly loved her family. She was a devote wife, a loving mother and a loyal friend to others. Doris had a great relationship with each of her children and welcomed their close friends as children of her own. She adored spending quality time with Duane and his children and seeing all the sights of Florida. She also shared a special bond with her daughter, Debra. Along with being mother and daughter, they were friends as well. Many happy times were spent together shopping, visiting and eating Diary Queen ice cream for a late-day treat.

Survivors include her husband Robert, of McPherson; her son, Duane; her daughter, Debra; two grandchildren, Jay and Nichole Shaw; a brother, Lowell Fensky, of Hudson, Kan.; two sisters, Edit Sellers, of Moundridge, and Evelyn Steinle McCune, of Blairstown, Mo.; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Myron and Ralph.

Please follow and like us:
Pin Share
About toddvogts 843 Articles
Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at