Doris Hibbs

Doris Evelyn (Hauser) Hibbs

Doris Hibbs of Florida and Iowa known for her creativity, inventiveness, intelligence and determination died on September 6, 2021 at Iowa River Hospice in Marshalltown. She was 93 years old.

Raised in a large family in rural LaMoille, Iowa, Doris was predeceased by her parents Stella Mae (Thomas) Hauser and Jimmy P. Hauser and six siblings: Alice Mae “Maggie” Haskill, Irene “Guinea” Shipley, Jesse Hovey, Henry Wesley “Bud” Hauser, James “Tuff” Hauser and Marjory “Mick” Bachman.

She graduated from LaMoille High School in 1945 and Thompson Cosmetology School in Des Moines in 1946. In September of 1946 she married Richard L. Hibbs of Albion. They farmed until 1992 in rural Conrad where they raised three children and sent them to college. Her husband, Richard Hibbs died in 1996 before they could celebrate their 50th anniversary. She is survived by her three children: Diane Hibbs Lygate of Santa Clara, California, Rick Hibbs and his wife, Marilyn of Ankeny, and Kristy Hibbs Burr and her husband, Stephen Burr of Marshalltown. She has six grandchildren.

Doris Hauser Hibbs lived in LaMoille, Des Moines, and Conrad and Fort Myers and the Villages, Florida and now Glenwood Place in Marshalltown. Two of her homes were on golf courses where she scored a hole in one. She was much imitated and admired for her style which was elegant but thrifty. In addition, she was a tenacious and generous mother who was always proud of the fact that all three of her children graduated from college. She was an adept organizer and originated several social clubs including: Village and Vale, Town and Country, Birthday Club, Book Club and Bridge Marathon. She also had a thirst for knowledge and was an avid reader. In duplicate bridge she achieved the status of Junior Life Master. In addition, she had a green thumb. In The Villages her flower garden was the talk of the street.

She was a member of the Conrad Methodist Church, Friends Church of Fort Myers, The Oxford Methodist Church of Florida and The First Methodist Church of Marshalltown. She liked this quote from Robert N. Test: “If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all prejudice against my fellow man. If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.”

Services are limited to the immediate family due to Covid concerns. Memorials may be directed to aquatics at Marshalltown YMCA YWCA, 108 Washing Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158 in honor of Doris’s love for water exercise.

Mitchell Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Doris and her family.


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