Doris Mae (Hempfling) Feken

Class of 1947

1947 Maroon SpotlightDoris Hempfling
Doris Hempfling

Red Hots ’44-’47; Cheer Leader ’45-’46; Pres. Red Hots ’46-’47; Perryscope Staff ’46-’47; Sec. Homeroom ’46-’47; Library ’46-’47.

Doris Mae (Hempfling) Feken

September 3, 1929 – May 13, 2019

Doris Mae Hempfling Feken passed away on May 13, 2019 at the age of 89 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She was born September 3, 1929 in Perry, Oklahoma to Carl and Mae Hempfling. Doris was a lifelong Perry resident graduating from Perry High School in 1947 where she was a cheerleader. Doris married Cecil Dean Feken on November 17, 1949. Together they had three children; Carl Dean, Dennis Lynn and Sara Lynn. They celebrated fifty-four years of marriage prior to Cecil’s passing on February 8, 2004.

Doris began her working career as a Bell Telephone operator where she worked for approximately five years. Doris then found the perfect fit as a dental assistant. She worked at Dr. William Busby’s dental office for over twenty-five years.

Doris had many interests that she enjoyed greatly. She square danced with Cecil, loving the fancy dresses she got to wear. Bowled in a local league from the time her children were little. She also played golf and participated in scrambles at Perry Golf and Country Club. She was known for her flower gardens and being a great pie connoisseur. During all her travels Doris would sample pies at every stop all across the country. She didn’t have a favorite flavor, if it was a pie it was a favorite. She also had a great love for birds. She enjoyed birds so much her husband added an aviary to her home. She tended to too many birds to count, having some of every variety. When she wasn’t bowling, golfing or gardening Doris enjoyed doing word search puzzles.

Doris loved family and truly enjoyed being a grandma. She would do anything for her grandbabies. Doris was a member of the Perry Alumni Association and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Her faith was very important to her.

Left to cherish Doris’ memory are her children; Dean and his wife Zonna, Dennis and his wife Trina, and Sara and her spouse Amy Cole, grandbabies; Christina DePriest, Denise Clayton and husband Kelly, Josh Feken and wife Melissa, Abby Feken-Cole, Sydney Feken-Cole, Sarah Johnson and husband Darrell, great grandbabies; Carson Ewing and husband Richard, Connor Powell and wife Hannah, Camryn DePriest, Trenton Clayton, Colt Feken, and Liam Johnson, great great grandbabies; Reid Ewing, Collins Ewing, and Charlotte Powell, twin sister; Deloris Emmons and husband Tommy, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral mass will be held in Doris’ honor at 10am on Saturday, May 18th, at St Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 421 N 9th Street, Perry, Oklahoma with Father Bala Pudota presiding. Burial will follow at St Rose Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Dementia Society of America. Donations may be made at