Doris Lea Cronkhite was born on Thursday January 1, 1942 to Leroy Alexander and Iva Caroline (Randall) Townsend in Kingfisher.
She died of this life on Monday February 14, 2022 in Seiling.
Doris grew up in Dover with her two siblings, Carolyn and Max. She graduated in 1960 from Dover High School.
Doris took accounting classes at South Oklahoma City Junior College, now OCCC, and held numerous accounting and office management positions for grocery stores in Oklahoma City, Blair Farm Equipment in Kingfisher, and Tyson Foods in Holdenville.
She also sold products for Home Interiors and Mary Kay Cosmetics for many years. In her goal week in August 1987, Doris hosted 15 shows, served 88 guests, booked 12 future shows, and had total sales of $5,117.07 for Home Interiors.
Doris married Larry Cronkhite on May 23, 1980.
They lived in Okarche for 10 years where she grew test roses for Jackson & Perkins Co.
They moved to Snyder for two years where she was an agricultural teacher’s wife, but didn’t like driving the farm truck pulling the stock trailer.
The couple then lived in the Calvin area for 14 years ranching and hunting.
The last move was to Chester in 2007, where she lived until her death.
Doris became a believer in Christ in 1981 at First Baptist Church in Kingfisher and kept her faith until her last breath. Doris was a member of Seiling First Baptist Church.
Doris is survived by her husband Larry of the house; three daughters, Kim Burns of Tonkawa, Kelly Jacobs and her husband Steve of Okarche, and Kristi Hubbard of Hulbert. She is also survived by two stepsons, Greg Cronkhite of Kingfisher and Jeff Cronkhite and his wife Rocio, also of Kingfisher.
Doris also leaves a sister, Carolyn Bradley and family of Perkins and her brother Max Townsend and his wife Ramona and family of Oklahoma City. Doris is also survived by eight grandchildren: Jennifer Burns and fiancé Kevin Miller of Tonkawa; Tonkawa’s Chancey Burns; Nicole Crossley and her husband Joe of Piedmont; Lindsey Jacobs of Piedmont; Blaine Hubbard and his wife Alex of Fort Leonardwood, Missouri; Hope Baily and her husband Harley de Hulbert; and Jewel and Taylor Cronkhite of Kingfisher.
Doris will be sadly missed by 14 great-grandchildren: Peyton, Malikai, Brooklyn, Carlee, Parker, Aniston, Jude, Ezra, Liam, Laura, Amelia, Claire, Maddie and Grayson.
Over the years, Doris has enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities, ball games, track meets and wrestling matches.
She loved to sew (make all the girls formal), watch songbirds and squirrels from the breakfast table window, play cards with family and friends at the Seiling Senior Citizens Center every other Monday, watch the OKC Thunder basketball games and Arizona Cardinals football games. She had to cheer on her favorite player, Kyler Murray.
Doris will be remembered for sending countless greeting cards to her family, friends and church family.
She has enjoyed her travels to many destinations across the United States, including Hawaii, Florida, California, and Oregon, as well as her trips to Canada and Mexico.
Finally, Doris was very fond of painting pictures to give to her close friends and family.
Doris was predeceased by her parents, Leroy and Iva Townsend; brother-in-law, Arlen Bradley; son-in-law, John Burns; and her beloved 17-year-old bichon frize, Lucy.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 21 at First Baptist Church in Seiling under the direction of Redinger Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project c/o Redinger Funeral Home, PO Box 236, Seiling, OK, 73663.