Doris M. Abel of Belle was born July 31, 1929 in Belle, Missouri to Jesse and Edith (Wallace) Birdsong and passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021 at the age of 92 years.
On August 28, 1949 she married Terry Abel in Belle, Missouri.
Doris was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church.
She was a 1947 graduate of Belle High School and Valedictorian of her class. She went on to receive her Associates Degree from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri in 1949 and later received her teaching certificate from Lincoln University.
Doris taught at Belle High School for 29 years, teaching many different grades and many different classes.
Together with Terry, they ran the ABC store in Belle for 67 years until a fire took it from them. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Edith Birdsong; one brother, Glen Birdsong; and one sister, Faye Turner.
She is survived by her husband, Terry Abel; one daughter, Terra Sue Abel of Jefferson City, Missouri; one son, Ty Abel and wife Beverly of Belle, Missouri; six grandchildren, Sonya Hance and husband Arthur, Sara Clime and husband Craig, Emily Kempker and husband Darrin, Tori Snitker and husband Shannon, Shay Abel and wife Victoria and Kaci Jones and husband Gavin; 12 great grandchildren, Arthur Lee Hance and wife Jordan, Mallory Siegler and husband Logan, Catelyne Hayes and husband Colin, Cade Snitker, Connor Clime, Edie Kempker, T.J. Clime, Kylea Kempker, Lydia Jones, Chloe Jones, Landri Abel and Harrison Abel; and six great great grandchildren, Brooks Hance, Blair Siegler, Raylee Hance, Harlyn Siegler, Aspyn Siegler, and Charlee Hance; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021, at the First Baptist Church in Belle, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Belle, Missouri with Robert Trigo officiating.
Interment followed in the Liberty Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Sassmann’s Chapel in Belle, Missouri.