Doris Emma Kirchhoff Flair

Monday, November 12, 2018

Doris Emma Kirchhoff Flair, 92, passed away July 20, 2018.
She was born June 3, 1926 in Blackburn, to Edward and Dora Flair Kirchhoff. She was the fifth of six children, all of whom preceded her in death.
She graduated high school in 1944 and left for the big city (Kansas City) to work at the Farm Credit Administration until the end of WWII, then worked for the Public Roads Administration. In 1947, she married Norris E. Saunders and moved to Palo Alto, Calif., where Norris was enrolled at Stanford University. They had two daughters: Kimberley, born in 1948, and Mary, born in 1952. They moved from Palo Alto to Bakersfield, then to Long Beach, where they spent 12 years before moving to Sacramento, Carpinteria and Los Angeles (all in California). In 1970, Norris and Doris divorced, and Doris went back to school at the age of 45 and became a registered nurse. She worked most of her working career at Rancho Los Amigos in Downey. She was named nurse of the year in 1981 and in 1982 served as an R.N. advisor on the movie, “Water Dance.” She retired in 1993 and moved from Anaheim to Sacramento to be nearer to her children. She was an avid supporter of human rights – supporting the Farm Workers in California in their plight for decency, and she continued to support causes that supported the less privileged. People remembered her fondly for her kindness and friendliness. She was a stubborn Missourian (show me!) but wanted so much to be kind and decent to all people. She will be missed very much.
She is survived by her two daughters, Mary Coelho of Carmichael, Calif., and Kim Bauer of Port Angeles, Wash.