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Doris Arlene Karst

Doris Arlene Karst, 87, Hays, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at the Hays Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 16, 1926, in rural Barton County to Emanuel and Martha (Steinert) Ochs.

She married Albert Karst on May 26, 1946, in Milberger. She received her teaching certificate at Fort Hays Teachers College and she taught school at Milberger for two years. She received her LPN diploma in 1975 from Fort Hays State University. Her nursing career spanned more than 30 years. She worked at Hadley Regional Medical Center, served as a private duty nurse, worked at Sterling House and retired from Hays Medical Center.

She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. She loved reading, quilting, crocheting, embroidery, knitting, cross-stitch and sewing.

Survivors include four daughters, Dianne Schmidt and husband, Gene, Maryln Schumacher and husband, Larry, and Patty Karst, all of Great Bend, and Lois Herrman and husband, Pat, Lincoln; three sons, Tom Karst and wife, Mary, Hays, Mark Karst and wife, Shannon, Victoria, and Doug Karst, Ellis; two sisters, Alice Batt, Great Bend, and Lila Jean Haberman, Hoisington; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Steve Karst; a daughter, Lanita Smith; a brother, Waldean Wagner; and a sister, Eldora Brower-Ford.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Messiah Lutheran Church, Hays; burial in Mount Allen Cemetery, Hays.

Friends can call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wedensday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, and from 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

A prayer vigil will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested for the future care of her son, Doug Karst, or to the charity of the donor's choice in care of the funeral home.

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