Official Obituary of

Doris E. Brown

February 25, 1944 ~ March 29, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Doris Brown Obituary

Doris Earlene Brown was born February 25, 1944 in Nashville, Tennessee to Janell Gray and Earl Bantom. In 1971, Doris moved to Kansas City, Missouri with her baby daughter, Alethea. Shortly after moving to Kansas City, she met and married Billy D. Brown, II (“Bill”). Their loving marriage brought forth a son, Billy D. Brown, III, and, together, Bill and Doris raised their children until Bill’s death in 1981. Bill was her soul mate and taught her so much in their short time together. Bill was a wonderful father and husband. Doris always believed she was blessed to have wonderful in-laws that she loved so dearly.

Doris received her education in the Nashville, Tennessee public school system. She attended Tennessee State University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

Professionally, Doris began her career as a social worker in Nashville, Tennessee and continued that work after her move to Kansas City, including serving as a Welfare-to-Work Coordinator at Penn Valley Community College (“Penn Valley”). She retired from Penn Valley in that capacity in 2005. In addition to her work as an impactful social worker, Doris was one of Kansas City’s leading entrepreneurs. For 25 years, Doris owned and operated La Nail Salon and La Nail Institute, training, graduating, and developing professional nail technicians.

Doris was a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a member of St. James United Methodist Church of Kansas City, Missouri. Doris loved working with people of all ages. She participated in many community activities. In all areas of her life, she always endeavored to be honest and loyal to everyone. These attributes were developed as a result of her mother’s and grandmother’s teaching.

Doris later met and married C. Artis Ashley in 1988. Their marriage was dissolved in 1996 after 8 years.

Throughout her lifetime, Doris had some very special young women in her life and she loved them dearly. These young women were very important to her and Doris requested that each of the following women be recognized with her love and honor: Sherry Mitchell, Brenda Fadell, Kimberly Denton, Connie Powell, Terrell Allen, Leslie Wilson, Nicole Flowers, Michelle Sells, Christine Pearson, Jessica Hilliard, Armelita Levey, Marilyn Ross, Shelly Ellingburg, Debra Counts, Vernita Spears, and Theretha Moore.

Doris was preceded in death by her son, Little Master William T. Woodson, III; parents, Janell and Benjamin Woodard; father, Earl Bantom; and two brothers, Dr. Earl Chivis and Paul Woodard. Doris leaves to cherish her memory: two children, daughter, Alethea Brown Gray and son, Billy D. Brown, III; five sisters, Celestine Woodard and Lois McClain (both of Nashville, TN), Patricia Bantom-Brown and Denise Wilson (both of Philadelphia, PA), and Erica Martin (Mickleton, NJ); one brother, Michael Bantom (San Juan Capistrano, CA); four grandchildren, Courtney J. Gray and DeShaun E., D’Nele and D’Mele Brown (all of Kansas City, MO); godchildren, Cherie Burton, Tanika Shaw, and Dr. Delphia Parker; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.

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Memorial Service
April 7, 2024

1:00 PM
Serenity Funeral Home
1101 E Bannister Rd
Kansas City, MO 64131

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