Delores “Dee” Stockwell Doll passed away April 26, 2021, at her home in Grain Valley, Missouri. It was no surprise to her family and friends that her strong will, dignity and peaceful grace would serve to inspire everyone during the illness that took her from us.
Delores was born to Homer and Sue (Massey) Stockwell July 21, 1952. She became the middle child between two older and two younger children. As a child, and later an adult, Delores was a member of the Independence Boulevard Christian Church (IBCC) in Kansas City. More recently, Delores attended First Baptist Grain Valley. She always thought of IBCC and Disciples of Christ as her true church home.
Delores grew up with a large extended family in Liberty and Kearney, Missouri, on the family’s farms south of Kearney with cousins everywhere. In later years, she was instrumental in having her maternal great-grandparent’s, grandparent’s and uncle’s farm recognized as one of Clay County’s Missouri Centennial Farms. She attended Liberty Public Schools, graduating from Liberty High School in 1970. In 1974, she graduated from William Jewell College with a degree in education. Delores began her career as an educator as an elementary school teacher with Liberty Public Schools and later became principal of Liberty’s Kindergarten school.
As a classroom teacher and principal, Delores continued her education, earning master's and PhD degrees in education from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. After her service with the Liberty Public School System, she served as an Assistant Superintendent with the St. Joseph, Missouri School District and then Director of Staff Development for the Columbia, Missouri School District. She later returned to Blue Springs from Columbia and began classroom teaching with the Kansas City, Missouri Public School District. She finished her career retiring from the Blue Springs School District.
After retiring as an educator in 2000, Delores began her second 15-plus-year career as a librarian, at, among other places, William Jewell College, various branches of the Mid-Continent Public Library and the Rolling Hills Public Library. She then retired again and focused her attention on her hobby of making beautiful quilts for family and friends. One of her final quilts was a duplicate of the quilt that her Grandmother Massey made for her when Delores was a small child. Delores made this duplicate quilt using the family’s quilting frame that was used to make far too many quilts to count through the generations.
Delores is survived by her daughter, Kinzie Wooderson (Brett) of Blue Springs; sisters, Dianne Kennedy (Mike), Grain Valley; and Delisa Stockwell, Liberty; brothers, David Stockwell (Jonnie), Kennesaw, Georgia and Dale Stockwell, Liberty. She is also survived by nieces and nephews who were always slightly in awe of their schoolteacher aunt: Shannon, Brittany and Melissa; and nephews, Aaron, Zachary and Dean. Surviving also are the many cousins of her extended family.
Delores was predeceased by her parents; a brother and sister, Dean and Donna; maternal grandparents, Tapp and Edith Massey; and paternal grandparents, Archie and Goldie Stockwell.
It was Delores’ request that there be no services. Immediate family will be gathering to remember her and honor her wishes to have her ashes spread.
The family would like to thank her amazing care team with Crossroads Hospice who has provided her with the best of care, friendships and support over the past year into her final moments.
In lieu of flowers, the family would request donation to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org) or in support for her passion for the importance of early literacy through a donation to reachoutandreadkc.org.
Full obituary is available at meyersfuneralchapel.com.