Doris Brennecke Davault, 94, of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home.
She was born October 25, 1920, in Allenville, Missouri, to Joseph “Joe” Henry and Cora Chostner Brennecke. She and Wm. Hughes Davault were married November 20, 1941. They had been married 70 years when he passed away July 7, 2012.
Doris was the young age of 16 when she graduated high school and was valedictorian of her class. She attended Southeast Missouri State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1942. In 1970, she received a master’s in business education from SEMO, and was the first person to receive a master’s in business education from SEMO.
Doris started teaching school at the age of 19. Schools in which she taught are Delta, Bell City, Oak Ridge, 18 years at Jackson High School, and a term at SEMO State University. This included a year at the former Liberty Elementary School near Gordonville and a year in the elementary grades at Delta – a total of 31 years of teaching. Prior to teaching at Jackson, she sponsored classes, school newspapers, yearbooks, and directed school plays. Five yearbooks were dedicated to her.
While teaching at Jackson, she organized the first cooperative type program (also the first in Southeast Missouri high schools) in which students could be enrolled in Clerical or Secretarial Office Practice classes and receive both school credit and financial compensation for working in local community businesses. She enjoyed serving as president of District and State Business Teachers Contest Association and had many successful students in those contests. She was the first business teacher to have SEMO student teachers in her classroom – 22 students in 14 years. She retired in 1976.
After retirement, she authored and published three family history and genealogy books and co-authored another with her late cousin – Herbert Schaper.
Doris had been a faithful member of New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson since 1956. In addition to serving on many committees, she was a 50+ year member and past president of United Methodist Women; was a member of the Together Sunday School class, and periodically taught Sunday School since 1976. In 1997, she wrote “One Hundred Years Methodist Women’s Organizations, 1897 to 1997”, and also directed a pageant at New McKendree commemorating the work of Methodist women.
Other offices and affiliations include past regent of John Guild Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution; district officer, state chairman, and state officer in the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, inducted in 2014 as an honorary regent of the local chapter; longtime member and Past Worthy Matron of Order of the Eastern Star; longtime member of the Jackson Heritage Association and a tour chairperson in its early years; member of Cape Girardeau County Genealogy Association; and Missouri Retired Teachers Association.
Loving survivors include a son, Webster Joe (Gail) Davault of Jackson; a daughter Suzanna (David) Clippard of Richmond Virginia; five grandchildren; Dax (Marti) Davault, and Ian (Janice) Davault of Pensacola, Florida, Matthew (Lauren) Clippard and Mark (Stacy) Clippard of Sarasota, Florida, Kristen (Kristian) Zamber, of Arlington, Texas; and eleven great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces, Clinton (Beth) Summers, Alan (Pat) Summers, Paul (Sue) Davault, Mary Chris Davault; and a sister-in-law, Jean Davault of Richmond, Missouri.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Carman Brennecke Below.
Friends may call Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 4 to 8 PM, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and Sunday, February 8, from 1 PM to service time, at the South Campus of New McKendree United Methodist Church (1770 S. Hope Street, Jackson).
The funeral will be Sunday, at 2 PM, at the church, with the Revs. Jimmie Corbin and David Clippard officiating.
Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson.
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