STEPHENVILLE – Services for Nancy Virginia Dorris, 84, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at First Baptist Church of Stephenville with Dr. Ken May officiating. Burial will follow at West End Cemetery.  

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Stephenville Funeral Home.

Virginia was born in Fort Worth to the late Robert and Isabelle Evans Alexander. Her great-grandfather was Captain Sam Evans, an early State Representative and Senator from Fort Worth and for whom Evans Avenue was named.

She took great pride in her family history and was known for her civic and political involvement, her love of golf, art, family and friends.  

Following graduation from Arlington Heights High School, Class of 1952, Virginia was a Geology major at TCU. On June 26, 1954, she married her high school sweetheart, Ken Dorris. They started their family while Ken was stationed at Camp Chaffee, Fort Smith, Arkansas during the Korean War. While Ken completed his veterinary medical education, she was the secretary for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service - Firemen’s Training School and remained committed to firefighter causes for many years to follow.

When Virginia and Ken chose to make Stephenville their home in 1965, she became active in the community and held numerous leadership positions. In 1969, she served on the committee to create the Stephenville Comprehensive Plan, forecasting and planning for the city’s future development. In the following year, Virginia was appointed to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission, a position that she held continuously from 1970 to 2003. She was instrumental in the writing and adoption of the Zoning Ordinances in 1969 and 1984. She, again, served on the committee for the Stephenville Comprehensive Plan of 1990.

While always active in local politics, Virginia served as Campaign Manager for Senator Bob Glasgow from 1981 to 1993, organizing events, speaking with constituents and managing campaign finances. During this time, she supported and coordinated local activities for Governor Ann Richards, as well as other statewide candidates. She was, also, honored by the local chapter of the NAACP as their “Person of the Year.”

Virginia was an avid golfer and encouraged the growth of women’s golf in the area. She played in golf tournaments across North Texas and was very involved in the

Stephenville Women’s Golf Association. She was a member of the Stephenville Study Club and held various leadership roles within the organization. Her love of art was displayed through her pottery and ceramics, as well as her involvement with the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council. She competed in the Southwest Ceramics Art Show with her designs and paintings and twice won “Best of Show.”

She and her husband, Ken, opened the Dorris Veterinary Hospital in 1968. They, jointly, served on livestock show and rodeo committees and were integral members in the creation of the Cowboy Walk of Fame.

Virginia is survived by daughter, Debbie Dorris of Stephenville; son, Ken Dorris and wife, Julie, of Ft. Worth; three grandchildren, Katherine Dorris, Caroline Dorris, and William Dorris; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

The family wishes to thank Betty Jack Pratt, the staff of Stephens Home Health and Alpha Omega Hospice for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tarleton State University - Dr. Ken and Virginia Dorris Scholarship Fund, Box T-0260 Stephenville, TX 76402.

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