Doris Mae Tolbird | Obituary

Doris Mae Tolbird

Doris Mae Tolbird (nee Range), 83, of Columbia, died Oct. 26, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, St. Louis, surrounded by her family.

She was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Cahokia, daughter of the late Joseph and Emma Range (nee Levin).

She married James D. “J.D.” Tolbird Jr. on Nov. 25, 1949; he preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1989.

Mrs. Tolbird was a longtime member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Cahokia and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She attended St. Teresa Academy and Dupo High School.

She retired in the early 1990s as the bookkeeper for J.D. Tolbird, Inc., (Roger’s Cartage Trucking Company), Sauget.

After retirement, she was active in the Columbia Woman’s Club, Immaculate Conception Altar Society, Immaculate Conception RENEW Group and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed playing pinochle, bunco and quilt bingo, and going to lunch with her many life-long friends. Some of her most treasured moments were spending time with family and friends at her lake home on Lake of Egypt in Southern Illinois.

Survivors include one son and two daughters, Douglas (Donna) Tolbird of San Antonio, Texas, Geri (Allyn) Konrad of Collierville, Tenn., and Tammy (P. Michael) Read of Columbia; son-in-law Don Noski of Cahokia; 10 grandchildren, Jessica (Zach) Busby, Stacy (Blake) Emery, Donnie (Ella) Noski, Chad (fiancée Erica Hampton) Noski, Katie Noski, Lisa (David) Schmidt, Bridget (Mike) Walton, A.J. Konrad, Mattie and Patrick McDermott; five step-grandchildren, Aaron Wilhelm, Brenna (Mike) Burgiel, Michaela (Tony) Campagnolo, Kerry and Dillon Read; eight great-grandchildren, Kamdyn Emery, Brittany Stover, Brianna Noski, Jared and Peyton Schmidt, Trey, Carson and Addison Walton; brothers-in-law Toliver Tolbird and Larry Tolbird; one sister-in-law, Clara Range; and dear nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter Sandra Noski; brothers Theodore, Paul, Virgil, Joseph Jr. and Kenneth Range; and sisters Ermantine Gruninger and Gertrude Doerr.

Visitation was Oct. 29, at Braun Family Funeral Home, Columbia.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 30, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Father Carl Scherrer officiating.

Interment followed at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.

Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Church or Immaculate Conception School.

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