Nancy K. Doss, 85, of Hampstead, North Carolina, formerly of Kankakee, Illinois, and Keokuk, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2022, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Nancy was born in Burlington, Iowa, on February 10, 1936, the daughter of Walter J. and Edith F. (Mehmkin) Platte. She grew up in Keokuk, Iowa, and in 1953, she was united in marriage to William R. Doss in Keokuk, Iowa. He survives.
Nancy started her love for horses at the age of three in Keokuk with the help from her parents. She obtained and trained her own horses and competed with some of the best horses in the Midwest in horse shows, where she reached great success. She was well-known in the horse world for her capabilities and was written up in several magazines. Nancy’s love for horses continued when she moved to Kankakee, Illinois, where her children were raised and schooled. This was where she founded the family horse breeding operation, Lynn Oak Arabians, achieving high success with her breeding program and helping others to get started on their own. She moved to Dittmer, Missouri, in 1991, to an eighteen-acre homestead which provided much joy and recreation to all family members. In her free time, Nancy stayed busy planting flowers, gardening, canning, golfing, and caring for the horses. She will always be remembered for being a terrific mother and wife to Bill and a friend to others. Nancy was always smiling and cheerful and loved by many.
Nancy is survived by her husband William “Bill” Doss of Hampstead, North Carolina; her son Richard Lee “Rick” (Ali) Doss of Greensboro, North Carolina; her daughter Kay Lynn (Chris) Cornett of Fruitport, Michigan; brother Jim (Marilyn) Platte of Naperville, Illinois; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, her son William Ray “Billy” Doss, Jr., and her sister Sandy Platte.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home in Keokuk, Iowa, with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Keokuk, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 11, from 4 to 7 pm, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to St. Martin’s United Church of Christ (7890 Dittmer Ridge Road, Dittmer, MO 63023).
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