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Doris Louise Rubsam

October 10, 1927 November 23, 2011
Doris Louise Rubsam
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Doris Louise (Davis) Rubsam, 84, Worthington, Minnesota passed away from a sudden illness at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

Doris was born on October 10, 1927 in Paris, Illinois to Margaret (Lindley) and Daniel Davis. Doris was the third child and oldest daughter of eight children. In 1930, the family moved to a farm near Harris, Iowa. Doris was baptized at the Harris Methodist Church. In 1940, her father died suddenly and as the oldest daughter she helped care for her younger siblings and became a lifelong mentor to them. Doris graduated from Harris High School and began her teaching career in a one room school house in 1945. She spent many summers in college and ultimately received her teaching degree from Mankato State University.

Doris married her high school classmate Maurice Rubsam in Harris, Iowa on May 22, 1949. Doris taught in Schaller, Ocheyden and Harris Iowa early in her career. She and Maurice lived in California and North Carolina while Maurice was serving in the Marine Corps. Doris and Maurice raised three children (Scott, Stacy and Shawn) in Worthington, Minnesota.

Doris taught in the Brewster, Minnesota school district from 1963 until her retirement in 1992. “Mrs. Rubsam” was a dedicated teacher and took great pride in the many students who graced her classroom. She was known as a stern yet creative and caring educator who made the classroom a fun and intriguing learning environment.

Doris was a larger than life individual filled with passion for many different things. She loved travel and visited many places around the world. She had many special trips with her close friend, Fredi Lowry. Doris was a staunch supporter of the Democratic party and loved to discuss politics. Doris loved playing bridge and doing the daily crossword puzzle. She enjoyed sports and was a major Twins fan. Doris was a life long learner with an amazing curiosity and an avid reader up until the time of her death. Anyone who met Doris was put through the drill of 20 questions to determine how they might be connected.

Doris was a member of PEO, ADK and the First United Methodist Church in Worthington.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice, her parents, her brothers Burton Dale and James Davis and sister Dorothy Davis.

Doris is survived by her children Scott Rubsam, Stacy (Betsy Draxten) Rubsam and Shawn (Peter) Moore, grandchildren Alison (Basche) Lieder (Kevin), Peter and Scott Rubsam, McKinley and Madison Moore, and great grand children Dylan and Morgan Lieder all of the Twin Cities. Doris is also survived by her brothers Bill (Bobbie) Davis Harris, Iowa and Dan (Arlene) Davis of Garner, Iowa and her sisters Mary (Robert) Michalica, Clarendon Hills, Illinois and Marjorie (Rev. Gary) Arp, Marion, Iowa, and sisters-in-law Carol Davis (Sioux Falls, SD) and Phyllis Davis (Algona, IA). She also leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at Benson Funeral Home, Worthington.
The service will be at noon Dec. 3 at First United Methodist Church with visitation in the chapel at 11 a.m., Worthington, with the Rev. Gordon Orde officiating. Casket bearers will be Kevin Lieder, Alison Lieder, McKinley Moore, Madison Moore, Peter Rubsam and Scott D. Rubsam.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Harris, Iowa.

Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to the Fredi Lowry - Doris Rubsam Educational Foundation or the organization of your choosing.

“Get the best education that you can, be the hardest worker in the room, use your common sense and always follow the Golden Rule.”

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