Well done thy good and faithful servant. Well done! Doris Kippen Trussell held the hand of her loving husband, as she shed her mortal burdens and rejoined her son and daughter on December 3, 2023.
Doris was born January 18, 1935, in Porterville, Utah to Joe and Harriet Kippen. Her family included two brothers.
Doris learned early the value of hard work and a kind spirit from working with her family on their large sheep ranch. She often helped her Mother prepare meals for all the workers, which was no small task.
Doris married her eternal sweetheart Donald F. Trussell on March 3, 1954 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Their 70-year love story is the truest example of pure and unconditional love. Their marriage was blessed with six children.
Together they followed Don’s military service that took them to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, and then back to Utah where Don was employed at Hill Air Force Base. Don and Doris lived in Morgan until 1984. Then they moved to Henefer, where they made many lifelong friends. Doris had an incredible work ethic and while raising six children worked multiple jobs. Each of her children shares her spirit of hard work, service, and quick humor.
When most folks would be ready to retire, Don and Doris decided Wyoming and the Lazy V8 ranch would be their next adventure. Together they worked on the ranch, watched the sunsets, and made a welcome home for all who visited. In 2018, they sold their ranch and returned home to Utah. They found her dream home by the river in Croydon, Utah. She enjoyed listening to the birds, watching the neighboring farm animals, and countless deer and most especially being able to look across the valley to her family’s old ranch, and most importantly being close to her family. She made a home that was filled with love, where she shared treasured stories and histories.
This life was far from easy for Doris and yet she weathered each challenge with grace and love. She never doubted that she was loved. Doris held a testimony of the gospel and of her Savior that was unmatched. She was always ready and willing to share her beliefs of the gospel and of Jesus Christ. She valued the teachings of the gospel and was a wonderful example. Doris served in many different church callings in the wards of Henefer and Morgan.
Doris loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was a fierce protector of them. She had wise advice, a joyous laugh, and a loving hug for all of them. She shared with them her many artistic talents, including painting, embroidery, sewing and crochet. Doris always had a craft project in work, and her talents were extraordinary. More than a few of her neighbors and friends were gifted a special handmade treasure. Gardening vegetables and flowers was also one of her greatest talents. Her vegetable garden and flower garden were a major source of joy to her. It was a genuine joy for her to work with her hands in the soil and she took immense pride in her beautiful flowers and the roses that surrounded her home.
She lived a full life and her legacy of kindness will be surely missed.
Doris is survived by her loving husband Donald F. Trussell and four children along with their wives. Kim (Mary Ann) Trussell, Kent (Lisa) Trussell, a daughter in law Korlynn Trussell, Jim (Cathy) Trussell, and Jeff (TeArie) Trussell. Doris leaves a legacy of 31 grandchildren and 17 great children, as well as many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Teresa Trussell and her son John Trussell, her grandson Brennan Trussell, her parents, and two brothers.
A special thank you to the Enhabit home health team and especially Jenni Lake, whose skill and kindness brought a special comfort to Doris and to all of us.
We know our Mom is looking down, arm in arm with Teresa and John; watching over all of us, and we are grateful to have such a special angel to guide us until we meet again.
A viewing will be held Friday, December 8, 2023 from 6 to 8 PM, at the Henefer Church, 632 N. Main, Henefer, Utah 84033. A viewing will be held Saturday, December 9, 2023, from 10-11:30 AM, and funeral services will be held starting at 12 PM, also at the Henefer Church.