Dorris Sackles, born August 25, 1925 in Lincoln, Arkansas passed away peacefully on Wednesday December 20, 2023 at CHI Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City.  She was the only child of Troy and Zilpha Cushing of Lincoln, AR who moved to Nebraska City when Dorris was age two.  Upon graduation from Nebraska City High School in 1942, Dorris moved to Detroit where she attended Western Union (WU) school.  After working in Detroit for one year, she requested a transfer to the WU offices in New York City.  It was there where she met and fell in love with her husband of 53 years, Arthur Sackles of Brooklyn, NY.  The newlyweds lived in Manhattan until Dorris convinced him to move back to Nebraska.  Together with Dorris’ parents, they purchased a neighborhood grocery store and named it Kearney Hill Market.  The joint families owned and operated their business for 28 years.  Dorris was an active member of the DAR (Past President local chapter), Past President VFW Auxiliary, the National Spoon Club, Girl Scouts, Nebraska City Historical Society, Nebraska City Main Street Historians, United Methodist Church, Past President Eagles Auxiliary, Red Hats and Questers (an antique collector club).  An avid collector of antiques and collectibles, Dorris enjoyed flea markets and auctions.  She was passionate about spoon collecting and anything associated with Nebraska City, from post cards to glassware.  In addition to collecting, she found time to paint tea towels, decorate cakes and cookies, create masterful needle work and prize-winning quilts.  Throughout their marriage Arthur and Dorris were ardent dancers from ballroom to square dancing and even disco.  Survivors include her son, David and wife Connie (Fenske) of Nebraska City; daughters, Cindy (Jerry) Wright of Huntington Beach, CA, and Mindy (Lenny) Goldblatt of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren, Matthew and Julie (Noren), Beth Ann (Chris) Doering, Nicole (Shane) Orr; great grandchildren, Hannah, Cody, Brody, and Emily.  The family wants to thank the staff at CHI Health St. Mary’s, the staff and many friends at the Ambassador facility and caregivers from the Good Samaritan center from Auburn.  A special thanks to her longtime caregivers Brenda and Rhonda.  We so appreciate all the prayers, love and support given to us by family and friends. 


A memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 17, 2024 at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City with burial to follow in Wyuka Cemetery.  The family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service. 


In lieu of flowers Dorris requested donations be made to the Nebraska City Veterans Memorial Building Project, PO Box 121, Nebraska City, NE 68410. 


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Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.