Doris Jane Severns

July 02, 1940 ‒ December 25, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Doris Jane Severns, age 78, of Marion, passed away peacefully at Kingston Residence of Marion, Tuesday, December 25, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

Doris was born in Marion, Ohio on July 2, 1940 to the late Harold and Mabel (Johnson) Ulsh.  Doris attended Marion Harding School graduating in the class of 1958.  While in band, Doris met her soon to be husband Roger Dean Severns.  The two were wed shortly after graduation on February 21, 1959 and have been inseparable since.

Doris was truly a wonderful woman seeing the beauty in every situation.  She was sure to make everyone feel loved and welcomed while hosting as many parties as possible.   Her keen ability to make something out of nothing led her to a wonderful and welcoming home.   She also had a love of decorating cakes and made many brides overjoyed with the beautiful work that she created.

During Doris’ working years, she was employed at JC Penney’s as a clerk in the shoe department and later began a long banking career with Home Federal Savings and Loan, later retiring from Commercial Savings Bank in 2003.

Being a woman of faith, Doris was a long time member of The Marion First Church of the Nazarene.  She was instrumental in the creation of the Easter Passion production of “How Great Thou Art” and in the development of the In His Name Ministries.  She gave unselfishly of her time and talents in decorating the church for Christmas and special events.  Her love for travel and a passion for missions led her and her husband to volunteer on countless Work and Witness trips to Alaska, Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica, Grenada, South Africa and at home in The United States.

Doris is survived and will be missed by her husband, Roger; children, Cathleen (Terry) Hensel of Morral, Carolyn (Phil) Robbins of Marion, Charon (Keith) Hiles of Wheelersburg, Ohio and Christopher (Karin) Severns of Milford, Ohio; grandchildren, Joshua (Heesuk) Brown, Todd (Jacque) Hensel, Adam Brown, Taryn Hensel, Elisha (Tom) Walczak, Jeffrey Lowe, Kollin Hiles, Ethan Hiles, Alyssa (Jesse) Terbrueggen, Emma Hiles, and Breana Severns; and 7 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Ulsh.

A private family memorial service will be followed by a Celebration of Life gathering of family and friends to be held at The Marion First Church of The Nazarene, 233 West Church Street, Marion, Friday, January 4, 2019 from 5 until 7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doris’ honor to Capital City Hospice, The Marion First Church of the Nazarene, or Kingston Residence of Marion.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Doris’ family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • Doris was Such a special lady. I always enjoyed working with her at Home Federal. I especially remember her kindness, her incredible love of her family, and her laugh😊. What a welcome home she will have with Jesus.
    We are keeping all her family close in prayer.

  • I met Doris at first church and later we were in red hats together. We also belonged to artisans guild and it was fun to bid against her for craft books no longer wanted by members. I heard she was sick, but had no idea she was this ill. My heart goes out to roger and family. Blessings to all of you

  • I worked with Doris at Saving of America and loved every minute. She was s joy to work with and had a joy for life. I can still hear her laugh! She talked about her family and how she loved every one! My prayers are with the family. She will be missed

  • I worked with Doris at Home Federal. She loved life and people and was always laughing and smiling. Doris always saw the good in everything. She will be dearly missed.

  • Doris was a great Christian lady! We spent a lot of time with her and Roger when they worked with the teens and How Great Thou Art. Well done good and faithful servant! She will be missed.

  • Doris was one of the sweetest ladies I ever met in Artisans. She was always smiling, helpful and kind. I enjoyed meeting her and she will be missed by many.

  • Sincere condolence to the Severns family. While words fail to capture the pain of losing your beloved Doris, you can look forward to the time when words will fail to express the joy of having our Heavenly Father return your dear one soon—Psalm 146:4, John 5:28-29. In the meantime, may our Heavenly Father, and cherished memories strengthen you to cope at this time.

  • My Aunt Doris was a wonderful Christian lady. I always remember great times with her, my Uncle Roger, and my cousins. We spent a lot of time together when we were all young, took some vacations together, and of course attended church together. Nothing but good memories of my aunt. She made our wedding cake, one of her many hospitality talents. Thankful to call her my Aunt Doris.

  • Roger, my heart goes out to you over the loss of your life partner. I pray for God’s Holy Spirit to lift you up and sustain you during these dark days.

  • Roger, I am so sorry for your loss, she is now in a better place. Roger you take care and reach out to your many friends. Gregg Swain

  • Cathy, So sorry to read of your Mother’s passing. I recall my mother working with her at Marion Federal Savings & Loan. I never made the connection to you until now. May you treasure your memories.

  • My deepest sympathy. I remember our families getting together when we were young. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.