January 1, 1924 - September 13, 2020

Doris Susanna Birky, 86, of Shipshewana, passed away on Sunday,
September 13 at her residence. She was born January 1, 1934 in LaGrange
County to Evan and Clara (Speicher) Lambright. On May 4, 1954 at Shore
Church she married Ivan R. Birky, he survives. Surviving in addition to her
husband are three children, Marleen (Tom Daley) Birky of Painesville
Township, OH, Kevin Birky of Clearwater, FL, and Melinda (Cory) Brown of
Shipshewana; four grandchildren, Autumn, Adam, Evan and Carson; a sister,
Rachel Troyer. Doris was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters,
Lois Hooley, Ruth Miller and Evelyn Hostetler. Doris attended Goshen
College for one year and then received her LPN in nursing from the
Indianapolis School of Nursing. She worked at LaGrange Hospital for 10
years. After leaving the hospital, she volunteered for the American Red Cross
when they did blood drives. Doris loved hosting people in their home and in
1992 she created Birky’s Country Garden’s Bed and Breakfast, hosting
people from near and far until her retirement in 2011. Doris was an active
member of Shore Church where she helped in many ways; including, youth
sponsor, Bible School teacher, attending the sewing circle and serving on
the stewardship commission. Doris enjoyed her flower gardens and having
family come over. She was loved by her family and blessed especially by her
grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday,
September 18, at the Farmstead Inn and Conference Center, Shipshewana. A
private memorial service will be held on Saturday. Services will be conducted
by Pastors Carl Horner and Nic Raber. Memorial contributions may be given
to the Rainbow Years Learning Ministry.

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From: Jan Ropp
Bob and I have many happy memories spent with the two of you over the
years. Praying for God's peace at this time of loss/transition. So glad for
her---sad for your loniness.
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From: Phyllis Dintaman Stutzman
Peace to you as you both mourn and celebrate Doris' life. As a child
growing up at Shore Mennonite Church I so admired Doris -who was
single, and her 2 sisters, then also single, Evelyn and Rachel. To my mind,
they were a kind, beautiful trio. Her marriage came at the time I was
leaving home for GC, so my updates and connections for many years cam
e throug h Carol and Vernon. Her life holds the rich heritage of kindness
and love, that she gave to her family and friends.
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From: Jane Chiovare
So sorry for your loss. My sister and I stayed at the B&B several times over
the years. Doris was an amazing woman,so kind and friendly. I have many
happy memories being in her company.

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From: Robin Scaramella
I am so sorry to read of Doris Birkys passing. My sister and I were frequent
visitors at Doris's B & B. Doris was the perfect host. So many fond
memories! My deepest condolences to Doriss family. May she rest in
heavenly peace.
Doris S. Birky