Doris Kopp Fraley of St. Charles, Missouri died on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 95 years of age.
Loving wife of the late Lawrence Fraley; beloved daughter of the late John and Edna Kopp; beloved twin sister of Dorothy Hackmann; devoted mother of Marsha (Michael) Longbine, Susan (James) Gerker, and Laura (Mark) Meyer; cherished grandmother of John Longbine, Heather (Timothy) Yarbrough, Meghan (Alex) Luebbert, Annie Gerker, Daniel (Laura) Meyer, and Gregory (Christina) Meyer; great grandmother to Ethan and Tyler Longbine, Madilyn and Katilyn Yarbrough, Geneva and Harrison Luebbert, and Margaret Meyer.
Doris was born and raised on South Main Street in St. Charles, and she spent the rest of her days in this community she loved. Growing up, she and her identical twin were always together, and this special bond remained with Doris throughout her entire life. Doris was a life-long member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was actively involved, singing in the choir, attending bible study, and volunteering. Her life revolved around faith, family, friends, and Christian service. She was admired for her deep faith, sweet nature, calm strength, and kindness. She was never one to sit still, always productive, always giving to others.
Doris attended Immanuel Lutheran School, St. Charles High School and Miss Hickey's School for Business. Upon graduating, she worked as an executive secretary for 4 years. In 1949, she married Lawrence "Larry" Fraley and devoted her life to homemaking, children, and volunteer work. They had a large circle of friends and socialized regularly at the American Legion and Immanuel Lutheran. Doris was an avid pinochle player and talented dancer. Her specialty was the jitterbug, and she and Larry were part of the Exclusive 100 Dance Club.
Doris was a talented seamstress who applied her craft at St. Charles Decorating Center for 22 years. For many years she played a lead role in making elaborate Medieval costumes for the esteemed Boars Head Festival celebrated each year during Advent at Immanuel Lutheran Church. In addition, she was an active contributor to Immanuel's Little Dresses charity program, sewing hundreds of dresses that were donated to girls in need all over the world. She loved to bake and was famous for her perfect lemon meringue and apple pies.
Doris quietly touched the lives of everyone she met and will be deeply missed.