A memorial service for Delores “Dorie” Naramore, 89, Wichita, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Presbyterian Manor in Wichita.
Mrs. Naramore died on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Presbyterian Manor in Wichita. She had suffered from congestive heart failure.
She was born on June 20, 1920, and raised in the farming community of Franklin, Minn., the daughter of Hannah (Jensen) and Alfred Ranzinger. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from Fairfield General Hospital in Minneapolis in 1942, and immediately afterward joined the Army to serve in World War II. She was assigned to the 45th General Hospital nurses’ corps, which was deployed to the theaters of North Africa and Italy. She received battle stars for three campaigns. She helped provide care to Allied soldiers suffering from injury and shell shock, to German prisoners of war, and to partisan guerrilla soldiers coming in from the field. She also helped care for the hundreds of victims of the German bombing of the harbor at Bari, Italy.
Mrs. Naramore was a homemaker, and after her children were raised she returned for a time to nursing.
She especially enjoyed baking, as well as cooking for her family, including learning to make vegetarian dishes for some of her grandchildren. She was a renowned gardener. She took pride in her family, and was staunchly patriotic and devout in her belief in God.
She met her future husband, Maj. John Naramore, during World War II on the Isle of Capri. They married in 1946 and settled in Wichita. He preceded her in death.
Her parents and her only sister, Betty Hoffman, also preceded her in death.
Survivors include a daughter Mary Chaney and Errol Merkel; sons Arch Naramore and wife Cindy Suenram, David Naramore and wife Judy, and John Naramore and wife Eileen Larson; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Social Service League, 905 R.I., Lawrence, KS 66044.