Dorothy Mildred Kerns

Funeral services for Dorothy Mildred Kerns, 92, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Kerns died Sun., Sept. 14, 2014, at Aldersgate Village in Topeka.


She was born Oct. 13, 1921, in Vinland, Kan., the daughter of Clyde Eugene and Minnie Sarah Hoskinson Nichols. She attended Coal Creek and Harmony grade schools, and graduated from Vinland High School in 1939. She later attended Lawrence Business College. Dorothy was employed as a bookkeeper and office manager for Kansas Public Service Gas Co. from 1942 to 1950, and again from 1966 to 1983. She was a member of India F.C.E. and volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.


She married Ralph W. Kerns on Oct. 10, 1948, in Lawrence. He preceded her in death in 1999. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Alta Chanay, and a brother, Warren Nichols. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Dahm and husband Duane, Topeka; two sons, Keith Kerns and wife Leslie, Tucson, Ariz., and Bruce Kerns and wife Annie, Longmont, Colo.; two sisters, Rose Lawson, Baldwin City, and Virginia Walmer and husband Bob, Leawood; six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren


Friends may call from 9 am to 8 pm Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 9 am until service time Friday.  The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

Messages & Condolences

From Ben & Yvonne Rapp...

We have fond memories of Ralph & Dorothy as our neighbors. So very sorry for your loss.

From Tom...

Thinking of you and your family, Bruce and Annie, as Dorothy passes on. Love to you!

From Rachel, Joe, and boys...

So sorry to hear of your loss Annie and Bruce. We are thinking of you!

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