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September 2, 2020


Doris Jean was born on July 6, 1925, to Margaret and C. B. (Ben) Thomason, on a farm in Alfalfa County near Burlington, Oklahoma. Ben homesteaded there in the Land Run of 1893, and throughout life Doris was grateful for her pioneer heritage and was proudly a member of Oklahoma's First Families of the Twin Territories. Her appreciation for growing up in a rural community was why paying it forward became a guiding principle in her life.

She met fellow contestant Robert L Armbruster, from nearby Driftwood Schools, at a county speech contest. Following her graduation from Burlington High School...

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