She was born June 21, 1936, in the family home near Manchester, Okla., to Frank and Catherine (Koehler) Feist. She graduated from high school at Sacred Heart Academy in Wichita in 1954, and began her college education at St. Mary’s of the Plains in Dodge City, Kansas, completing her RN degree at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Wichita. She began her nursing career at the Joslin Hospital in Harper and later the Harper Hospital.
On Dec. 28, 1957, she married Donald M. Drouhard in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church south of Manchester, Okla. She worked alongside Don with the farming and livestock operation at their home near Danville. She was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was well known for her homemade pies. She enjoyed her winters in South Texas, where she volunteered for hospice, making blankets for those in need and connecting with her winter Texan friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald on Aug. 24, 2007; one brother, Melvin Feist; and one granddaughter, Minnie Drouhard.
Survivors include her children, Suzanne Drouhard, Harper; Marilee (Byron Nordhus) Drouhard of Wichita, Kansas, Jill (Nick) Hrencher of Hiawatha, Kansas; Mark (Angela) Drouhard of Mead, Colo., and Michelle (Al) Drouhard-Davis of Spring Hill, Kansas; 17 grandchildren, Brady, Coleman, Kaylor, Kindel, Adrie, Evan and Berkley Nordhus, Austin, Zachary, Jacob and Jaye Hrencher, and Mason, Emma, Lily, Sophie, Owen and Dawson Drouhard; siblings, Marion (Linda) Feist of Hollister, Calif., J.C. (Mary Jo) Feist, Leroy (Sonja) Feist of Topeka, Kansas, Larry (Janette) Feist of Manchester, Okla., Anna (Gus) Garcia of Columbus, Ga., Gary (Peggy) Feist of Wakita, Okla., and Vonda Lee of Carlsbad, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Ellen Olivier and Carol (W.C.) Long; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.
A rosary was held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, and the funeral Mass was conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov.16, both in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Danville, Kansas with Father Michael Peltzer officiating. Interment was at the Danville Cemetery under the direction of the Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Harper.
Memorials may be given to the St. Peter and Paul Cemetery south of Manchester, Okla., the Danville Cemetery (flagpoles), or Harper Hospital Health Foundation and can be sent in care of the funeral home: 613 W. 14th – Harper, Kansas 67058.
An online register can be visited at www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com.