Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 28, at the chapel. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 7601 Blue Ridge, Kansas City, MO 64138.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Veteran’s Community Project KC at Donate to the VCP Annual Fund | vcp-kc (veteranscommunityproject.org) or may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152.
Doris was the only child born to Mose T. and Ida Mae Wright Stevenson on February 19, 1928 in Kansas City. She lost her devoted father at the age of 13 and with the help of her large extended family cared for her mother until her death in 1963. Doris was the youngest of a total of eleven half siblings and was a part of each of their lives in very special ways.
At the age of 20 she met a handsome Italian back home from World War II at a dance and they fell in love. Doris and Philip J. Guadagnano were married in 1950 and the Guadagnano family was added to her list of loved ones. They celebrated 54 years together at the time of Phil’s death in 2005. Their life together was filled with generosity and compassion that was shared with so many people. There was always room for one more person in their home and at the table.
Doris leaves behind her four daughters and their spouses: Jackie and Mike Simmons, Angie and Mike Carosello, Patty Milkert Loyd and her partner John Henry and Shann and Victor Gunter. She had four beautiful granddaughters and one grandson and four great grandsons. She will be sadly missed by the many nieces, nephews and dear friends who knew and loved her.
Family members preceding her in death were Leona Wright Borders, Delbert Wright, Sylvia Wright McGirl, an infant brother Hershel Wright and Mildred Wright Jones, Claude Stevenson, Edna Stevenson Bottino, David (Taters) Stevenson, Earnest (Beano) Stevenson, Ruth Stevenson Gerlach and Fratie Stevenson Bright.
To be a part of the amazing life of Doris was a blessing. Her legacy of strength, love and generosity lives on in all of us.