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Doris McKinney Ruppert
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Birth: Jan. 22, 1924
High Point
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 15, 2007
Jefferson Parish
Louisiana, USA

Doris M. Ruppert, née McKinney, in her 83rd year, quietly and comfortably departed this Life to resume another on March 15, 2007 of dilated cardiomyopathy from which she acutely suffered for several months. Born January 22, 1924 to a notable furniture manufacturer family in High Point, NC, she was a resident of the New Orleans metropolitan area for 55 years. A homemaker for most of her life, Ms. Ruppert is a graduate of Emma Blair and High Point High Schools and Duke University, a former registered nurse for the US Veterans Affairs Administration and a former member of Metairie Methodist Church. In 1952, she married the late Mr. Joseph Herman Ruppert, Jr. of the Ruppert Family of New York City and New Orleans, becoming his widow in 2001.

Doris was also a gifted artist. She left behind a collection of fashion illustrations she created from 1951-1953 when she first moved to New Orleans.

A loving and devoted mother, she leaves behind bereaved children Joseph Herman Ruppert III of Metairie, Gregory Allan Ruppert of River Ridge, Melissa Ann (Mrs. Dietrich Walter) Jessen of Lake Charles, Jason Keith Ruppert of San Jose, CA and Karl Jacob Ruppert of New York City and Many, LA; her grandchildren, Dietrich Walter Jessen III and Johanna Ruppert Jessen; and her son and daughters-in-law, Dietrich Walter Jessen Jr., Barbara Ann Monteleone-Ruppert and Jennifer A. Ellies-Ruppert.

Ms. Ruppert is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Herman Ruppert, Jr., parents, Frank Nathaniel and Louella M. Wood-McKinney, and six siblings: Junius, Artwood A., Mozelle (Mrs. Arthur) Howard, Carl Joseph, Earl Nathaniel and Rachel Mae McKinney-Sykes. She is survived by four sisters, Irene Parthenia (Mrs. Richard K.) Pruitt, W. Juanita McKinney, Margaret G. (Mrs. Joseph) Arnold, and Colleen (Mrs. Numie C.) Parrish, all of North Carolina. Devoted friends Madeleine J. Ruppert-Meals of Dallas, Virginia G. Reidl and long-time personal attendant and housekeeper, Lupe Billot of Metairie. A multitude of faithful neighbors share the grief of her passing.

Arrangements exclusively by Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. March 20, 2007. Visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Rev. Walter Heine officiating. Interment private within Lake Lawn Metairie Cemeteries. In lieu of flowers, donations to National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease (
or the Cedars-Sinai Women's Heart Center (

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune, March 17, 2007.

Family links: 
  Frank Nathaniel McKinney (1883 - 1951)
  Earl Nathaniel McKinney (1914 - 2005)*
  Rachel Mae McKinney Sykes (1921 - 2006)*
  Doris McKinney Ruppert (1924 - 2007)
*Calculated relationship
Lake Lawn Park Cemetery and Mausoleum
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA
Maintained by: K. Jacob Ruppert
Originally Created by: Grave Man
Record added: Mar 18, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18499958
Doris <i>McKinney</i> Ruppert
Added by: K. Jacob Ruppert
Doris <i>McKinney</i> Ruppert
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Doris was a wonderful, loving, sweet lady who will be sorely missed. We loved our dear aunt greatly. Though we didn't see her often, we think of her and her family all the time. We love you all.
- Larry, Jo Ann and Kathy Sykes
 Added: Mar. 18, 2007

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