Friends laud legacy of Doris Wiegers, Prairie Village Municipal Foundation president

Doris Wiegers, in white, after hearing the announcement she had won the 2012 Prairie Village Lifetime Community Spirit Award.
Doris Wiegers, in white, after hearing the announcement she had won the 2012 Prairie Village Lifetime Community Spirit Award.

Friends, family and neighbors this week are mourning the loss of Doris Wiegers, a five decade Prairie Village resident known for her dedication to the community.

Wiegers, 84, was president of the Prairie Village Municipal Foundation at the time of her death last Wednesday.

Wiegers was born in Miami, Mo., the fifth of five children who grew up working on the family farm. She attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from Chillicothe Business College before moving to the Kansas City area. It was here that she met her future husband Allen, who became co-owner of the Bob Allen and Metro Ford dealerships.

The Wiegers were active in many organizations throughout the city, including Indian Hills Country Club, where Doris was served on Golf, Social, Food and Beverage, Long-Range Planning and Club House Committees.

Wiegers took over as head of the Prairie Village Municipal Foundation from Marcia Jacobs several years ago, and Jacobs credits Wiegers with the growth of the organization’s positive impact. During Wiegers’ tenure at the head of the foundation, it took over operation of the annual Gingerbread House decorating parties and began a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity to rehab ailing homes in the city.

“Doris had friends from all walks of life,” Jacobs said. “She was just a very caring person. She was your friend whether you had two nickels to rub together or two million to rub together.”

Wiegers’ good works on the Municipal Foundation were formally recognized in 2012 when she won the Prairie Village Lifetime Community Spirit Award. Ann Lilak, the current vice-president of the Municipal Foundation, wrote the nomination for Wiegers.

“Doris cared very much for Prairie Village and its residents,” Lilak said. “I was always so impressed by the way she ran the foundation. She had this presence about her. She was in control, but she was open to other people’s suggestions. That’s not a common combination.”

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, August 23, at Village Presbyterian Church. The service will be followed by a celebration of life at Indian Hills Country Club.