Brenda Sue Doxtator
Brenda Sue Doxtator, of Lincoln, NE, died at The Monarch on October 15, 2021, of complications from Alzheimer’s Dementia. Anyone fortunate enough to have had this remarkable woman as part of their life enjoyed an incomparable and lively measure of compassion, empathy, humor and dedication.
She is survived by her husband Robert, son Jeremy Mills and daughter Leah (Mills) Dawn, grandson Kyzer J. Dawn, granddaughters Natasha M. and Mariah M. Dawn, sister Vicky L. (Hatfield) Trippe, stepdaughter Elizabeth A. Doxtator-Morenberg, and stepson Edward H. Doxtator. She was preceded in death by mother Darline (Burgin) Hatfield and father Lowell F. Hatfield.
Born in Pratt, KS on January 28, 1950, Ms. Doxtator grew up in Cullison, KS and on a farm in Pratt County KS. She attended school in Cullison. In 1968, her senior year, she served as class secretary and graduated co-valedictorian at Skyline High School.
An active member of Pratt County’s Richland 4-H Club, she earned honors for projects ranging from sewing and record keeping to public speaking.
She served as Pratt, KS hostess for the1968 Miss Kansas Beauty pageant.
She attended Pratt Junior College for general studies, Emporia State Teachers College with particular interest in Library Science, and Kansas State University where, in 1972, she graduated with distinction, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, certified to teach English.
After graduating from Kansas State University, Brenda and her husband, Bruce Mills, a U.S. Army veteran and railroad engineer, spent 18 of their post-college years in Pratt, KS and Alliance, NE, raising a family.
A dedicated learner and educator, Ms Doxtator returned to school in 1988, attending Chadron State College, in Chadron, Nebraska, renewing her teaching certificate and beginning a Master’s degree, completing it in 1992. In 1993 she entered The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s doctoral studies distance-learning cohort.
In 1994 she received The Peter Keiwit Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching for her ”Generations”unit.
During a sabbatical in 1995-96, she was a teaching assistant in the University of Nebraska—Lincoln’s College of Education.
From 2002-2005 Ms. Doxtator taught composition and English Education courses at Chadron State College before moving to Lincoln, where she taught at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an adjunct English Education instructor. She retired from teaching in 2008.
A memorial celebration in her honor is planned for the late spring, when her ashes will be interred in a family plot in Springfield, Missouri.
Donations to her memory should directed to The Monarch at Eastmont or Horisun Hospice in Lincoln, NE, or a local Alzheimer’s Association. Send condolences, reflections and messages using the form below.
Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
Condolences for Brenda Sue Doxtator
I am so very sorry to hear about Brenda’s passing. She was an inspiring and dedicated educator who mentored me into the teacher I am today. Any child who was fortunate enough to have her as a teacher, left her classroom having gained more than just academic knowledge. They left her classroom learning about empathy, compassion, and understanding of others.
She pushed me beyond what I thought I would ever do. She inspired me to dream dreams I didn’t know I had. She was my inspiration for the first 14 years of my teaching career.
I was pleased to know Brenda and Robert as part of the Greasers singing group, and always noted her pleasant manner and sweet smile. She will be missed by the friends, colleagues and family who were fortunate to be part of her life.
Sincere sympathy to all at this sad time of the loss of Brenda. Thinking of you–Carol Meyer
Thinking of you all and hoping you find comfort in family, friends, and many great memories.
Robert, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am so glad she could join us at the Greasers these past few months. She had such a sweet spirit and made our world better. Sending prayers and blessings to you and your family. Joan Hudson
Brenda was an outstanding teacher in the teacher education program at UNL! I enjoyed her calm, confident manner as she worked with teacher candidates. I am sorry for your loss.
Robert please accept my condolences. I first objected to Brenda’s participation in the Greasers (as she wasn’t in Grease). But over the past three seasons, after I was exposed to to
Her sweet smile and gentle nature, I’m very glad you chose this for an activity you two could share together. Often she was close to one another at rehearsals and I enjoyed her company and the aforementioned smile.
Robert, My sincere condolences to you and your family. May fond memories and God’s great peace comfort and sustain you.
My most sincere condolences to Brenda’s family and friends. While I had not seen her in many years, Brenda and I were second cousins, and I have very very fond memories of her from family reunions, 4-H, and visits to our Grandma Burgin’s home in Coats, Kansas. She was a remarkable woman and I’m sure will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.