The Heroines

Doris A. Mayhew

is honored with a Brick from Suzanne Seminoff and Steve Seminoff.

 Doris A. Mayhew It is with great pride, admiration, and love that we wish to honor our mother in The Plaza of Heroines at Wichita State University. She continues to be our inspiration, and provides a legacy of accomplishments, optimism, and giggles.

Born in Fairfax, Oklahoma, Doris Aleen (Shinn) Mayhew has lived most of her life in Wichita, Kansas. She nurtured two children, Steve and Suzanne Seminoff; two step-children, Barclay and Melinda Mayhew; and four grandchildren. She was educated in Oklahoma and Kansas. She was Commencement Speaker at Guthrie High School, received her B.S. degree from Oklahoma (A&M) State in Stillwater, received her M.S. in Education and a Specialist Degree in School Administration from Wichita State University. Her 29-year career teaching Home Economics/Foods included schools in Burbank, OK; Benton and Wichita, Kansas at Roosevelt and Brooks Jr. Highs and Southeast High School.

Since retiring from teaching, she has been extremely active in several organizations: Woman's Kansas Day Club; Project Beauty, Inc.; Wichita Farm and Ranch Club; Daughters of the American Revolution; Wichita Child Guidance Advisory Board; Normandy Republican Women's Club; Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita; Kappa Phi Club; Thursday Afternoon Music Club; Afternoon Home Economics Club; Daughters of American Colonists; Republican Precinct Committee woman; Wichita Historical Museum; Wichita Art Museum; Wichita Center for the Arts; Wichita/Sedgwick County Arts and Humanities Council; Soldiers and Sailors Monument Preservation Committee. Notable honors include: Woman's Kansas Day Club - Past State President and of one of the few second generation presidents following her mother-in-law, Patricia Mayhew, who was also once President of the club. Project Beauty, Inc. - As a past President and early developer of the Shakespearean Garden at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, Doris was the driving force in obtaining donors for the sculptures, fountain, and benches. She chaired the sales booth at the Bard's annual birthday party. Using the Project Beauty symbol to develop a large trash can vehicle topped with a rose and a Trash Can Stan costume, she used them in parades to promote recycling and the beautification of Wichita. She started the downtown median strip to beautify a main street; was instrumental in implementing the Adopt-A-Highway program in Kansas initiating the highway clean-up north of Wichita on I-135 between 37th and 61st Streets; and continues keeping litter off neighborhood streets. Wichita Farm and Ranch Club - In 1998, she was chosen as the first woman President of this agriculturally oriented club in its 52 years of existence. She had an interesting, varied Board of Directors from all facets of agribusiness. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) - Doris received a medal of national recognition for work done to promote trash clean-up and beautification of local and state areas.

Travel is a special interest, and Doris has visited all fifty United States of America. Other countries she's explored include Mexico, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, Netherlands, Liechtenstein, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Caribbean Islands.

Dancing is one of her passions. She enjoys Ballroom, Round and Square Dancing, Polka, Folk Dances, Country Western, West Coast Swing, and Push. Doris sews many of her costumes for dance competitions and historical folk dances in the Entre Nous Club; and has researched, constructed, and wears an Elizabethan costume at various Shakespearean events. She loves all aspects of entertaining, from the decorating and cooking, to getting people of similar interests together to share their knowledge. Her garden includes vegetables, flowers, and trees. She plays the piano and organ and likes to sing. Other hobbies include crossword puzzles, history research, reading, photography, and collecting. For spiritual enhancement, Doris explored 87 churches in the local area.

As her children, we've seen many phases of our mother; from working irrigation ditches on the farm to gracefully waltzing across a dance floor. She can lovingly listen and advise a friend or address a large audience or classroom. She's a teacher, leader, philanthropist, dancer, traveler, gardener, cook and hostess. But most of all, she's our mom, and we love her forever!

Submitted by Suzanne Seminoff and Steve Seminoff

November, 1998