Doris O. Church Library Fund

doris-o-churchThe Doris O. Church Library Endowment Fund was established on June 30, 1999 by Kathryn J. Church and Conrad F. Church. Doris O. Church was the sister-in-law of Kathryn J. Church.

The following article was published by the Sunday Spectator on February 14, 1999:

Andover Free Library Honors Former Teacher

ANDOVER – Trustees of the Andover Free Library has named the juvenile reading roorn of the newly-arranged children’s department in honor of Doris O. Church, a long-time Andover teacher.

Church, who still lives in Andover, was a teacher in the community for 34 years. She also taught in Alfred Station, Jasper and South Howard schools.  The library board The library board felt it an appropriate gesture to dedicate the room in her honor since reading and books have been an important part of her life.

Church taught elementary cltildren and was also a Sunday school teacher for many years at the Andover First Methodist Church.

She is well-remernbered by her students and community members, church family members said about the honor.

Folks remember the well-decorated classroom, the cookies, and her affectionate but no-nonsense methods, the family explained in a written statement. Many children will be going to library in the years to come to borrow a book from the Doris O. Church Room, and she will be very pleased about that, family members added.andover-free-library

Through the Allegany County Area Foundation in Wellsville, the library will receive continuing financial assistance to purchase and acquire children’s materials in all mediums, a library official said.

In a letter to the Allegany County Area Foundation in December of 1998  Connie Church wrote this about Doris O. Church:

“Doris taught in the Andover Central School system  for 30 years, retiring in 1975.  Prior to that she taught in Bath, Alfred Station, and Jasper for 10 years.  She also worked at Worthington Corporation for two years duri-ng World War II, in the war effort.  She has hundreds of former students who, we are sure, will remember her as an outstanding teacher. She lived in Andover for many years, and supported all the Andover activities; she, and her family have been boosters and supporters of the Andover library.”