Dorothea Driggers

By The Mercury

Dorothea Eloise (Dee) Driggers, 81, of Manhattan, died Saturday. Dorothea Stanford was born in Concordia, on December 21, 1929, the daughter of the late Irene Della (Fagan) and Melvin W. Stanford.

Family members provided some of the following information.

Dee graduated from Greenleaf High School in 1947 and was married to Paul Willbrant on June 20, 1948. They were later divorced, and he preceded her in death on March 16, 1979.  Dee then married Cooper L. Harry Driggers on July 13, 1972 at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita and he preceded her in death on May 10, 1979.

Dee lived in Washington from 1948-1961 moved to Manhattan, then she lived in Germany from 1975-1978, before she and Harry moved back to Manhattan. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, and the Officers Wives Association.  Dee worked for KSU in the Biochemistry Department for nine years and the American Institute of Baking - KSU for two years as a secretary and taste tester.

Survivors include a daughter, Paula Sue Willbrant, of Katy, Texas; a son, John Willbrant and wife Jolyn, Manhattan; a brother, Kenneth R Stanford and wife Pat, of Plainfield, lll. and a grandson, David Michael Willbrant. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Paul Willbrant on March 16, 1979 and Cooper Harry Driggers on May 10, 1979,  and a sister, Vivian Swiercinsky Corcoran, on Dec. 14, 1996.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the family present from 7-8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Funeral services will be held at Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home in Manhattan on Thursday at 10 a.m., with burial following at the Washington County Cemetery.

The family requests donations to Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research-KSU. For more information or to send an email condolence visit

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