McKelvie, Doris Ann

Doris Ann McKelvie, passed away July 7, 2014 at 3:47 A.M., at the age of 84, at Seminary Manor, Galesburg.

She was born July 8, 1929, the daughter of George and Ella (Swanson) Johnson. She was one of five children: George Johnson, Robert Johnson, Richard Johnson and Joyce Johnson McCaw.

Doris married Don McKelvie on May 21, 1950, at the Zion Lutheran Church, North Henderson and he survives. Don and Doris owned a grocery store “Don’s Market” and worked together there for many years. When the grocery store was sold in 1973, Don bought a dry goods store he named “MY STORE” which he could operate himself. Doris Ann then decided she was going to graduate from college, “If she had to do it from a wheel chair”. Her dream came true when she graduated with honors in 1975 from Western Illinois University with a teaching degree. After graduating, Doris Ann taught 2nd grade in Alexis for 18 years. Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting, macramé, reading, playing piano and most of all quilting, for which she won many ribbons. She wants to be remembered as a helpful sister, faithful wife, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and kind and helpful friend.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Don of Alexis, three sons, Mark (Pat) McKelvie of Salem, Oregon, Stephen (Joy) McKelvie of Galesburg, and Matt McKelvie of Richardson, Texas, five grandchildren, Anna, Kent, Travis, Laci and Ian, three great grandchildren, Ezra, Micah and Gavin, one sister, Joyce McCaw of North Henderson, one brother, Richard Johnson of North Henderson, two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Johnson of North Henderson and Beverly (Wayne “Gube”) Johnson of Alexis, along with nieces and nephews.

Preceding Doris in death were her parents, and two brothers, Robert and George Johnson.

Cremation has been accorded and a Memorial Service will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Zion Lutheran Church, North Henderson with Rev. Beth Hamilton. Private family interment will follow in Alexis Cemetery. Her family will receive friends from 9:00 A.M. on Saturday at the Church until the time of service. Memorials may be left for Zion Lutheran Church. Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Alexis is in charge of arrangements. Anyone wishing to share their remembrances celebrating Doris Ann’s life, please leave a message for Pastor Beth Hamilton at 309-667-2756. Online condolences may be left at