The Curry Coastal Pilot

Doris Ruth McKelvy passed away May 12, 2012, at her daughter's home in Brookings. She was 87.

Doris was born Oct. 22, 1924, to Harry C. and Dora (Burbank) Calhoun in Sycamore, Ill.

At the age of two, she moved to California, where she spent the next 85 years calling the city of Corning her home.

She married Edward B. McKelvy in 1946. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service, and the couple traveled throughout California for his work for some time. Her heart was always in Corning, and the family returned permanently in 1961. Although she thought she was an only child, Doris learned in 2001 that she had a younger brother and a younger sister. She spent the next five years getting to know them, and visiting them in Georgia, Florida, and California.

In 2010, due to health issues, Doris moved to Brookings, with her daughter and son in law Mark Bonner.

Doris was a full time wife and mother, getting involved in all of her children's activities. She served on Tehama County election boards for many years.

Survivors include her daughter Bobette Bonner of Brookings; sons Brad McKelvy of Warrenville, S.C., and Forrest McKelvy of Corning. There are also eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edward "Mac" McKelvy; brother Eugene C. Calhoun; and her sister Janet L. Cheek.

She will be laid to rest June 4, 2012, next to her husband and her mother, at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Corning.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.