The Curry Coastal Pilot

Longtime Harbor resident Doris McVay, 92, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at her home surrounded by family members.

Doris was born on Dec. 17, 1920, on the plains of Alberta, Canada, to Roy and Agnes (Cameron) Drake. She was one of nine girls.

The Drake family immigrated to Oregon in the late 1920s. In 1933 they relocated to the Winchuck River area.

Doris met Archie McVay while attending junior high school in Brookings. They were married April 29, 1946, after Archie's war-time service.

Together they raised seven children on a dairy farm where the present-day commercial boat basin at the Port of Brookings Harbor is located.

They built and moved into their home overlooking the Port and the mouth of the Chetco River in 1967.

Doris was a founding member and first president of the Chetco Valley Historical Society. She enjoyed both vegetable and flower gardening, and was an avid reader. She was a fabulous cook and was known to can, freeze or dry anything that grew, swam or was brought home from a hunting trip! She thoroughly enjoyed family gatherings and barbecues!

She is survived by Archie, her husband of 67 years; their children Sidney, Rocky, Dawn, Pat, Mike, Molly and Mary and their spouses; by Rollie Jefferies, who was loved as a son. Also surviving are 29 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; a sister Vera Hodgin of Marshfield, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service is planned for 3 p.m Wednesday, July 3, at W.J. Ward Memorial Cemetery, 1035 Seventh St., Brookings.

Our mother was passionate about the history of this area, and was instrumental in maintaining the Chetco Valley Museum. It would be her wish, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Chetco Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 2004, Harbor, OR 97415.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.