Ely, Doris

Posted in Obituaries

Doris Ely, 93, of Medina Twp., Mich., died May 26, 2014, at Provincial House in Adrian, Mich.

She was born Sept. 26, 1920, in Henry County, Ohio, to the late Theodore and Mearle (Dailey) Leininger. She married John W. Ely on Nov. 11, 1939, in Wauseon, Ohio, and he preceded her in death Nov. 11, 2006.

Doris graduated from Archbold High School in 1938, and was active in several organizations in the area during her life. She was a 4-H member and leader and belonged to the Lime Creek Grange, Michigan State & National Grange, Farm Bureau, Lenawee Pomona Grange, Grange Campers, MMPH, and Borderline Square Dance club. In 1994, she was inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Fame. Doris was a member of the Fayette United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 28 years. She enjoyed crocheting and flowers, and deeply loved her family.

Doris is survived by two sons, Ronald (and Cretta) Ely of Waldron, Mich., and Keith (and Kathy) Ely of Knoxville, Tenn.; a sister, Jane (and Darrel) Knisely of Fayette; four grandchildren, Kristine (and Ron) Witt of Cement City, Mich., Brenda (and Doug) Smelser of Dearborn, Mich., Michael (and Karen) Ely of Morenci, Mich., and Karie Ely of Knoxville, Tenn.; six great-grandchildren, Carmen, Jamie, Tara, Corey, Kylie and Austin; and a great-great granddaughter, Vedah.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Florence Ziegler, Dorothy Meehan, Rita Stonebreaker, and Marilyn Sarnac; two brothers, Leroy and Claire Leininger; and a great-granddaughter in infancy, Krista Witt.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Kathy Currier officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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