Doris Powell, 90, of Coldwater, formerly of Morenci, Mi, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022, at her home with her daughter, and family. Doris was born on October 23, 1931 at her parents’ home on Dewey Lake in Michigan. She was the oldest child of Harold and Alma (Archer) McKee.
For many years, Doris was the owner-operator of Dor-E-LL’s beauty salon in Morenci. Her passion was her extracurricular activity...bowling. She had been the local secretary and president of the Morenci bowling association. Doris was inducted as a Life Member, along with being inducted into the Morenci Bowling Hall of Fame in 1988. The Women’s International Bowling Congress awarded Doris for her 35 years of attending national tournaments, and the Michigan Women’s Bowling Association Tournament presented her with a 40 year award for her years of participation.
She was a member of the Morenci Eagles and had held many positions, including Madam President. Her devotion of being a member of the Eagles led her to be an active officer at the state level.
Another organization she enjoyed being a member was the Morenci Sportsman’s Club. Doris enjoyed watching her husband, Lloyd, participate in the clay shooting sport at the club.
On April 3, 1948, Doris married the love of her life, Lloyd. She and Lloyd lived and worked on their rural farms in Morenci for 65 years. In those early years, Doris could be found helping with hauling the grain to the elevator, or any number of jobs needed on the farm.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Susan Merkle, of Coldwater; grandchildren, Tiffany (Rick) Fillmore and Thomas (Shantell) Merkle both of Quincy, Michigan; great grandchildren, Brody, Cady, Kody, Lucas, Maliyah and Brantley. Her siblings, Earl (Carol) McKee of Florida, Shirley Mutter and Phyllis Goldsmith of Alabama, and Donald (Gloria) McKee of Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, and her brother, John McKee and sister in-law (Marie)of Rockwood, Michigan., and brother in-laws George Mutter, and Orville Goldsmith.
Visitation for Doris Powell will be held Friday, June 10, 2022 from 4-7 PM at the Eagle Funeral Home George White Chapel in Quincy. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Eagle Marry Funeral Home in Morenci with Pastor Bill VanValkenberg officiating. There will be visitation for one hour before the service on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for a bowling scholarship in Doris’ name.