Doris Aileen Kelley
IOWA CITY — Doris Aileen Kelley, 82, of Washington, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.
Funeral services will be at noon, Saturday, Feb. 2, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 115 Westview Drive in Washington. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the family. Gay & Ciha Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Iowa City is handling arrangements.
Mrs. Kelley was born April 16, 1930, in Osceola, Ark., the daughter of Eugene “Howard” Milam and Verdia Nellie (Coyle) Milam. She married Merwin LeRoy Kelley on Sept. 18, 1948, in Iowa City.
Her family moved to Daytonville, now known as Wellman, in 1939, when she was 9 years old. She was known as “Aileen,” according to a family tradition to use middle names instead of first names. As a young child she loved to sing with her older sister, Loreen, performing a cappella. The family would often get together and sing songs. She and her husband eventually moved to West Chester, where they raised their family. She was baptized in Des Moines at age 29 as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In 1982 she joined in the full-time ministry to teach others Bible truths. She was known to be always quick with a joke or a story, even when things were not easy, to try to keep everyone feeling positive; and for being very generous with whatever she had. She loved “Swing Band” music and loved to demonstrate to her nieces and nephews how to jitterbug. She loved music of all varieties as long as it was easy to listen to and sing.
Surviving are one son, Rick J. Kelley of Washington; one uncle; and two aunts.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one son, LeRoy; and one daughter-in-law, Dorsie.