Doris Jean Lovesy

LOVESY, Doris Jean, Feb 23, 1921 – Apr 16, 2012. Doris Lovesy was born in Altus, Arkansas on February 23, 1921. She died on April 16, 2012, at Des Moines Lutheran Hospital with her daughters by her side and son in Georgia on the telephone. Doris attended Arkansas Polytechnic College in Russellville, working her way through school as admitting secretary, personally interviewing every new student, assisting with course choices and campus housing. During college Doris met her future husband, Craig Lovesy, and a wonderful adventure began. After graduation, Doris and Craig were married on September 6, 1941. World War II took them to several states as she followed him from Tampa, Florida to Denver, Colorado, then to Louisiana and back to Florida. Just after his overseas deployment, Doris returned to Russellville to be secretary to the President of Arkansas Polytechnic College until Craig’s return in 1945. Together they opened a photography studio and started their family. Later the Courier Democrat newspaper became a home to them both, with Craig as editor and Doris writing a weekly column, “Your Family and Mine,” while juggling the home, family, and Parent Teacher’s Association presidency. She was also the President of the Arkansas Women’s Press Association. In 1957 they moved to Iowa where Craig worked for Look magazine and Doris worked part-time at Banker’s Life Insurance Company while being a PTA mom and homeroom mother at three different schools in the same year. In 1962 they moved the family to their newly-built home in West Des Moines. 1970 took them to Washington, DC where Craig worked for the National Wildlife Federation’s National Wildlife and Ranger Rick magazines; they built a home in Sterling Park, Virginia. Their next move was to Hendersonville, North Carolina, where Craig was employed by Mother Earth News. They retired to Asheville, North Carolina, living there 25 years before moving to Omaha in 2001 to be close to Midwest families. After 60 years of marriage to Doris, her dear husband and friend Craig died in 2002. In 2004 Doris returned to Des Moines, which she called “Paris of the Plains.” She lived in Windsor Heights until 2007 when she bought the “perfect” home on the Eastside. She remained in her home until being hospitalized two days prior to her passing. Everyone Doris encountered thought highly of her sweetness, sharpness of mind, her recall for dates, places and people, and her delightful sense of humor. Her children knew her love and devotion in word and deed. She loved being a mother and wife. All of us children remember being held and rocked, being lovingly tucked in at night, a high value being placed on cleanliness whether or not it was linked to godliness, having stories read from the Childcraft books, getting backrubs at bedtime and homemade potato soup (dubbed “Lovesy Penicillin” by Dad) when we were sick. And we all remember hugs and hearing “I love you” and “I’m proud of you” throughout our lives. A few days before his death, Craig advised his children about their 5-feet-tall mom: “Listen to your Mother. She is a wise and wonderful woman. She is really 10 feet tall—she just hides it well.” Doris is survived by her daughter, Jean Anne Young of Omaha; son, Thomas Craig Lovesy, Jr. (Pamela) of Marietta, Georgia; daughter, Mary Lou Woods (Steven, Sr.) of Des Moines, Iowa; six grandchildren: Rachel Parker (Dave), Chuck Young, Laura Griger (Ron), Jacob Lovesy, Steven Woods, Jr. (Tina), Jenny Pitts (Nick Eveland); ten great-grandchildren: Madi (Pierre Talton), Parker and Amanda Pitts, RJ, Christopher and Brandon Griger, Brittany and Chase Woods, Ian and Hayden Parker; one great-great grandson, Terance Talton. VISITATION begins Friday, 3pm at the West Center Chapel. The family will receive friends Monday, 10am to 11:30am followed by SERVICES at 11:30am at the West Center Chapel, with Dr. Craig Finnestad of Water’s Edge United Methodist Church officiating. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials will be directed by the family.

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