Doris Irene McAllister McCartney, 88, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at Homestead Health Center in Wichita. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., July 8 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence, KS. Graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2016 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS.
Doris was born August 12, 1927 in Circleville, KS the daughter of Ross R. and Florence E. (Moore) McAllister.
She worked at Hallmark in quality audit and later at Sunflower Ammunition Plant and KU Printing.
Doris married Ken McCartney February 12, 1971 in Lawrence. Later that year they moved to Colorado. They relocated to Wichita, Kansas in 2001.
Survivors include husband, Kenneth E. McCartney; her son, Byron R. Brooks, Overland Park, KS; her daughters, Sheryl D. Davis, Wichita, KS, Ceanna K. Ryndfleisz, Grand Junction, CO; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and sister, Shirley Leslie, Lawrence. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, David A. Brooks in 2011; and brother, Dale McAllister.
As a young woman she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and her faith helped her through life’s trials and difficulties. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Lawrence. Doris lived in Colorado for many years and had a great love and appreciation for the Rocky Mountains. The beautiful mountain scenery gave her strength and inspiration.
Just as the mountains gave inspiration, music spoke to her soul and gave her such pleasure. She loved to share her God given talent of whistling, humming, and yodeling with family and friends. When Alzheimer’s took so much from her, the music in her heart remained.
When her body was silenced, the Lord walked beside her and honored the promise of eternal life. As the “Footprints in the Sand” poem stated so eloquently, “The Lord replied, ‘The times when you have seen only one set of footprints, is when I carried you’. On July 4th Doris declared her independence from the disease that claimed her earthly body. And with the spirit that it could never claim, she entered Heaven and the song in her remained, the body whole and without sorrow or pain. She is now Home.
Memorials may be made in her name to Homestead Health Center and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.