It’s with profound disappointment we share the passing of certainly one of God’s angels on Earth, Laurie Donette McVay. Donette died at UAB Hospital on November 7, 2021, from process issues associated to lung issues. She was 72 years outdated.
Donette was born on September 19, 1949 to Donnie and Annie Kellam and spent most of her younger grownup life within the Robertsdale/Orange Seaside, Alabama space. She at all times talked about these joyful reminiscences, and most summers spent lengthy holidays there along with her kids and Husband, making fantastic new reminiscences.
Donette met the love of her life, Charles McVay, on the workplace the place she was a dental hygienist – and shortly after, she grew to become Mrs. Charles McVay. They have been married 48 years and did all the pieces collectively; no two folks cherished one another extra and watching them minimize up collectively was superb and humorous and fantastic. They lived between Montgomery, Wetumpka, and Ozark, Alabama earlier than settling within the Dothan/Newton, Alabama space.
Donette was so proficient and had many pursuits and jobs over her lifetime. She owned her personal daycare and labored at Headstart alongside the way in which. She was a self taught and extremely proficient artist. She painted, hand crafted jewellery, did inside design for purchasers, sewed and smocked, taught artwork courses at studios and artwork retailers, and made extra several types of artwork initiatives than there’s room to listing. She was featured in Higher Properties and Gardens journal years in the past for tile portray and kiln work she did. Her expertise was with out finish and he or she has instilled that love and artistic pondering into her kids and grandchildren to countless levels.
Donette and Charles have three daughters who will at all times know that the solar rises and units of their superb Mama; Renn Furlow, Lindsey Moore, and Breezy Taylor… two son-in-laws she cherished similar to her personal boys and who felt the identical for her, Dean Moore and Ainsley Taylor… and two valuable granddaughters that cherished her like their second Mama, their “Memi”; Breeley and Blakeley Taylor. Additionally surviving her are two particular aunts, Charlotte Reeder and Mary Ann Wells, sister Millie Batts, sister-in-law Grace Kellam, brother-in-law Steve Colley (Lynn), an in depth cousin Kay Rubira, and a number of other cherished nieces and nephews together with Kristina Kellam, Magee Patton (Josh), Mallory Walker (Drew), Tysha Batts, Stephen Colley and Brandon Batts, and plenty of particular nice nieces, nice nephews, and cousins. She had valuable buddies and family members she noticed or talked to usually and cherished very deeply. She can also be very affectionately often called the group “Memi” to so many as she was the classroom grandmother by all of Breeley’s younger years, and he or she touched the lives of so many different kids and households in that method as nicely. She requested for thus little, however gave a lot to so many!
She cherished to take action many issues; discovering “treasures” at yard and vintage and property gross sales, fishing, driving within the golf cart when Charles golfed, street journeys to discover, enjoying the slot machines on the on line casino till her little fingers have been silver!, cooking and making an attempt new eating places, watching golf and her Alabama soccer with Charles and their buddies, and a lot extra. And making essentially the most magical world for the grand ladies – geocaching, the strawberry patch, the library, looking bugs and 4 leaf clovers, making them fairy homes, household journeys, by no means lacking faculty capabilities or extracurricular actions, and countless footage… she was their largest cheerleader, and her creativeness knew no boundaries for them! She cherished life, and it cherished her proper again.
Donette was preceded in loss of life by her beloved sister and brother, Pam Colley and Morris “Bubba” Kellam, her mother and father Donnie Kellam, Annie Pittman, and John “Pitt” Pittman, and plenty of particular family members who we all know have been joyously ready at these gates for her when she arrived!
The immense grief we really feel at her bodily absence is past rationalization, however we all know she is with us nonetheless. The loss is immeasurable, however so is the love she left behind. As Charles mentioned, she was the glue and the matriarch of this household which explains our love for one another is so sturdy. Donette was such a fighter; she made wrestle look stunning, made sturdy look invincible, and carried the universe for us and made it look as gentle as angel’s wings. She was at all times our angel, at all times our sunshine, and he or she at all times might be.
At Donette’s request, a small memorial service might be held within the coming weeks and might be introduced previous to that point, and might be adopted by a celebration of her life after the New 12 months. If anybody want to be notified personally or attain out to the household, please contact Lindsey at 334-714-3468.
Printed by Dothan Eagle on Nov. 14, 2021.