Doris McKee Brown, 90, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 19, 2022 after a long battle with lung disease. She was born August 2, 1932 in Ohio but, as a young child her family moved to Balboa, Panama, where her father was an integral part of the development & building of the Panama Canal. She grew up in the Canal Zone until her mid-20’s, when she returned to the states to start her family.
Doris is preceded in death by her parents, William S. McKee & Alpha M. McKee, her siblings, Rose V. McKee, Kiefer W. McKee, & Marcus R. McKee, along with other extended family members.
Doris is survived by her dear husband, J. Wendell Brown, her son, David H. Owen, Jr, daughter-in-law, Michelle Halsnik-Owen, and grandson, Nicholas; her son, Stephen P. Owen, daughter-in-law, Donna Owen, and grandchildren, Stevie & Christina; her daughter, Judy Owen Brock; and daughter, Renee Rains, grandchildren Victoria & Tyler, great-grandson, Brooks, and grandchildren, Jillian & Craig, great-grandchildren, Sloane & Dex, and grandson, Alexander.
We will remember her smile, her warmth, her energy, her love for life, family and friends. She worked very hard during her time here and made a difference in the lives of many. Doris was a smart, witty, talented, faith-filled, and extremely strong woman but, she never wanted anyone to make a fuss over her.
We invite you to join us to celebrate Doris together at 10:00 am on Friday September 23rd at Forest Meadows Funeral Home; 725 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, Florida. Interment will follow at Forest Meadows Cemetery-Central; 4100 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 3260
Doris was a dear friend and sister-in-law for many years. We went to Israel and Egypt and she always knew when a Christian speaker was nearby so we could go listen. Was hoping to see her again when I came to Gainesville next week. She will be missed.
Rest in eternal peace Mom. You are and will always be loved and missed. 💔 🌹