Melba Elise Lanphear McKim
1943-2013 Melba Elise Lanphear McKim, 70, of 350 West Street, Pittsfield, died Monday, November 11, 2013, at Berkshire Medical Center. Born in Pittsfield on March 28, 1943, the daughter of Clarke H. Gray, Sr., and Daisy J. Arthur Gray, she was educated in Pittsfield schools. Mrs. McKim loved being a homemaker, and taking care of her very large family, and being a grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and cake decorating. Her loyal canine companion, "Jackson" was just as much a joy in her life. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Edward W. McKim. Mrs. McKim is survived by her daughters, Jeannette M. Ward, of Pittsfield Lisa-Beth Donovan and her husband, Thomas, of Pittsfield, Colleen Lynn McKim and her significant other Larry Aaron, of Melrose, New York, and; four sons, Michael A. Lanphear of Pittsfield, David C. Lanphear and his wife, Kelly, of San Diego, California, and Dennis P. Lanphear of Pittsfield, and J. Stephen Lauzon and his wife, Nicole, of New Bedford; a brother Robert Gray of Merritt Island, Florida; twenty-one grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. She was pre-deceased by a son, Robert J. Lanphear, and a brother, Clarke H. "Skip" Gray, Jr. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Melba Elise Lanphear McKim will be held Thursday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m., at DERY FUNERAL HOME. Calling hours will precede the service from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in the Cemetery of the Evergreens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare in The Berkshires In care of DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.
Dery Funeral Home
54 Bradford Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 13, 2013