Patt McKelvy (born Dorothy Florence Porter) passed away peacefully on December 27, 2012 at the age of 93. She suffered in pain for so long, and she is finally at peace with God. Patt was born in Kirwin, Kansas on July 22, 1919 to Allie and Ira Porter. She met the love of her life, Dexter Marsh McKelvy (CWO3, US Army Ret/Deceased), and they were married on March 1, 1946. They spent the years of their happy married life in the Army, living on posts in the U.S. and Germany. They settled in Mill Valley, California in 1958 after Deck's medical retirement from the Army. Sadly, their happiness was cut short by his death in 1961. Patt had a zest for life's experiences who tackled the world with gusto. While raising three daughters on her own, she worked full time for the U.S. Government and attended college at night. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in 1971 and her Master's Degree in 1978, at the age of 59. She was active in the United Methodist Church, was a Girl Scout leader, bowled in many leagues and tournaments, and hosted many international exchange students in her home. After her retirement from civil service in 1981, Patt traveled the world (always with her dog) and enjoyed life. She loved collecting salt and pepper shakers from all over the world. Patt moved to Apple Valley in 1999 to be close to her family. Her last few years were difficult as she suffered from a myriad of illnesses, and we are grateful that her pain is finally over. She is survived by her three daughters, Linda (Mike) Dunlap, diane (Stephen) Benedict, and randi Andrade. She is also survived by grandchildren Michael, Donald, Steve Jr., Nichole, Curt, Jennifer (Adam), Bobby, Dexter, Chelsea, Steven, Marsha, John, Jennifer, and David, and her great granddaughters Emily and Kayelynn. Also surviving are her sister, Carol (Lynn) Stockman in Kirwin, Kansas, many loving nieces and nephews and friends, and her two "adopted" daughters, Janet McCarthy and Margaret Carlson. She will be missed by her doxie, Pepper, whom she loved dearly. Rest in Peace, Momm, you are an amazing woman. Arrangements are being made by sunset hills memorial park and mortuary. Services will be private. If desired, donations made be made to the Humane Society or the . The family may be contacted at, or through diane Benedict, 11238 Bunker Circle, Apple Valley, CA 92308.
Published in the Daily Press on Dec. 30, 2012