SYCAMORE – Doralee Vivian Crews, 87, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away at her residence at the Lincolnshire Place facility in Sycamore, Ill., on March 30, 2013.|
Doralee was born in Zion, Ill., on Aug. 22, 1925 to Roy L. and Ethel M. (Kinsman) Cant. After graduating from Waukegan Township High School in 1943, she attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College where she met and married Joseph B. Crews, of DeKalb. They were married in 1944 and remained long-time residents of DeKalb.
In 1963, Doralee opened the Mode O' Day women's apparel store in Sycamore, Ill. After selling the store in 1969, she worked as a comptroller for the Wurlitzer Company in DeKalb. She became a real estate broker in 1971 and was president of Homefinders Real Estate in Sycamore. She also worked at the Department of Motor Vehicles before ending her working career at Registration and Records for Northern Illinois University, retiring in 1987.
Doralee served 12 years on the DeKalb Township Board of Trustees and a member for 20 years with the League of Woman Voters. She was active in the Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary, Primetimers of DeKalb County Farm Bureau, the Premier "50" of First of America Bank and an investment club. She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of DeKalb.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years; son Rich (Barbara) Crews, of Maumelle, Ark.; daughter Connie (Sam) Weller, of Clarksville, Tenn.; daughter Cindy (Roger) Smith, of Newbury Park, Calif.; and son Jeff (Gloria) Crews of DeKalb.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Bryan, Jenny, Steven, Matt, Lauren, Ryan, and Rachel; and seven great-grandchildren, Ethan and Isabelle, Libby, Ava, and Joseph, Emma and Lily; and three step-great grandchildren, Angelica, Brandon and Crystal. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Donald and Roy.
The family would like to thank Lincolnshire Place for caring for Doralee these past eight months and Passages Hospice Care for being there when we needed you.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home with Pastor Brian Gilbert of First United Methodist Church of DeKalb officiating. Burial will be immediately following the service at Fairview Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the
. To send an online condolence please visit: www.ronanmoorefinch.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115 815-758-3841.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 2, 2013