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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, April 13, 2006

OBITUARY - DORRIS MADELINE (GRAHAM) HELLER MEKUS

Dorris Madeline HELLER MEKUS, 94, of Mount Ayr, Iowa, died Sunday, April 9, 2006 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 18, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa with the Rev. Father Tom DOOLEY officiating.

Dorris Madeline GRAHAM was born October 21, 1911 to Joseph and Inez (TRUITT) GRAHAM in Granger, Iowa. In 1937 she married Cecil HELLER and together they had two children, Max and Richard. Cecil preceded Dorris in death in 1945 and she married Pete MEKUS in 1949. Pete and Dorris retired to Tucson, Arizona in 1978. Dorris returned to Indianola, Iowa after Pete's death in 1994. In September of 2004, Dorris moved to Clearview Homes in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Dorris graduated from Milo high school in 1929. From 1929 to 1933, Dorris attended Simpson College, graduating with a major in music and a minor in English. Dorris played the piano for silet movie theatres in Indianola and Milo.

Dorris was employed with Meredit Publishing in the purchasing department as a purchasing agent for 20 years. Prior to her employment with Meredith Publishing, Dorris was a teacher in Alleman, Iowa from 1935 to 1936.

Survivors include son, Max A. (Sandra) MEKUS of Mount Ayr, Iowa; grandchildren, Lee MEKUS, Joel MEKUS, and Andrea BEVINGTON; great-grandchildren, Jana, Jeffrey and Zoe MEKUS and Henry BEVINGTON. Dorris is also survived by son, Richard J. (Melonie) MEKUS of Olathe, Kansas; grandchildren, Dawn MEKUS and Terra EICH; great-grandchild, Eleysa; two sisters, Louvele SAMS of Indianola, Iowa and Darlene GRAHAM of Milo, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

Dorris was preceded in death by her first husband, Cecil HELLER; second husband, Peter MEKUS; two sisters, Ruth GRAHAM and Elva HIBBS and a brother, Dr. Joseph GRAHAM.

Memorials may be directed in lieu of flowers to Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Mount Ayr in Dorris' name.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010

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