Doris “Alene” McDonald

Doris “Alene” McDonald, 81, of Lee’s Summit, MO, was called home to be with her Lord & Savior on Monday, February 9th, 2015.  

Alene is survived by her sons, Joseph McDonald of Kansas City, Missouri and Mike McDonald of LeGrande, Oregon; daughters, Deborah Steele of Kansas City, Kansas and Kandis Swartz of Fairbury, Nebraska; grandchildren, Jason, Jamie, Joey, Jeremy, Pete, Jesse, Amee, Kristy, Joshua, Paige, Kaden, Kodey, Zach, Rachael & Britnee; sisters, Christine Thompson, June Frazer; and many great grandchildren.

Alene was preceded in death by her husband, James William McDonald; son, James Patrick McDonald; grandson, Matthew McDonald; mother, Ruby Rachel Towns & father, Howard Clay Towns; sisters, Judy Towns & Sharon Walker.

Alene was born & raised in Camden Point, Missouri, where she graduated high school & soon met her husband James McDonald. Together they owned several furniture stores. Alene loved selling furniture. After retiring, she became an avid gardener & spent a lot of her time working in her yard. She loved having big family meals. She had a huge heart and helped many along her journey.

A special thank you to her long time friend and care taker, Kelly McCray, along with Village Hospice.

Following her wishes, a cremation has taken place at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society. We will be holding a Celebration of Life for Alene this spring, which was her very favorite season & looked forward to it every year. Family & friends will be notified in advance of the date & time.

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  1. Keith on February 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Missing you Gram. Know you’re up there planting pretty flowers and being as spunky as ever.


  2. Nicole Donnelly on February 17, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Peace be with your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you, beautiful angel.

  3. Shameirah Arzt on February 17, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    What an amazing woman! I know she is here in spirit and would be proud of the honor being celebrated for her. Rest in peace gram and live in spirit. Prayers for the hearts ache. God Bless.

  4. Tammy Gaffney on February 17, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    You were always so good to me and I will never forget you!..until we meet you Gram

  5. Joshua Mentzer on February 18, 2015 at 2:01 am

    You will be missed. I love you, Gram. Save a seat for me!

  6. Julie Lewis on February 18, 2015 at 5:14 am

    Prayers for preface and comfort during this difficult time for your family .

  7. Abigail Mooney on February 18, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I am very saddened to hear of this she was such a sweet person, from the day I met her at newmark I knew she was a loving mother I wish I had giving her the chance to to know me better she had invited me over several times but didn’t show up feeling so sad may her soul rest in, Doris Allen McDonald

  8. Ki Ki DesCombes on February 18, 2015 at 9:39 am

    So sorry for our loss but find comfort in knowing that she is now without pain and without worry. She now has the strength to give Uncle Jim grief and to love and hold on to Pat for eternity. Will look forward to celebrating her life in the spring with other family and friends. Thank you Amee, Keith and Kandi for all that you did for Grams through her last years on earth. And to Mike for his support during her time in Oregon. She will make us all an entertaining angel! Peace be with her.

  9. Debbie Steele on March 2, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Momma I love you so much! I am so sad for losing you. You were my everything. I know you are with Pat now and you missed him so much. Please give him a hug and kiss for me along with Dad, Grandma, Granddad, Sharon, Judy, Kelly Jo, Walter, Tud, John, Travis, Amogene, Anita and many more I love and miss. You were sick for a long time but you were the strongest person I know. Thank you for all you did for me and everyone else. I see so much of you in myself. Joe calls me Debalene! If I am a tenth as great as you were when I leave this earth I will have accomplished a bunch. Hugs and kisses to you Momma, I love you and miss you everyday and every night. Save me a place closest to you! Until we meet again I say bye bye momma.

  10. Ann McDonald on March 4, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Alene is at peace. She has been a big part of my life for over 25 years and her passing leaves a big hole in my heart. She has been my biggest ally and at times my greatest foe! She believed in heaven and always thought John Edwards could help her talk to the departed. I can think of nothing more entertaining than to hear her version of what’s going on up there! Love you all. Ann aka Annlene.

  11. Glen and Pat Harris on April 22, 2015 at 8:45 am

    We just found out that Alene died and we were sorry to hear the news. She was such a sweet lady and we kept in touch through Christmas cards and we also worked on the family tree together. Sympathy goes out to her family! Glen and Pat

  12. Chris Davis on August 31, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    So sorry to hear of this news.alene was very generous person to me.she was also a very good cook.I practically lived lived at her house on minor drive my entire teenage life.she was a very hard worker and provided a very nice life for her family and friends.she was tough as nails and during my time around her I saw her help many people she didnt even know.kandooka balooka I hope your doing well.chris

  13. Amee Small on June 30, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    When I think of you I am sad and lonely for you but my own selfish reasons want you here. I think I actually thought you were invincible because you were “Superwoman”. Literally the absolute strongest woman I’ve known ever. A huge piece of me went with you the early morning you passed. I know you would be so sad to know of my struggles the last few years but I’m pulling things together & will prevail. Thank God for his grace and mercy and I pray to make you proud until we are reunited and planting flowers, watching Lifetime & Snapped and eating No Bakes. I love you sooooooo much forever Gram??

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