Doris passed away, Saturday, February 4, 2023 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.
She was born October 23, 1928 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of John and Anna (Cleaver) Crose. Doris worked at Parker Hannifin for 20 years and after retirement worked part time at Zayers, Kmart and Safari Circuits.
Doris loved hockey and for over 40 years was a season ticket holder for the K-Wings. She also enjoyed following baseball in the summer and knitting. She was a member of the Kalamazoo Baptist Church. On December 1, 1956 in Angola, Indiana she married Paul Ballay Jr. who passed away in 2009.
Surviving are her children, Ken (Mary) Brown of Otsego and Stephan Ballay of Portage; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; her sister, Evelyn Cramer of Hickory Corners along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; children, Larry Brown and Glenna Weston and by her siblings, Donald Crose, Wilma “Betty” Ringler and Shirley Arehart.
Friends may visit with Doris’ family starting at 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 6:00 P.M, with Pastor Seth Green officiating.
Cremation will follow.
Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego at a later time.
Contributions in memory of Doris may be made to the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
So sorry for your loss Ken Mary and the rest of her family. Praying for comfort. Love The Kruegers
Aunt Jean & I texted all the time for years . A Good Morning ( all day ) & A good night . I miss those text but I know she is in no more pain & with Jesus, her mom , my mom & aunt Shirley.
I loved you dearly aunt Jean ❤️
Oh Mary so sorry for your loss.
Ken, Mary and family
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. Though I never met her, she must have been a wonderful woman because she has raised such a wonderful man.
My thoughts are prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Dan and Sandy Fleming
Our deepest and most sincere sympathy to Ken and Mary and Stephen and families,Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I worked with Doris at Parker Pneumatic before i transferred to Parker Brass. R.I.P. Doris.
Barb & Dave Blanchard
Ken and family,
Blessing you with prayers of peace during this time. Also, blessing your Mother with joyous prayers as she journeys home to our Lord and her family. What an amazing life your mother had. I’m sure all of you will have many memories and stories to share. You will carry her always in your hearts. Take care. Barbie Blanchard
Blessed to have you as a friend and “breakfast buddy”. I will miss having strawberry waffles with you. I enjoyed your updates on which restaurant you and your son would go to before your hockey game. You were a blessing in my life
She was a special woman who touched my heart. I never introduced myself. She picked up lunch once a week and I would put her meals in her car. I could tell she was special. We only had casual short conversations. I consider the time I spent with her as a gift. May God comfort all who loved her.
So sorry to hear of Doris’s passing. I worked with her at Safari and I truly treasured our talks that we had at work. She gave me lots of inspiration during a rough time in my life and I truly appreciated her for it. She was special and will be missed.
Prayers to her and her family. She was a special person who went to many hockey games home or away with the K Wings. Take care Doris and she will be missed.