Doris Avery, 1924-2014

Published 9:00 am Sunday, December 28, 2014

Funeral services for Doris P. Avery, 90, of Albert Lea will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Assemblies of God Church. The Rev. Lee Freshour will officiate. Interment will be in the Hollandale Cemetery. Visitation will

Doris Avery

Doris Avery

be one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences are welcome at

Doris died on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Community.

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Doris Phyllis Avery was born on Oct. 5, 1924, in Hampton, Iowa, the daughter of William and Gladys (Bailey) Crawford. She moved to the Hollandale area with her family when she was a young girl.

On Feb. 14, 1946, Doris was united in marriage to Henry M. Avery. The couple lived in Albert Lea and in rural Clarks Grove. Doris was the last living charter member of the Assemblies of God Church. She was very active there in the women’s ministry, as a Sunday school teacher, bible school leader and other activities. Doris enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading.

Survivors include her children Sherrill (Lynn) Hayes and William (Pat) Avery; grandchildren Becky Templin, Rachel Peterson, Charles Avery, Sarah Avery, Melissa Hayes, Amy Hayes, Jennifer Lego, Megan Flatness and Will Gold; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters Meriam Younkers, Pauline Vaale, Thelma Remick and Melvina Chandler; and many nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry; her son, Richard; sister, Zelma Crawford; brother, William Crawford; and a brother, John, in infancy.