Doris M. McDonald

Age 98, of Lansing, Michigan, passed away July 17, 2015.  She was born to the late Loren and Pearl (Collins) Bancroft.

Doris worked for 20 years as a bookkeeper for Abbey Distributing Co. and also worked with her brother Wayne at Bancroft Flowers. She and her sister-in-law Beverly later started and operated a successful and creative silk flower arrangement business called Beedor Creations in the Lansing City Market.

Doris is survived by her three children: Joann (Robert) Farlin, James (Marilyn) McDonald, and Larry (Joan) McDonald, eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Beverly Bancroft.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Howard McDonald, and later her second husband, Jerry Mitchell, and two brothers: Wayne and Darl Bancroft.

There will be a memorial service held 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel with Pastor Robert K. West officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Eaton Community Palliative Care.

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Mary & Dick Pulford
July 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Sorry to read about Doris – she had been a dear life-long friend (since Eastern High School) to Dick’s mother, the late Edna Bogert Pulford. Our condolences in this time of sorrow.

b Maggie Hilliard
July 20, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Our thoughts and prayers to your families. God bless.

Vicki Graham
July 22, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Reading about Beedor Creations at the City Market brought back sweet memories. Doris and Beverly opened their stand across the aisle from mine, Graham’s Natural Foods (a.k.a. The Nut Lady). They brought beauty and style to the Market with their personalities and sophisticated flower arrangements. They uplifted our whole corner of the Market!

I was surprised to learn that Doris was 98 years old. Thought she was much younger during those market years, probably because of her smile, her energy, and how hard she and Beverly worked.


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