Doris Jean McAlister (Lipsey)
(1930 - 2012)

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Doris Jean McAlister (Lipsey)
Nickname: Doris

Birth:
Washington, United States of America
August 20, 1930

Passing:
Nevada, United States of America
April 17, 2012


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This site is dedicated to Doris McAlister.

Doris Jean (Lipsey) (Hainz) McAlister (81) peacefully passed away at her home in Sparks, Nevada in the early morning of April 17th with her daughter, son and daughter-in-law at her side. Doris was born August 20th, 1930 in Longview, Washington to William Charles Lipsey and Agnes Susan Coney.

She moved to Lebanon, Oregon while in high school with her mother, step-father and two half-brothers and half-sister. She met and married Leonard C. Hainz there and gave birth to their son, Leonard C. Hainz II in 1949. Leonard was an independent log truck owner/driver and they lived in numerous other places in Oregon including Triangle Lake, Eugene, Oakridge, Wedderburn and Gold Beach. Doris sometimes worked part time as a waitress. They were divorced in 1960 and Doris worked full time as a waitress, supporting herself and her son.

Doris moved about, from Gold Beach to Winchester Bay, North Bend, Lebanon and eventually to Eugene in 1962. There, she met and married Dale E. “Mac” McAlister. Mac had four daughters, three of which were living with him; Dalene (age 17), Linda (age 16) and Debbie (age 12), along with his mother, Pearl. A daughter, Colleen Jean was born to Mac and Doris in 1964, before moving from Eugene to Roseburg, Oregon in 1967 where a second daughter, Carol Lee, was born to them in 1967. Mac had been ill and could no longer work and they moved back to Eugene in 1972 with Colleen and Carol and then to Springfield where Mac passed away. Doris had been Mac’s caretaker for several years through his battle with colon cancer until he passed away in her arms at their home, the beginning of a future calling that she was unaware of at the time.

With Colleen and Carol, Doris moved to The Dalles, Oregon in 1977 to be near her son, Leonard Hainz II. There, at age 47, Doris took classes and completed her high school graduation requirements and received her high school diploma. She also had been volunteering at The Dalles Hospital and they encouraged her to enroll into the C.N.A. program and she completed training and earned her C.N.A. She was awarded scholarships and grants for additional education and moved to Pendleton, Oregon where she completed a two year nursing program at Blue Mountain Community College in 1981 and became a R.N.

Doris and Carol moved to Portland, Oregon where Doris began a new career in nursing, working for St. Vincent’s Hospital specializing in oncology nursing. Later she transferred into St. Vincent’s Hospice program. She retired at 65, but shortly was again working in hospice with St. Vincent’s again as she felt the need to help others as well as the hospice program had missed her departure for retirement.

Retiring again in 2001, Doris moved to Sparks, Nevada to be close to her daughter Carol, who had moved there several years before. It was not long and her calling as a nurse had her working again in hospice with St. Mary’s Hospice. She worked until December 2011 when her own health problems prevented her from continuing on being of service to those in need of hospice care. She was deeply loved and respected by her co-workers at St. Mary’s Hospice who helped care for her lovingly when she became the patient instead of the caregiver. She was greatly appreciated by many families for whom she provided loving and compassionate care for their loved ones in the Washoe Valley and earlier in the Portland area.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her second husband, Dale E. McAlister; her brother Keith L. Morton; her daughter, Colleen Jean Bellisle; and two step-daughters, Virginia “Ginnie” and Linda Sue. Doris is survived by her son, Leonard C. Hainz II and wife Ginger of Albany, Oregon and her daughter, Carol Lee Bishop of Sparks, Nevada who lived with Doris during the last year of her life along with grandchildren Cameron and Corissa. Doris is also survived by her brother Joe L. Gamblin of Albany, Oregon and sister Sue Daily of Lebanon, Oregon. In addition, Doris had four additional grandchildren: Leonard C. “Chuck” Hainz III of Chandler, AZ; Melissa Ann Hainz of Portland, OR; Kristina Bellisle of Vancouver, WA and Robert Bellisle of Vancouver, WA and six great-grandchildren. Doris is also survived by step-daughters Dalene Schram of Veneta, Oregon and Debbie McCarroll of McMinnville, Oregon and numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to one of the following in Doris’s memory is preferred. St. Mary’s Hospice, 429 Elm Street, Reno NV 89503; Providence St. Vincent Hospice, 3601 SW Murray Blvd, Ste 40B, Beaverton OR 97005; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 2151, Memphis TN 38101-2151. Doris obviously worked in both hospice programs but dear to her heart was the caring for the little ones and if St. Jude CRH could prevent one child from being placed on hospice, it would be the best gift of all.

A memorial service will be held in Reno at St. Mary’s Hospital in the chapel at 1:00 PM Saturday, April 21st.
A memorial service will also be held in Oregon on Saturday, April 28th at 2:00 PM at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Beaverton.

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Guest Book (21 entries)
To Doris with fond memories and devotion.
We were the Day Shift at St. Vincent's.
Evelyn, Judy, Cheryl, Carol and Jo
Joan Pollard (Co-Worker)
May 1st, 2012
Dear Family and Friends of Doris, I've been one of the lucky ones who worked with Doris at St. V's Oncology Ward. She was a terrific nurse who gave her all to her patients. She was one of God's angels on earth and God has welcomed her to heaven with open arms. With deepest sympathy, Vicky Nied RN
Vicky Nied (Coworker at St. Vincent's)
April 26th, 2012
Len, Ginger and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Doris sounds like she was a wonderful mother, friend and co-worker and she is going to be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and I hope that your memories will help you through this difficult time.
Jan Modin (Friend)
April 26th, 2012
Len, Ginger and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. I hope all the memories that you have and hold wIll comfort you during this time. My love to all of you.
Jan Modin (Friend)
April 26th, 2012
Len, Ginger, & Family,
My thoughts & prayers are with you as you go through this sorrowful time. I hope the special memories you hold in your heart will help you through the coming days.
Love you.
Pausha Peters (Friend)
April 26th, 2012
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"You have a very special place in my heart; your kindness and giving was with the most sincerity. Our Coney line will live on! Love you and miss you!"
Sue Coney Davis
June 7th, 2012
"When I came to St. Vincent's Hospice program I was new to Hospice nursing. Doris took me under her wing and willingly mentored me. One of my fondest memories of Doris is that we made all our home visits in her convertible!"
Nancy Kroll
April 25th, 2012
"Doris, my friend, we shared a lot, i will love you forever"
vicki peterson
April 21st, 2012
"Doris, my hero. Always & forever. Much love, Lynn"
Lynn DeVine
April 20th, 2012
"Doris - our quiet gentle friend who gave from the very depths of her soul to all. Rest peacefully. Marilynn Uhart"
Marilynn Uhart
April 20th, 2012
"Everyday in some small way Memories of you come our way. Though absent, you are always near Still missed, loved and always dear."
Robert Dale Bellisle
April 19th, 2012
"Peace Out my friend, see you on the other side"
Kimberly DeMartin
April 19th, 2012
""Doris, I will always remember you for your quiet quick wit, You were very special to me, RIP my FRIEND xoxo"."
Michelle Smith
April 19th, 2012
"i only knew you for a short while but the time i spent with you will last with me forever your name and memorie will not be forgotten as you will live forever in the minds of your great grand daughters rest in peace great grandma mac"
jaime zempich
April 19th, 2012
"Doris will always have a special place in my heart."
Cori Steele
April 19th, 2012

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