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Lea Funeral Home Chapel
Saturday March 12th, 2016

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Elinor Belva Doty

Elinor Belva (Logan) Doty, 91, of Albert Lea, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Thorne Crest Senior Living in Albert Lea.  There will be a private Graveside Service at Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea with Rev. Clayton Balsley presiding.  A Memorial Service will be held later in the Spring or Summer. 

Elinor was born on September 28, 1929 to Milo and Alice Logan in Bricelyn, MN.  She had her education in rural schools around Bricelyn and high school in Bricelyn.

Elinor married Glenn Doty on June 19, 1947 at the Rice Lake Evangelical Church.  They lived their entire married life in Albert Lea, MN.  They had two children:  Dan and Linda Doty.  Elinor worked in the school cafeterias for School District 241 as a cafeteria worker for 14 years.  They belonged to Calvary Baptist Church, which is now Bridge Community Church, where she was an active member in the women’s work.  Elinor held many roles as a member of Calvary Baptist Church.  She was a member of A.B.W., circles, sang in the choir, was in the church Ladies Trio for 25 years with Deloris Swanson and Lois Diercks.  Elinor also taught Sunday School and worked with the youth.

Elinor had many hobbies.  She loved to play the piano at home with her family.  She painted landscapes in her spare time.  Elinor spent her spring and summers tending her flower gardens and even after working at the school cafeteria she loved going home to bake.

Elinor is survived by her daughter, Linda (Al) Dieken; grandsons, Daniel (Bonnie) Eastlund, James Doty, Dennis (Alecia) Doty; great granddaughters, Olivia and Lucy Eastlund, Esther Jane and Eva Marie Doty; great grandsons; Ezra and Noah Doty; daughter in law, Carol Doty; sister in laws Grace Haukoos and Marilyn Haukoos; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Elinor is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Glenn Doty; son, Dan Doty; sister and brother in law Elvina and Alex Banashak; son in law, John White; sister in laws, Marie Adkins, Ruth Ballou, Dorothy Rodrigues, Ethel Doty, brother in laws, Jim Doty, Bob Haukoos, Kenny Haukoos; and nephew, Mike Banashak.     

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Linda, So sorry to learn that your mom passed. She was a wonderful neighbor in our years growing up on Sheridan Street. After my mom died, I didn't get to Albert Lea very often and lost touch with those still living there. Since my husband retired 18 years ago, we have been spending 6 months in Mankato and 6 months in Arizona. My brother, Bill, lives in AZ full-time and it's been great being able to spend time with him while we are here. My sister, Judy is still in Oklahoma City. Please know I am thinking of you and hope you are doing well.

Bette (Dusek) Grovdahl Dec 27 2020 12:00 AM

One of my favorite ladies at TC! Always so kind and loving. I will truly miss her. My deepest sympathies!

Jule Gullickson Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM

Linda and Family, I am Vance and Marian Stoneback's youngest daughter. I am so very sorry to hear about Elinor! She was a very special lady! I have many fond memories of going to visit her and "Uncle" Glen. Blessed be her memory!

Amy E Trude Dec 8 2020 12:00 AM

Linda, sending you sympathy and prayers in the loss of your dear mom. She was such an inspiration, always so positive and love the many memories of the trio singing. We were blessed to grow up together at Calvary and our parents had a lot of good times together. God's peace fill your heart and a lot of special memories. Love, Paula (Peterson) Merkouris

Paula (Peterson) Merkouris Dec 7 2020 12:00 AM

Linda and family, My deepest sympathy to you. I enjoyed visiting and getting to know Elinor at Thorne Crest. She was so talented. She played the piano beautifully.

Jeff Kopseng Dec 7 2020 12:00 AM

Linda and family, Im so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Ive thought of you both since we saw you about 5 years ago at Thornecrest, wondering how your mom was doing. I have such wonderful fond memories of going to your house on Sheridan when we were little and the warm welcome your mom and dad gave me. I even remember the piano! Your mother was such a kind and gracious lady. She is a large part of my happy childhood memories and I will never forget her! God bless you!

Dede Heilman George Dec 7 2020 12:00 AM