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Avasia Dorene McKean

June 6, 1933 — April 27, 2016

Avasia Dorene (Thompson) McKean, age 82, of Crane, Indiana entered peacefully in her sleep into eternal rest with family at her bedside on April 27th, 2016 at Columbia Healthcare Center in Evansville, Indiana.

She was born in Dubois County, Indiana on June 6th, 1933 to George Walker Thompson and Truna Elizabeth (Perkins) Thompson.

Dorene married her love of more than 50 years, Robert Norman McKean, on July 21st, 1961 and he preceded her in death on February 16th, 2010.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, (1) Daughter – Lana Dawn Friede, (5) Brothers – George Thompson Jr., Clay Thompson, Walden Flick, Hugh Ellis Thompson and Warren Thompson; (6) Sisters – Truna Francine Thompson, Wilma Jean Thompson, Shirley Carolyn Thompson, Evalue Flick, Parthenia Elizabeth Thompson and  Lillian Nolan Thompson.

Dorene grew up on a farm which eventually became part of Patoka Lake. She graduated from French Lick High School in May of 1952. She then attended the Louisville Bible College in 1952-1953, where she received straight “A”s in all of her classes. Prior to her marriage to Robert, she was employed at Sarkes Tarzian in Bloomington, Indiana. Following her marriage, she focused on her labor of love in rearing her (5) five children and making a good home for them and her husband.

Dorene was a woman of deep Christian faith, who studied the bible diligently and was baptized on August 8th, 1948 in Cuzco, Indiana. She was well-read, particularly with respect to health care matters. In later years Dorene doted on her grandchildren, cared for her beloved Robert and continued to study the bible and other readings.

Dorene is survived by:

(1) Son Lawrence Robert McKean Linton, Indiana

(3) Daughters Lora Lynn Smith (Bruce) Center Grove, Indiana
Lenore Kathleen McKean Linton, Indiana
Linda Carol McKean Bloomington, Indiana

(5) Grandchildren Karie Lea McKean Evansville, Indiana
Jessica Rose Friede Linton, Indiana
Sara Beth Friede Bloomington, Indiana
Nathan Wayne Smith Center Grove, Indiana
Evan McKean Smith Center Grove, Indiana

(2) Great-Grandchildren Domino Reilynn Goforth Evansville, Indiana
Micale Harrison Linton, Indiana

(2) Brothers Gary Oscar Flick and Carl Thompson

(3) Sisters Alvena Flick, Enid Delores Flick and Maxine Nolan Thompson

The Funeral Ceremony will be conducted on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. by her son-in-law, Bruce A. Smith, at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel. Burial will follow in the Ames Chapel Cemetery in Paoli, Indiana.

Friends may call on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 12:00 (noon) until the time of service.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Homes, 9640 W. State Rd. 56 French Lick, In. 47432.
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Service Schedule

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Friday, April 29, 2016

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Ceremony

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Ames Chapel Cemetery

5368 US-150, Paoli, IN 47454

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