Doris Jean Kyhnell


Doris Jean Kyhnell, of Anderson, passed away Aug. 29, 2019. She was born March 27, 1937 in Union City, Michigan. She married the love of her life, Jack Kyhnell, who survives, on June 20, 1959.
Doris was graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in nursing. She began her career as a registered nurse for St. John's Hospital in Anderson and taught nursing students there. She was instrumental in the formation of Family Planning of Madison County and was the inaugural executor director before moving into the position of director of nursing in order to have direct contact with patients. Through continuing education, she went on to become a nurse practioner.
Doris was a member of Central Christian Church, Pendleton Historical Society and Just Friends Dulcimer group. Music was a constant part of her life. She learned to play piano and organ at a young age and used that talent to play for several congregations, including Markleville East Christian Church.
In addition to her musical talent, she enjoyed all types of crafts including quilting, polymer clay, tole painting, cake decorating, cross stitching, sewing, cooking, gardening and reading. She often used her sewing and crafting skills to benefit those in need. She made scarves for Haitians through the church and knitted hats for newborn babies. For 30 years, she and her husband treated their family to vacations, which brought them great joy. For many years, she and Jack enjoyed spending several months each year in Kauai, Hawaii, where they met many wonderful people.
Doris is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Jack Kyhnell; children, Anita (Sam) Aleshire, Linda (Jay) Higbee and Karl (Koreen) Kyhnell; grandchildren, Ashley (Greg Drake) Aleshire, Sarah Aleshire, Jayson (Joy) Higbee, Jacob Higbee, Kameron Kyhnell and Karson Kyhnell; great-grandchildren, Elsie Higbee, Lincoln Higbee and Oakley Drake; siblings, Phyliss Lewis and Kenneth (Teryl Hartman) Reed; sister-in-law, Janet Reed; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Florence Reed; brother, Keith Reed; and brother-in-law, Frederick Lewis.
Private family services will take place.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Choice for Women, 1817 North Madison Ave, Anderson, IN 46011; info@firstchoicefor, or Alternative's Inc. of Madison County PO Box 1302, Anderson, IN, 46015,
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David Evand
Sep 04, 2019
Vivid Recollections was purchased for the family of Doris Jean Kyhnell by David Evand.  Send flowers
Kathy Stuart
Sep 04, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I will miss spending time with her at our polymer clay meetings. So calm and wise, and creative and gracious. I will miss her.
Debera "Deb" Pierce Adams, cousin
Sep 02, 2019
Still remember the story of her playing nurse with my brother as a patient, where she gave him a shot using a real sewing needle!
My deepest sympathy to Jack and the rest of the family. All are in my prayers!!
Marti Van Court
Sep 01, 2019
Linda and family: I’m so very sorry for your loss. You are definitely in my thoughts and prayers.
It was nice to read about your mother’ life, what a wonderful role model she was for all of you.