February 27, 1924 ~ March 21, 2014
Von McVey, beloved wife of Warren of East Wenatchee, WA and a dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away while asleep March 21, 2014. She is now enjoying her final reward in Heaven. Von lived in the home she loved with Warren for nearly 60 years, but spent her last few months receiving care at Blossom Creek Memory Care Community in Wenatchee, WA. We thank the staff.
Von was born in Strawberry, AR on February 27, 1924, to Clifton and Nettie Lee Montgomery. The third of seven children, she loved her family and had a tender heart. As a teen, her family admired her attention to detail and homemaking skills. Von and Warren lived in neighboring towns. After a three-year courtship, they were married on April 19, 1943. They celebrated their 70th anniversary last year. After WWII, the young couple joined a migration of post-war families to the Wenatchee Valley. Like many newcomers, Von worked hard in the fruit industry to help provide her family a better life.
Von was devout to the First United Methodist Church in Wenatchee. The McVey’s were there to help build and then transition the church to the present structure. She coordinated weddings and supported other special events for decades with a strong commitment to serving and helping others. Von had a love for beautiful things. Her yard and garden were her pride and joy. She was known for her award-winning floral arrangements. She enjoyed ceramics and transforming spaces through interior design, partnering with Warren to add the right touches to homes he built for sale.
Warren introduced Von to golf in the 1970’s. She grew to love the game, soon becoming a constant fixture at Three Lakes Golf Course. She volunteered there and served as President of the women’s club. On the golf course, Von was a fierce competitor, playing in seven club championship finals, fortunate enough to get a win at age 69. She was blessed with her only hole-in-one the same year.
In 1997, Warren had a heart attack while at home. Even though Von had no training, she resuscitated him before the paramedics arrived. After surgery in Seattle, her days were spent by his bedside, through two months of various complications while he recovered. As Von slowed down in her 80’s, dementia took a terrible toll. Though most of her memories faded, she always recognized Warren. He cared for her at home until this past December.
Von’s story cannot be told without telling much of Warren’s. She will be deeply missed.
Von is survived by husband, Warren; sons, Marty (wife, Cathy and son, Gary) of Bellevue and David of Seattle. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Darrow (who is survived by her daughter, Amy Carrasco) (husband, Alex, and sons, Max, Jack, and Adam) of West Jordan, UT. Von’s surviving sisters are Bernice Dill of Loanoke, AR and Doris (Robert) Parish of Searcy, AR.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Wenatchee at 941 Washington Street. A coffee reception will follow. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park in East Wenatchee. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a charitable donation to: Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT), 14434 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, WA 98007 — www.featwa.org — FEAT is a 501(c)3 dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals and families who are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 100% of donations to FEAT of Washington are used to support Washington local communities. Arrangements by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.