Doris Jeanne Hornbrook
June 29, 1931 – June 19, 2020
Doris Jeanne Hornbrook passed June 19, 2020 at 5:57am after briefly battling complications from heart surgery. She was 88. Soft-spoken but resolute in her convictions – frail in later years, but still fiercely independent, Doris was a unique contrast between optics and substance.
She was born in Evansville on June 29, 1931, the daughter of Delmas Hornbrook and Mary Maag Hornbrook. As a child of The Great Depression, Doris was ever-frugal and always penny-wise, finding ways to create a life with meaningful abundance with very little and few possessions.
Doris was the eldest of four siblings: Robert “Bob” Hornbrook, Charmaine “Charm” Marlow and Charles “Charlie” Hornbrook. She attended F.J. Reitz High School and held myriad positions in the Evansville community including that of waitress at Schenk’s Royal Drive-In and Franklin Drugstore’s cafeteria and soda fountain, later working in the dietary department at Deaconess Hospital and retiring from Mead Johnson (Bristol-Myers) where she spent more than thirty years. Doris was deeply spiritual and a long-time member of Simpson United Methodist Church.
Most of all, Doris was kind and practiced a “no-strings attached” form of love. This theme was present in all aspects of her life including one final “gift” made as an organ donor to strangers in Indianapolis. She will be profoundly missed.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (David) Miller of Evansville, grandson Jeffrey (Nina) Adelson-Yan of Hoboken, NJ, great-grandson Lucas “Luke” Adelson-Yan of Hoboken, NJ, great-granddaughter Delia Adelson-Yan of Hoboken, NJ, siblings Bob (Barbara) Hornbrook of Evansville, Charm (Tom, deceased) Marlow of Evansville and Charlie (Joann, deceased) Hornbrook of Boonville, IN and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers or donations, Doris would have asked that you simply practice the all too often overlooked act of being kind. Start with one unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness. As Rabbi and author Harold Kushner so eloquently stated, “When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.”
Condolences may be offered at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.
- Kathleen Miller (David), Daughter
- Jeffrey Adelson-Yan (Nina), Grandson
- Lucas "Luke" Adelson-Yan, Great Grandson
- Delia Adelson-Yan, Great Granddaughter
- Bob Hornbrook (Barbara), Sibling
- Charm Marlow ((Tom, Deceased)), Sibling
- Charlie Hornbrook ((Joann, Deceased)), Sibling
- Mrs. Hornbrook also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and cousins to cherish her memory.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Doris Jeanne Hornbrook
June 25, 2020
Long history of being good neighbors across the street on 1st Ave.
Enjoyed getting to know Doris and family over the years. I know you'll miss her deeply and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
June 23, 2020
Kathy and David, I was so sorry to read of Doris' death. She was such a sweet lady and I always enjoyed our times together. Prayers for you and all of your family at this difficult time.
June 22, 2020
Kelli's mom writing this for her. Kelli has many fond memories of Ms.Hornbrook and sends sympathy to the family
June 21, 2020
Shared communion many times with her. Enjoyed talking with her about family and friends. She was a lovely lady. I know she will be missed. We will keep all of you all in our prayers.
May God bless all of you.