R. Lou McKelvie, a retired bank receptionist and former travel agent, died Monday of respiratory failure at the Greenery Extended Care Center in Baltimore.
A memorial service for Ms. McKelvie, who was 57 and lived on Camberley Circle in Towson, will be conducted at noon today at St. John's United Methodist Church, 216 W. Seminary Ave. in Lutherville.
Ms. McKelvie worked as a receptionist in a Maryland National Bank headquarters office from 1988 until she was forced to retire because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
From 1976 until 1988, she was a travel agent at Valley Travel in Hunt Valley.
The former R. Lou Yoak was born in Logan, W.Va., and came to the Baltimore area shortly after her graduation in 1957 from Concord College in Athens, W.Va.
She played the piano, wrote poetry, took drawing lessons and was fond of traveling and touring art museums.
She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Fussell of Millersville; a son, G. Scott McKelvie of Baltimore; her mother, Elizabeth Yoak of Charleston, W.Va.; five sisters, Elizabeth Hounshell of Greensboro, N.C., Margaret Wallace of Charleston, Jean Haley of Moundsville, W.Va., Jane Martin of Miami and Jacqueline Meese of Weston, W.Va.; and two grandsons.