PRESQUE ISLE - Doris Perry Andrews, 90, passed away Jan. 31, 2013, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Scarborough. She was born in 1923, in Presque Isle, to George W. and Mary (Hilton) Perry.
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She was a much loved older sister to her brother, Arthur. Her childhood memories of growing up in Presque Isle were magical. She often talked about the days when her dad would get the old sleigh out of the barn on a cold winter's day, cover her and Arthur with heavy wool blankets, and ride over the snowy fields. Doris graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1939 and attended Presque Isle Normal School for three years before spending a year at Boston University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in education. She thoroughly enjoyed her time in Boston, going to plays and out to dinner in the "big city." But for Doris, there was no place like home. She soon headed back to Presque Isle to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. In July 1944, Doris married Robert D. "Andy" Andrews. Andy was born and raised in Rockford, Ill. During World War II he was stationed at the Presque Isle Air Base and fell in love with the County and with a young teacher named Doris Perry. Doris and Andy settled into a happy life there. Doris taught at Cunningham Middle School for many years and also taught piano lessons at home. She loved knitting, writing, playing the piano, cooking, bridge and spending time with her dear friends. In 1951 Doris and Andy joyfully welcomed their first child, Mary Jo. Nine years later the incomparable Sara arrived. Doris' daughters were the lights of her life. Doris often talked about Mary Jo's kindness and sensitivity. And she rarely mentioned Sara's name without a big smile on her face. She and Andy suffered an unimaginable loss when both of their beloved girls died - Mary Jo at 26 and Sara at age 33 - of a rare liver disease. Doris was devoted to her loving niece, Sandy Perry. Sandy was a constant comfort to Doris, especially in her later years. Doris' favorite times were when friends and relatives gathered at the old family homestead on State Street for holiday celebrations. Doris told stories about her mom and dad cheerfully opening their home to anyone who wanted some company during the holidays. Doris was a wonderful mother, a devoted wife, and a great friend to many. She spent countless hours working and volunteering at Presque Isle Congregational Church alongside her dear friend, the Rev. Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood. Throughout the years she taught Sunday school, she was a member of the hand bell choir and occasionally played the organ.
Doris is survived by her nieces, Sandy Perry of Presque Isle, Susan Ferland of Brewer and Laurie Gray of Dexter; her son-in-law, Jim Boutin and his wife, Susan, of Hollis; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews and their children.
A service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Presque Isle Congregational Church. Contributions in her memory may be made to Presque Isle Congregational Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1797, Presque Isle, ME 04769. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 4, 2013