Barbara's Story

BREWER AND ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Barbara J. Doane, 90, wife of the late Gordon F. Doane, died March 27, 2015, after a brief illness. She was born Oct. 15, 1924, in Caribou, ME, the daughter of the late John R. and Margaret A. (Meehan) Sedgley. She had one dearly missed sister, the late Marion A. Fazio of Wakefield, MA.

Barbara attended Brewer High School, class of 1942, answered the call of "Rosie the riveter" for the war effort of WWII, employed by the Charlestown Navy Yard as a sheet metal helper and Faraday Electrical Contractors as an assembler, both in Boston. She worked as a waitress, homemaker, talented seamstress and was an independent, determined, supporting and loving mother. Barbara was a secretary with the Bangor-Brewer Christian Women's Club of 1952, served as a Girl and Cub Scout leader, was a member and had served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent with the Second Congregational Church, Brewer, and was a member of the Brewer Senior Citizens.

She was thrilled to ride motorcycles and fly with her husband in single engine aircraft and later with a son. Activities enjoyed were her rock, flower and vegetable gardens, flowering shrubs, a bountiful raspberry patch, walking, swimming, volleyball, family lobster and clam picnics in the Bar Harbor coastal region, watching TV game shows, daily crossword puzzles, playing bridge, solitaire and showed her children no mercy with her cribbage skills.

She treasured the seasonal migration of a "snowbird" and was blessed by the hospitality and care of a daughter, including her in many activities in MA and was also blessed with the fondness of a loving daughter in ME, enjoying many day trips and excursions with her daughters. Special times were delightful when visiting a son at Moosehead Lake - boating and enjoying the scenery. She was always eager to go for a ride and had remarkable memories with relatives, extended family, former neighbors and friends scattered over northern New England.

Barbara was content and comfortable in St. Petersburg walking the" Pier" and along the downtown waterfront parks, Gulf beach sidewalks or perched upon John's Pass Bridge to watch colorful sunsets, relishing the coastal breezes and fresh air, chatting with neighborhood friends, observing frolics of shorebirds at home and was blessed to live her elder years as she had wished with a son's assistance.

Surviving her are five children, Frances Verow and husband, Arthur, of Brewer, ME, John Doane and wife, Lynn, of Fitzgerald, GA, Cynthia Perrone and husband, Kenneth, of Danvers, MA, Gerald Doane of Seminole, FL, and Orrington, ME, and Richard Doane of St. Petersburg, FL; three grandchildren, memories of the late Julie O'Connor and surviving husband, Timothy, of Virginia Beach, VA, Todd Verow of New York, NY, and Suzette Furrow and husband, Michael, of Bangor, ME; three great-grandchildren, Abby O'Connor of Virginia Beach, VA, Trudy and Lilly Furrow of Bangor, ME; five nieces, memories of the late Linda Ramirez, survived by husband, Angelo, of Amherst, MA, Jean Dale and husband, Ray, of Warwick, RI, Patricia Fazio of Sunapee, NH; Barbara Werkowski and husband, Robert, of Brewer, ME, and memories of the late Patricia Grant of Clifton, ME, and surviving husband, Alton Grant, of Bangor, ME; four nephews, John Fazio of Seabrook, NH, memories of the late Edward Fazio of Wakefield, MAm Peter Fazio of Apache Junction, AZm and memories of the late Frank "Doanie" Bothwick of Bangor, ME; two cousins, Jane McMurray of Brunswick, ME, and William McMurray and wife, Kathy, of Portland, ME; five great-nieces, Bethany Ramirez of MI, Brenda Brooks of Orrington, ME, Nancy Werkowski of Bangor, ME, Lisa Weaver of Searsport, ME, Sandra Thompson of Prospect, ME; eight great-nephews, Brandon Ramirez of NY, Christopher Ramirez of MA, Ian and Sam Franklin, both of Boston, Matthew Fazio of Apache Junction, AZ, Zachary Fazio of Lynn, MA, Gary Grant of Clifton, ME, Alan Grant of Amherst, ME, eight stepgrandchildren, Catherine Glover of Nashville, TN, Virginia Kenny of Orrington, ME, Kenneth Perrone Jr., Kimberly London, Kathleen Bogomolov and Christopher Perrone all of MA, Deborah Brown of NC, and Damon Howe of VA, several more great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews in Florida and friends.

Friends and neighbors are welcome to visit 1-2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer, where a service honoring Barbara's life will be held at 2 p.m. with Pastor Richard Reynolds, presiding. Burial and committal will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Brewer, immediately afterward. Following the committal, there will be a reception to share memories and refreshments at Second Congregational Church, 607 S. Main St., Brewer, ME 04412. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Second Congregational Church, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Paralyzed Vets of America or the March of Dimes.
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