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Doris Hill Gere 1923 - 2013
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October 29, 2013
I will always love you OMa, you were a fantastic woman and such a kind person. You welcomed me into your family before you ever met me, and I wish I had had another opportunity to thank you for it. It takes a strong matriarch to raise such a wonderful and caring family; your spirit lives on in the children you raised to be as nice and generous with love as you were, and their children who were raised in the same vein. I will never forget the loving impact you had on my life. My condolences go out to your friends, family, and anyone who was as lucky as me to know such a wonderful person. I pray you rest peacefully. Love always.
October 25, 2013
It is with fondness that I remember Doris at the UMass Donahue Institute for Governmental Services. She made many execellent contributions in her service to the Institute and was known as a "no-nonsense" person. We extend our sympathy to Doris's husband and family and join in wonderful memories of her life. Lynn Griesemer, Executive Director of the UMass Donahue Institute.
October 22, 2013
The Lessard family remembers Doris and her family very well. She was an outstanding woman, mother and advocate of all those she knew and many who didn't know her personally but whose lives were forever changed by her impact on the communities she served.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She will never be forgotten. The world is a better place because Doris was in it.

In deepest sympathy,
Your Leverett neighbors,

The Lessards
October 22, 2013
Dear ''other'' family,

When I left home at the early age of 17 (back when I knew everything), Doris always welcomed me into your home whether it was to just visit or ''leach'' a meal. When I learned I had to pitch in with dish-washing or clean-up, I realized that I was officially part of the family. That's when I thought, if I cook, maybe I can get out of clean-up. (wrong again) That must have been how the infamous ''Spaghetti Night'' began, and always with the family blessing first. I counted 22 people around that table one night! That was a long time ago but certainly some of my favorite memories. And who can forget the Jay Peak ski trip and the ensuing episodes? Cars that were too cold to start, Doris riding in the old 64 Ford Econoline van, turtle races at Nattie Bumpos, shoosh-boom down the challenging slopes and finally retrieving Barb from the bottom of an icy precipice. Ahhh, memories, I could go on and on.

Becky and I are both very proud and honored that we knew Doris well enough to call her Oma. She was a great lady and the only one to ever hang me up on a hook in the coat closet when I misbehaved. She offered me her home, her family and love that I will never, ever forget. Thank you Oma and thank you family.

Love always,

Mark the ''other'' son
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