Doris McLAUGHLIN

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McLAUGHLIN - Doris Died on March 15, 2013, just a month short of her 98th birthday, at Kaleida High Pointe Dementia Care in Buffalo. Until recently she resided in Lewiston. She was born in Olean, NY, to Ted and Blanche Light, and attended Olean High School and Allegheny College. Additionally, Doris attended St. Bonaventure University while teaching English in the Kenmore and Lancaster school districts. She earned her B.A. from Arizona State University, Tucson, in 1962. Doris met her future husband, Richard McLaughlin, while they were students at Olean High. He was determined to discover "why she giggled so much." Despite suffering from intense anxiety her entire life, she had an astonishing capacity for silliness. Once, during a game of charades as a Campfire Girl, she acted out Greta Garbo, to the bafflement of her more practical friends. She earned her nickname "Kate" thanks to her enthusiasm for the film version of "Taming of the Shrew", starring Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. She also enjoyed walking, reading, gardening, babies, puppies, art, spareribs and blue skies. Doris is survived by her son Chris (Susan) of St. Catharines, Ontario; daughters Lissa of Madison, Wisconsin; and Megan (Howard) of Urbana, Illinois; granddaughters Fei-fei and Antonia Min; sister Barbara, and several nieces and nephews. Her husband Richard pre-deceased her in 2003: Doris cared for him alone during his long illness. A special thank you to her wonderful caretaker Linda Seiler of Lewiston, as well as to the excellent staff of University Pod at Kaleida High Pointe. Mom, you never got the picnic on the lawn you waited for every April, for your birthday. We hope you're enjoying it now. Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com for guest register.

Published in the Buffalo News on Mar. 31, 2013
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