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Doris H. Gardner 1919-2012 ADAMS Doris H. Gardner, 92, formerly of 75 Commercial St., died peacefully Monday, April 9, 2012 at the Sweet Brook Nursing Home in Williamstown. Born in Adams on August 27, 1919 she was the daughter of the late Eusebe and Augustine Gagnon Comeau. She attended the former Notre Dame Elementary School in Adams and graduated from the former Adams High School. After her marriage she moved to Detroit, Michigan where, during World War II, she and her husband George were employed at an aircraft factory making bombers. Through most of her life she was a homemaker but she was employed locally at the former Hunter Machine in North Adams and Waverly Fabrics in Adams, After retirement she and George moved from Detroit to McBain, Michigan. She and George moved from McBain to Adams twice, returning for good in 1987. She and George settling at the millhouses where she lived for over 20 years. Doris was very active in the millhouses community and served as a source of support to many people there. For over 15 years she She was a volunteer at the Adams Senior Center Lunch Program. She was a long time communicant of the former Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs Church in Adams where she was a member of the Ladies of Ste. Anne. At Sweetbrook she was a member of the Red Hat Society. She loved the activities programs there, especially the Alladins music group. Prior to her illness, Doris enjoyed going to tag sales, shopping, volunteering at her daughters adult day health program in Florida, traveling and attending concerts her grandson Albert participated in at MCLA. Most anyone who knew her has heard her say with a big smile, "How much is that?" She loved singing old time song and was an accopmplished square dancer in her younger years. Her husband, George Gardner, whom she married on October 8, 1938, died January 28, 1998. She is survived by one daughter, Faith Downs of Port Richie, Fla., two sisters, Margaret Comeau and Marie Goodrow Anderson and her husband John all of Adams. Five grandchildren, Albert Gardner, who was also her caregiver, Kimberly Loven, Velvet Harjala, Jeffrey and David Gardner, two great grandchildren, Aaron and Zachary, two great great grandchildren, Blaze and Ricky, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister-in-laws Theresa Comeau and Dorothy Conway-Comeau. She was predeceased by her daughter Carol, her son Lewis, her grandson, Sandy Gardner who was tragically murdered, two sisters, Roma Smith and Blanche Comeau and four brothers, Francis, Royal, Bernard and Arthur Comeau, who died at infancy. She was also predeceased by one son in law, Kenneth Downs. Doris loved her famliy and they were her greatest source of joy. She mourned the loss of her children and grandson with poise and dignity. Her fight is over, her day is done, she is at peace. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Doris H. Gardner will take place Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 12 p.m. in the Parish of Pope John Paul the Great in Adams. Burial will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. Calling hours at the TROTTIER PRINGLE FUNERAL HOME, 6 Summer St., Adams, will take place Thursday May 3rd, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Donations in her memory can be made to the Adams Ambulance Service or the VNA and Hospice of Northern Berkshire in care of the funeral home. The family of Doris would like to thank the staff at the Sweet Brook, especially Barbara Oleskiewicz, Ann Shartrand and Wes from activities for there kindness and exceptional care of Doris while she was a resident there.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 19, 2012
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