Doris E. (Charron) Gallup

Doris E. (Charron) Gallup, 87, of Vernon, beloved wife of 59 years to the late Melvin F. Gallup (2007), passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.

Born in Baltic, one of nine children born to the late Eli and Victoria Charron, she grew up and lived in Plainfield before moving to Vernon more than 50 years ago. Doris always had a very strong work ethic. She started working at the age of 14 to help support her family and she continued working well into her 70s. Whether at work, shopping, or going out to dinner, she carried a presence, look, smile, and personality that people enjoyed. As much as she enjoyed going out, she loved being at home. She enjoyed taking brisk two mile walks with her former dog, Gizzy, through the trails at Valley Falls. Throughout the years, Doris developed many close friendships, and although some have passed, no one will be forgotten, especially, Arlene, Hope, Lorraine, Chris, Gunda, Ursula, and Ginger. Thank you all so much! Doris was blessed to have her special friend, Lois Hadden, who was by her side every day. Her family will always be grateful. Doris loved animals and always had a cat. In recent years, she was fortunate to have her companion, friend, and love, Chewy, her Maltese, who was at home with her for the past four years.

She is survived by her three sons, Melvin Jr. of Seattle, Wash., Gregory of Portsmouth, Va., and Timothy of Vernon, with whom she made her home; four grandchildren, Danny, Amber, Justin, and Brandi; a great-granddaughter, Victoria; her sister, Beatrice Davis of Uncasville; and many nieces and nephews whom she was very fond of. In addition to her parents and her husband, Doris was predeceased by six sisters and two brothers.

Her family would like to thank all the nurses and aides at Woodlake at Tolland, Kathy from the Visiting Nurses, and especially, Ann Marie, Denise, and mom's guardian angel, Millie, for going above and beyond, and Dr. Jimenez for his many years of wonderful care, thank you!

Funeral services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home in Vernon is caring for the arrangements.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2012