BUFFALO - Doris McLaughlin died Friday (March 15, 2013), just a month short of her 98th birthday, at Kaleida Highpointe Dementia Care in Buffalo. Until recently, she resided in Lewiston.
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She was born in Olean 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 bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, Tucson, Ariz., 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, spare ribs and blue skies.
Doris is survived by her son, Chris (Susan) of St. Catharines, Ontario; daughters, Lissa of Madison, Wis., and Megan (Howard) of Urbana, Ill.; two granddaughters, Fei-fei and Antonia Min; a sister, Barbara; and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Richard, predeceased her in 2003. Doris cared for him alone during his long illness.
Her family wishes a special thanks to her wonderful caretaker, Linda Seiler of Lewiston, as well as the excellent staff of University Pod at Kaleida Highpointe.
"Mom, you never got the picnic on the lawn you waited for every April for your birthday. We hope you're enjoying it now," her children said.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Mar. 31, 2013