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Doris R. Dowell

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MERRIMACK - Doris R. Dowell, of Merrimack, passed away peacefully at home April 17, 2014, after a courageous 10-year battle with cervical cancer.Doris was born as Doris Roswitha Schimmel on Feb. 21, 1952, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, to the late Hans and Johanna Schimmel. She moved to the United States in 1964, first living in Massachusetts and shortly thereafter moving to Merrimack, where she lived ever since.Doris was well-known in the community through her long career with the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical System, particularly from her work at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Merrimack Family Practice, first as an appointments secretary and later as clinic manager.Doris' greatest joy in life was her family, and she had a very special bond with her grandchildren. Her favorite activities were playing tennis, reading, cooking, but her true passion was dancing - she was an excellent ballroom dancer.Doris is survived by her husband, Douglas Dowell of Merrimack; her daughter Michelle LeBlanc, son-in-law Gary LeBlanc, granddaughters Alexis and Mia LeBlanc, grandson Landon LeBlanc, all of Merrimack; her son Mitchell Dupuis and daughter-in-law Jessica Dupuis of Manchester; her stepson, Evan Dowell of Providence, R.I.; and her former husband, Michael Dupuis, the father of Doris' children, of Ossipee, N.H.Doris did volunteer work at the Merrimack Home Health & Hospice and received her final care from this wonderful organization.


services: Doris' family will hold a private graveside ceremony on Saturday, April 26. Doris' clear wish was to have a celebration of life to which her friends and co-workers were invited. This celebration will be held from 2 to 8 p.m., June 14, at the John O'Leary Adult Community Center, 4 Church St., Merrimack. If you would like to leave a remembrance for Doris, please make a donation in her name to the Merrimack Home Health & Hospice, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack 03054 ( or to a .The Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to sign an online guest register, go to

Published in Union Leader on Apr. 20, 2014