Doris M. Homer

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CONCORD - Doris M. (Laurence) Homer, 96, a resident of Presidential Oaks, died Sept. 1, 2011, after a brief period of failing health.

She was born on July 31, 1915, in Springfield, Mass., daughter of Arthur W. and Cora A. (Houghton) Mundell.

She spent her early years in Springfield and then her family moved to Saxtons River, Vt. Doris graduated from Bellows Falls (Vt.) High School in 1933.

She married Nelson John Laurence on July 17, 1935, and they had three children. She later married Russell S. Homer on Feb. 6, 1971.

Doris lived in Amherst for a few years before relocating to Milford. She was a member of the Milford Congregational Church for several years and was a Sunday School teacher.

In 1960, she moved to Plymouth, transferring her membership to the Plymouth Congregational Church. She was a former member, past president and treasurer of the Pemigewasset Woman's Club, Cemetery Committee, Diabetes Support Group, chairman of the Cerebral Palsy Association and the American Red Cross, all of Plymouth. She moved to Concord in 1992 to be closer to her son.

Doris worked several years as a bookkeeper at the Merrimack Farmers and later for Melendy Tree Service of Milford. She had also been employed for several years as a bookkeeper for the Fred Speed Oil Co., which she later co-owned.

Doris was a member and a past matron of Puritan Chapter OES No. 29 of Milford and was a member of Sawhegenit Chapter OES No. 52 of Bristol. She was a former Mother Adviser of the Rainbow Girls Club of Milford for five years and former Adviser of Custos Morum Theta Rho Girls Club of Milford for three years.

An active member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Doris was a member for 77 years. A member of Enterprise Rebekah Lodge No. 46 of Bristol, Ladies Encampment Auxiliaries Jurisdictional Lodge, Auxiliary to Franklin Canton No. 15 of Concord. She was a member and past president of the Rebekah Assembly of New Hampshire from 1994 to 1995, treasurer emeritus, past representative of International, past president of the Department Association, Ladies Auxiliary Patriarchs Militant from 1964 to 1965, and former treasurer. She was a recipient of the Decoration of Chivalry, awarded for work within and outside of the order.

Her first husband, N. John Laurence, died April 2, 1957, and Russell S. Homer died Oct. 13, 1990. She was also predeceased by her brother, Kenneth A. Mundell; her stepmother, Gladys (Proctor) Mundell; a granddaughter, Carolyn A. (Parry) Reichel and a son-in-law, Victor Parry.

Doris will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by two sons, Donald E. and Judi Laurence of Putnam Valley, N.Y.; James A. Laurence of Concord; a daughter, Barbara J. (Laurence) (Patten) Parry of Milford; a stepdaughter, Janice R. (Homer) Waugh of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, Edward E. and Andrea Patten Jr. of Belvedere, Calif., Laurence J. and Marjorie Patten Sr. of Daytona, Fla., Victor H. and Janie Parry of Manchester, David and Robbe Parry of Redondo Beach, Calif., Aaron and Denise Laurence of Pearland, Texas, Donna Laurence and her partner, Stacey Scarcella, of Fridley, Minn., Melinda Laurence of Alvin, Texas, Whitney (Waugh) and Kevin Warren, Wendy (Waugh) and Ralph Krause, all of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Weston J. Waugh of Palm Harbor, Fla.; 18 great-grandchildren; a niece, Janet (Mundell) Martin of Grafton, Vt.; a sister-in-law and dear friend, Elva (Lawrence) Rice of Saxtons River, Vt.; and a brother-in-law, Hilton "Barney" Homer of Laconia.

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SERVICES: A visiting hour is Thursday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., in Milford. A Rebekah service will be conducted at 1:15 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Milford.

Memorial donations may be made to Presidential Oaks, 200 Pleasant St., Concord 03301 or to Concord Hospice Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord. For more information, go to smith-heald.com.
Published in Union Leader on Sept. 6, 2011
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