DORIS M. GRUBBS

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GRUBBS DORIS McCREARY GRUBBS 1918 - 2013 Once again, Doris has gone to a place the rest of us have only read about. Doris Grubbs, world traveler and adventurer, left this world on January 18, 2013 at the age of 94. She had congestive heart failure. For 28 years prior to her retirement in 1995 she had a respected career as Benefits Manager at The Washington Post. A long-time resident of Annapolis, Doris was born in Tarpon Springs, Fl., and moved to the Washington, D.C., area in the 1930s. She was a member of The Annapolis Yacht Club and volunteered at The Clothes Box, a thrift shop that benefitted Anne Arundel Medical Center. Doris lived to travel. She visited every continent and more than 180 countries, making lasting friendships all over the world. A voracious reader with an inquisitive mind, she enjoyed a glass (or two) of fine wine, loved jewelry and adored animals. It was not unusual for her to travel to exotic locales just to see a rare monkey, bird or penguin. On a trip to Sri Lanka with the Smithsonian, she performed her jobb gathering monkey droppingsb with a smile. Other cultures and religions intrigued her. She continued to read and learn until her death. When she was in her seventies she ballooned over Africa, rode rapids in the Amazon, hiked and camped through Nepal, and went on safari in Africa. When in New York City for a brief visit (her first), she said she didn't intend to stay long, saying she would return when she was too old for "real" travel. In her eighties she traveled to Iran, Yemen, Antarctica, Senegal, Mali, Madagascar, Vietnam, China, Korea, Thailand, Burma, Greece, Turkey, Libya, Morocco, UAE, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Bhutan, India, Cuba, Russia, Egypt, Botswana, Namibia, Venezuela and Brazil. When she was 92 she rode a camel in the Middle East. Although she visited London, Paris and Rome, and owned a timeshare in London for many years, she rarely traveled to popular tourism destinations, preferring to take the road less traveled. Doris returned from her final trip in October 2012, a few days after her 94th birthday. If her health had permitted it, she would have been in Ethiopia today. Despite her diminutive stature, she was a giant of a woman and quickly became the center of attention at any gathering fortunate enough to have her presence. Bangle bracelets jingling, she loved to swap stories and add her two cents to whatever was on the table. She also loved to laugh, and she enjoyed the company of friends-old and new. She leaves behind many devoted friends, including Mary Ann Treger-Cassidy, Annapolis, Md.; Natalie Panetti Margiotta, Ashburn, VA; Kristin Falcon, Gainesville, VA; Victor Romagnoli and Alastair Smith of Tinos, Greece; her sister-in-law Virginia McCreary, Fairfax, VA; and her nephew Freddie Chaimson of Oregon. Donations may be made in her memory to the Lighthouse Shelter, 10 Hudson Street, Annapolis, MD 21401; 410-263-1835. A memorial service is being planned for the Spring. Doris Grubbs was loved and admired by many. She will be missed.

Published in The Washington Post from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2013
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