Doris Buell
1921 - 2017
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Doris P. Buell, 95

Worcester - Doris Perry Buell was born October 23, 1921 in Syracuse, NY to George Irving Perry and Mildred Sandwick Perry. She grew up there and graduated from Central High School in 1939 as valedictorian of her class. She then attended Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences, in the class of 1943, graduating summa cum laude with a major in psychology. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi (the psychology honor society), Theta Chi Beta (the Bible honor society) and Eta Pi Upsilon (the senior women's honor society). She also served as president of the Women's Chapel Association and was a member of Delta Delta Delta social sorority.

On June 12, 1943 Doris married Elliott Lyndon Buell at the Hendricks Chapel of Syracuse University. They lived in Evanston, Illinois from 1943 to 1957, where Elliott taught mathematics at Northwestern University. Doris received an MA degree from Northwestern University in 1946 with a major in religious studies. Doris and Elliott were members of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Evanston and Doris worked for 3 years as Director of the Church School there before their children, Carolyn and Paul, were born.

In 1957 the family moved to Worcester, MA when Elliott accepted an appointment as professor of math at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Doris became a member of the Worcester chapter of the League of Women Voters and served on its board as membership chair. Doris and Elliott also became members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Worcester; both were active there in volunteer capacities and for 9 years, from 1963 to 1972, Doris also worked as Director of the All Saints Church School.

Then, beginning in 1972, after completing the course work for Mass. teacher certification at Assumption College Graduate School, Doris worked for 8 years as a special education teacher in the Worcester Public Schools, teaching elementary age children with learning disabilities in a self-contained resource room setting.

In 1980 Doris retired from public school teaching but volunteered for service to All Saints Church and its ministries in many, many roles for the next 36 years. In the 1980's, in her 60's, she served as Directress of the Altar Guild and chaired the church's Spiritual Life Commission. An accomplished seamstress, in 1985 she contributed to the celebration of the church's 150th anniversary by helping to stitch several large banners as a member of the Liturgical Arts Workshop.

In the 1990's, in her 70's, Doris served a term on the church's vestry and was a member of the search committee which called a new rector. She also served as a Lay Pastor and Co-trainer of Lay Pastors. In 1993 she began coordinating the church's biannual tea for homebound parishioners, a role she continued to fulfill for the next 22 years-until she was 93.

In 2006, at age 85, she researched the history and content of the church's stained glass windows, wrote up her research findings as a script and narrated her "guided tour" of the windows on a DVD.

Throughout their lives Doris and Elliott spent summer vacations in central New York State where they owned a cottage on Tuscarora Lake. In retirement they also enjoyed traveling and Doris found time, in addition to her volunteer church activities, to pursue her interests in gardening, bird watching, quilting and knitting.

In 1997 Elliott suffered a heart attack and Doris became his devoted caregiver for the next 18 years as his health slowly declined. In June 2013 they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at All Saints Church. They had been married 72 years when Elliott died on February 12, 2016 at age 99.

After Elliott's death Doris continued to live in her own home and to attend church at All Saints twice a week until February 22, 2017, when she died peacefully after a brief illness at age 95. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Buell Kidder and her husband, Clifford Martell of Norwood, MA and her son Paul Buell and his wife Carol Dick Buell of Reisterstown, Maryland; two granddaughters: Susanna Henkel and her husband Rick of La Vista, Nebraska and Emily Noreiga and her husband Johaness of Ellicott City, Maryland; and two great-grandchildren: Micah and Rebekah Noreiga.

Doris's funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 11th at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints Church, 10 Irving St., Worcester. Burial will take place later in a family plot in New York State. Calling hours are on Friday, March 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the All Saints Church Memorial Fund.


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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Feb. 23 to Feb. 28, 2017.
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January 15, 2018
I was so sad to read of Mrs. Buell's death. I knew something was wrong when I did not receive a holiday card-she was always early! I student taught under Mrs. Buell at West Tatnuck St School in 1976. She was the epitome of kindness and taught me how to have respect for all students. We kept in touch through exchange of holiday cards every single year and I always enjoyed reading all that she and her husband did together. When I was student teaching, she brought in a clipping of her aunt's Christmas cactus for her students and one for me. She was very surprised to learn I still have mine and it is doing well This year it bloomed beautifully as I think she is looking down upon it from heaven. I will always cherish the time I was able to work with Doris-rest in peace. Barbara
December 27, 2017
I was getting ready to send out my cards and I had to double check as my Godmother's usual UNICEF card had not come. She was consistently the first card that got us ready for the holiday season. Both she and Elloit were good friends to my parents, Jim and Sally Kauzlarich, and they shared their faith with the Episcopal church and of course, my Mom and Doris with League of Women Voters. After my parents moved to Virginia, we came back to Worcester, MA each summer and I have very fond memories of visiting the lake and the Buell family. She made a big impact and will be missed.
Susan Kauzlarich
Davis, CA
March 11, 2017
I remember how kind Doris always was to all of us, and how she generously hosted Mom and Dad, and Grandpa Dick, at the lake and in Worcester. An honorable woman.
Katherine Brosier
March 5, 2017
To the Buell Family,
We send our deepest sympathy to the family of this outstanding and accomplished woman. She was an inspiration, dearly loved by many who will be missed by those who had the good fortune to have known her.
Dawn & Ted Schorr
March 3, 2017
To Mrs. Buell's family please know that
she touched many lives. She is one of the reasons i went on to get my degree in education and to work with children.
Deb
March 3, 2017
A long life honorably lived, was Gram's. And a kinder mother-in-law a gal could rarely find! I always thought of Doris as the North Star in our family, providing a steady and guiding light to all the generations. May she now rest in a well-deserved peace.
Carol Buell
Carol Buell
February 28, 2017
To the Buell family I wish to express my very sincere and deepest sorrow for the passing of Doris. I was a student at Worcester State College in 1973 and during the summer I had the pleasure of being an instructional aide at West Tatnuck school, assigned to Mrs. Buell's room. While there, she taught me the fundamentals of teaching as well as the interpersonal relationships of working with Special Ed. students. She displayed more patience than anyone I have ever seen and taught me as well. She was a very fine lady and I have never nor will ever forget her. May she rest in peace. Ernie Dew
February 28, 2017
A wonderful obituary in Doris's memory - she was an intelligent, kind and loving woman. I send my sympathies to all of the family and I know you will have many many good memories to share in the days and months to come. joyce hokans
February 28, 2017
Mary De Bonte
February 28, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. Wednesday mornings will never be the same without her sitting in the same row as me during the Eucharist. Nor will breakfast be the same without her sweet face and heart. She is already missed.
Mary De Bonte
February 28, 2017
To the Buell Families: Doris was a close friend, mentor and co-volunteer with my Mother, Sylvia Hoogasian for so many years. They met at All Saints. Doris lived around the corner from me as well - and often times when I had to be late picking my son up from Flagg Street School, he went to Doris' house to wait for me. I never saw Doris without a smile and never heard her raise her voice. She worked on so many things with my Mom - and my Mom was grateful for her friendship. I know you will miss her - as I still miss my Mom - but oh what a glorious life Doris lived. Peace and Blessings, Marie Burison
Marie Burison
February 27, 2017
'July 2016 at the Lake
I will love you always Grandma. Susanna
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