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In Memory of

Doris M. Parent

December 11, 1915 - November 26, 2016

Obituary


PORTLAND Doris M. Parent, 101, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great, great, grandmother passed November 26, 2016 in her sleep at the age of 101.

Born 1915 in Waterbury, Vermont to George and Alvina Blay, she was one of four children. She was married to Joseph R. Parent for 65 years.

Members of the Greatest Generation, she and dad were an example for us all with hard work, strong values and a "can do" attitude. While dad served in WWII, she was home with three children managing with rations and a victory...

PORTLAND Doris M. Parent, 101, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great, great, grandmother passed November 26, 2016 in her sleep at the age of 101.

Born 1915 in Waterbury, Vermont to George and Alvina Blay, she was one of four children. She was married to Joseph R. Parent for 65 years.

Members of the Greatest Generation, she and dad were an example for us all with hard work, strong values and a "can do" attitude. While dad served in WWII, she was home with three children managing with rations and a victory garden. When dad returned, she went to work at WT Grant, then at Holmes Stickney Shoe Factory on Lowell St. for 20 years.

When she tired of the long walk to the bus stop every day and then the bus commute to work, she learned to drive dad's 1948 pickup truck and she drove until she was 98.

While at the shoe factory a new concept of the credit union evolved. In addition to her piecework, she became involved. When the credit union moved offsite, she moved with it and continued for another 20 years with the Maine Credit Union League and the Osteopathic Credit Union.

She was a member and officer in the Forest City Ladies Club, Alex Ferguson Chapter and a President in the Good Sam's Chapter of Headlight Sams.

In retirement mom and dad enjoyed traveling and camping in their motor home. They joined the Good Sam Club and went on many trips and jamborees with the club, including a trip west to Montana and spent many winters in Florida. When traveling became difficult they stayed in Bay Harbor Island, Florida then bought a home in Dundee, Florida delighting in their surroundings and the community activities.

When dad's Parkinson's progressed she was by his side daily for his four years at St. Joseph's Manor setting an example to us all as we watched her selfless devotion. After dad's passing she became a volunteer at St. Joseph's Manor for the next 15 years.

In her 80's she discovered line dancing and joined Struttin Country Steppers giving demonstrations throughout the community's nursing homes. She also learned to sing and joined the St. Patrick's church choir in Portland. She enjoyed her volunteering and singing well into her nineties.

During that time she traveled to Costa Rica and Italy with her son and daughter-in-law, Shirley, and enjoyed many summer weekends with them at their camp in Madison, New Hampshire.

She always put family first and never stopped doing for the people she loved. She sewed quilts, knit sweaters and crocheted afghans for all her children and grandchildren. Every Christmas there were mittens for all the grandchildren and great grandchildren in their school colors.

She was happiest when doing for others. Her zucchini bread was excellent. Not only did she bake, she delivered! No one was ever left out, what she did for one she did for all.

Throughout her life she has been an inspiration and dear friend to all. To know her was to love her; family and friends all. She will be sorely missed but has passed on a legacy to all her family of the meaning of love, caring, giving and fairness.

The love that comes from a Mother's heart lives in the hearts of her children forever. She is survived by her daughter Elaine Toher and husband Frederick, sons Robert Parent and wife Barbara and Joseph Parent and wife Shirley. Grandchildren Vickie Wilson, Robert Parent Jr. and wife Sue, James Parent and wife Sue Berry, Charles Solesky and wife Marci Moreau, Joseph Parent and wife Jackie, Teri Parent, Christopher Parent and partner Michelle Mitchell. Great-grandchildren Charles Wilson and partner Chelsea Wagner, Whitney Wilson, Blake Wilson, Andrew Parent, Eric Parent, Robert Parent, III, Natalie Parent, Joseph Parent III and partner Samantha Gifford, Andrea Cobb and her husband Dennis and a great, great granddaughter Gwendolyn Mae Cobb (she got a quilt too!)

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Scarborough Terrace for their extraordinary care, kindness, compassion and affection. They treated her like she was their own. Again, we thank you.

Services will be private at a later date.

On-line condolences can be given to the family by visiting www.jonesrichandhhutchins.com.