1923 – 2012
Thompson, CT — Doris M. (Ducharme) Jewell, 88, died Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Day Kimball Hospital after a short illness. Formerly of Mechanicsville, she had been a resident of Pierce Memorial Baptist Home in Brooklyn for over ten years.
Doris was born in North Grosvenordale, daughter of the late Joseph and Armenie (Daviau) Ducharme. On October 25, 1941, Doris was united in marriage to Stephen H. Jewell, Jr. Doris and Herbert had many happy years together until his death in 1977.
Doris attended St. Joseph School and Tourtellotte Memorial High School in North Grosvenordale. After completion of her education, she worked in various locations in the textile industry for many years. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 10088 in Quinebaug, as well as the Thompson Senior Citizens. During her time at Pierce, she enjoyed creating handiwork with her friends in the Shawl Ministry. In years past, she belonged to the Royal Travelers and volunteered for RSVP.
Doris will be sadly missed by her three daughters and their families. She leaves behind daughters Jane Ellison of Thompson, Joyce Cormier and her husband Albert of Putnam, and Sandra LaBonte and her husband Lawrence of Thompson; her grandchildren Eric Ellison and his wife Monica of Tolland, Erica Groh and her husband Lawrence of Thompson, Carolyn Riendeau and her husband Christopher of Putnam, Amanda Bernat and her husband James of Shrewsbury, MA, Jennifer O’Connor and her husband Rick of Naugatuck, Jeffrey LaBonte of Thompson, and Jared LaBonte and his girlfriend Mandy Shenko of Thompson; her great-grandchildren Benjamin Ellison, Corey Groh, Alexandria Groh, Marcus Riendeau, Paige O’Connor, and Winter O’Connor. Doris is also survived by her brother Andrew Ducharme and his wife Anita of Thompson; sister-in-law Mary Jewell of Putnam; brother-in-law Marvin Jewell of Mechanicsville; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Doris was predeceased by her brothers Philip, Wilfred, Donat, Ernest, and Edward Ducharme, and her sisters Jeannette DuBois and Yvette Ducharme, as well as her son-in-law Paul Ellison.
Doris created beautiful knitted and crocheted items, most of which she gave to family, friends, and charity. From her childhood days in North Grosvenordale, to her years at Pierce, Doris opened her heart to all she met. She had a sincere love of people and an interest in their lives. She had a special quality of making those around her feel valued. Her kindness and laughter uplifted spirits when times were sad. She treasured her family and friends, and was especially appreciative of the loving care she received from the staff and residents at Pierce.
At the request of Doris, all services will be private. “I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done (from AfterGlow – anonymous).” In honor of Doris, take a moment to make someone smile.
Gilman Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. For memorial guestbook, visit http://www.GilmanAndValade.com.