1946 – 2014
Woodstock – Doris I. Houghton, 68, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Day Kimball Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born in Providence, RI, she was the daughter of the late Donald E. Van Orden, Sr. and Norma P. (Ashton) Van Orden.
Doris always worked very hard to support her family, retiring due to illness in 1990 from her position as a Cost Accountant for State Mutual Life Insurance.
She had a generous and loving heart, profoundly impacting those she knew and loved.
She enjoyed helping people and was a wellspring of good advice. She also enjoyed following politics & current events, and was always up for a lively debate.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Darlene Selig of Danielson; grandchildren, John Douglas Selig of Somerville, MA and Ian R. Selig of Danielson; brothers, Donald Van Orden, Jr. of North Scituate, RI and John Van Orden and his wife Janice of North Providence, RI; sisters, Judith Kenney and her husband J. Ryder of Narragansett, RI, Phyllis Nathanson and her husband Morris of Providence, RI, Elizabeth Van Orden of Coventry, RI, and Norma P. Desjardin and her husband Philip of Southborough, MA. She is predeceased by her daughter Kathlene M. Houghton, son Douglas R. Houghton II, son-in-law John R. Selig, and former husband Doug R. Houghton. She also leaves behind a large extended family, including step-daughters, grandchildren, and nieces & nephews.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church Street, Putnam. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family in Acotes Hill Cemetery, 1049 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.