Doris E. Harris

Life Story

On Saturday, March 23, 2019 Doris E. Harris of Waterville, loving mother and Queen to her 8 children lost her battle with dementia at the age of 88 with family by her side. Doris was born December 7, 1930, in Mexico, Maine to parents Robert B. and Marion E. (Grannell) Phelps. She attended Waterville schools, graduating from Waterville High School in 1948. In August of 1952 she married David L. Harris and together raised their 8 children. For 40+ years she worked hard at the C.F. Hathaway Shirt company in Waterville. After retiring she absolutely loved her little side job working at McDonald’s Restaurants, both at Waterville Main St. and in Winslow. She loved her co-workers there and they loved her. Mom loved to drive out on the country roads and was always excited to tell us about the horses she saw in the pasture. Her trips to Foxwoods with her sister Trudy and son-in-law Jim were always a blast and oh how she loved her time at the bingo hall and Pogo games on her computer. She was also a avid fan of the Boston Celtics. Mom loved to bake and always made sure we had the birthday cake of our choice…she knew our favorites. Being at camp in the summer, sitting in nature’s beauty, listening to the sounds of children and reminiscing of current and past memories brought her joy. Our Mom spoiled us and we in return did the same. Only the best for our MaMa. Although it’s immensely difficult to say goodbye to our MaMa, we know we will see her again in Heaven. Doris was predeceased by her parents, husband David L. Harris, sister Marilyn P. Hawkins and brother Thomas P. Phelps, grandson Robert Harris, great-granddaughter Tiannah Rose Sevey, and nephews John and Tommy McCoy,  Davey Bird, and Rodney Thompson. She was also predeceased by her wonderful, loving son-in-law George R. Starkey. Doris is survived by: sons David Harris (Celeste), Dale Harris, and Danny Harris, all of Waterville; daughters Denise Ames (Darryl) of Gonic, NH, DeAnna Bennett and Donna Sevey (James) of Waterville, Dawn Starkey of Benton, and Debra Pelletier (Brian) of Auburn; sister Lois Tash (Don) of E. Holden; sisters-in-law Carol Phelps of Auburn, Elaine Wilson and Bonnie Drouin of Oakland, and Joyce Thompson of PA; and brother-in-law Byron Harris of PA.  She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces,  nephews, and friends she loved dearly. The family would also like to recognize the care, concern, and love given by our angel sister Melissa Gray, the dedicated  staff at Springbrook Long Term Care in Westbrook and Compassus Hospice.

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