Claudette Gauvreau Doran - age: 89
(April 23, 1930 to March 13, 2020
Arrangements are in the care of Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main Street, Saco.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Valley Cottage Library, 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage, New York 10989; to the Dyer Library Association, 371 Main Street, Saco, Maine 04072, or to Friends of the Beaufort Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, South Carolina 29902.
Claudette Christine (Gauvreau) Doran, 89, of Kennebunk, Maine, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2020 at her home in Huntington Common in Kennebunk. She was surrounded by family when she died.
Claudie, as she was known, was born in Lewiston, Maine, on April 23, 1930. She was the youngest child of Horace Louis Gauvreau and Marie Louise (Lebel) Gauvreau. She graduated from Lewiston High School and subsequently attended the College of New Rochelle (N.Y.). While away at college, she met her future husband and the love of her life, Charles Joseph (“Chuck”) Doran. After marrying Chuck, she lived and raised her family in Hartsdale and Valley Cottage, New York.
While Chuck was busy running the family business, Claudie was busy raising children. When her children were all in school, she went to work at the Valley Cottage Library, starting out as a clerk at the front desk and rising to the position of Director of Programs. After many years, she and Chuck retired to Kinney Shores in Saco, Maine, and Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Claudie loved being around people and made friends wherever she went. She was a great conversationalist and had a wonderful wit and sense of humor. She was interested and engaged in everything around her, and took great delight in art, music and ideas. She was an avid reader and devoured books right up until her last days. “What have you been reading?” was a favorite phrase, inevitably followed by a book recommendation. She also was a skilled pianist and loved classical music. Much to the delight of her husband, children and grandchildren, she was passionately interested in food and cooking, and became a self-taught gourmet cook. Her talents and interests also included flower arranging, knitting, bridge, golf, bowling, tennis and, in her later years, croquet with Chuck and friends in Sun City.
Most of all, she loved being with family and friends. She was a kind, generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, and took great pleasure in watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. She will be dearly missed by family, friends and all others who were lucky enough to know her sweet and gentle heart.
She is survived by her daughter Christine Marie Doran of Delmar, New York; son Charles Edward Doran and daughter-in-law Christie Shaw-Doran of Franconia, New Hampshire; and daughter-in-law Catherine Greene of Central Nyack, New York. Other survivors include grandchildren Adam Shaw-Doran, Cameron Shaw-Doran, Alexandra Jay, Manisha Doran, Leonard White, Madeline Wade and Rebecca White, as well as twelve great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Charles Joseph Doran; her sons Peter Thomas Doran and Matthew Paul Doran; her son-in-law Paul Rolf White, and her sister Anita McCauley and brother Norman Gauvreau.
Claudie’s family cannot offer enough thanks to the staff at Huntington Common in Kennebunk for the attentive, loving and kind care they gave her over the past few years. Her family also thanks the staff at Southern Maine Health Center in Biddeford; St. Andre Health Care Facility in Biddeford, and Northern Lights Hospice for all the excellent care she received in her last month of life.