Doris M. (Elliott) Brown of Beverly, formerly of Georgetown, Hamilton, MA and North Branford, CT died peacefully on Friday, March 26, just two weeks shy of her 91st birthday, at the Deutsches Altenheim in West Roxbury where she has been living for the past four years.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Mildred Elliott and her sister Marion Chase. She is survived by her siblings Clifton, Clayton, Jean (Cook), Leon and David Elliott. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Calvin Brown. Doris leaves behind her devoted children Pamela (Markowsky), Susan Brown, Dorothy Baum and her husband Paul, Anne Brown and her husband Lawrence Zaborski, and daughter-in-law Lisa Brown. She was preceded in death by her son James and sons-in-law Alexander Markowsky and James Guikema. She leaves six grandchildren, Peter and his wife Kate Markowsky, Eric Markowsky and his wife Katie Fulton, Elizabeth Brown and her husband Dennis Valovcin, Jack Brown, Grace Zaborski, Benjamin Zaborski and great-grandchildren Alexa, William, Marjorie and Eleanor Markowsky. She will also be missed by many nieces, nephews and members of her loving extended family.
Doris graduated Bradford Junior College with an Associate’s Degree. She worked as a seamstress at Madame Cody’s Dress Shop where she was hired on the spot for her fine stitchwork. This led to a lifelong passion for constructing original garments including her own wedding gown and those for three of her daughters. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Hamilton and volunteered at the Hamilton Library and the Wenham Museum. After caring for her ailing mother in Georgetown, she joined her husband Cal as he pursued his dream of living on a boat which she enjoyed most when in port. They traveled the Intracoastal Waterways from Boston to Florida for several years, settling down in Beverly, MA in 1997. She enjoyed baking, making puzzles, teaching knitting and sewing and visiting her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a kind, loving and accepting individual who will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
There will be no services at this time. In lieu of flowers please keep the family in your thoughts. Doris’ ashes will be interred at Belleville Cemetery in Newburyport, MA next to those of her husband. A celebration of Doris’ life will be held at a later date.