Doris A. Blood


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Amesbury, MA - It is with deep, and heavy sadness that we announce the death of our mother, Doris A. Blood, 90 of Amesbury, who passed away peacefully on June 1, 2019 at the Merrimack Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in Amesbury, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Doris was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts to the late Albert and Rosanna (LaGasse) Riopel of Amesbury. Her childhood was spent at Lake Attitash and Albion St with her siblings.
Doris attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Amesbury High School in 1947. After graduation she attended Burdett School of business and after graduation she continued to work at her family business, Brochus's Market. During this time Doris volunteered with the Red Cross at Amesbury Hospital. Later in life Doris was encouraged to return to secure her nursing license by her lifelong friend Delores Thompson, and attended Haverhill Trade School graduating in 1972.
Doris continued her career at Amesbury Hospital as a LPN and working in the Emergency Room. She truly enjoyed being a nurse and providing care to those in need. When Amesbury Hospital closed, Doris escorted the last patient to Anna Jacques Hospital.
Doris was predeceased by her husband, Francis J Blood who passed in August of 2017 after 64 years of marriage. She leaves behind her daughters Rosemary Blood-Benjamin and her husband Michael Benjamin of East Kingston, New Hampshire, and Maureen (Blood) Miller and her husband David Miller of Amesbury, Massachusetts. She also leaves behind her grandson Jay Benjamin of Portsmouth, N.H. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Rita Osborn and her husband Russell Osborn formerly of Newbury, Massachusetts with whom she was close sharing many memories. She shared a special closeness with their children Kevin Osborn and his wife Ann-Catherine of Arlington, Virginia, Brian Osborn and his wife Tierri of Napa Valley, California, Mary-Anne Pesci and her husband, Nello-John of Cottonwood Heights, Utah and Erik Osborn of Seattle, Wash.
She was also predeceased by Albert and Claire Riopel of Amesbury, Francis and Jeannine Riopel of Amesbury, and lrene and Ernie Desrosiers formerly of Greenville, S.C.
She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Amesbury, Massachusetts and was a member of the Mothers Club, She was formally a Brownie Troop Leader and was a member of the Elizabeth Whitter and Whittier Club. She also volunteered at the Neighbors Table.
Her greatest love was her husband, Francis, whom she met in high school and he often told the story story that I knew that your mother was interested in me when she would walk from Brochus's Market to the post office to buy one stamp at a time. They were always together and were great role models for their children as spouses and parents. After Doris became ill with Alzheimer s and she was placed, Francis would visit her twice a day bringing yellow roses weekly. We would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the staff at the Merrimack Valley Rehabilitation who cared for Doris through the years.
Calling hours will be Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the EV Jutras Funeral Home in Amesbury, Massachusetts followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church and burial at Union Cemetery in Amesbury. In lieu of flowers the family requests any donation be sent to the Vincent De Paul Society at the Holy Family Parish in Amesbury.
Published on June 14, 2019
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Peter and Alicia Moore
Jun 22, 2019
Rosemary and Maureen, Mike and David, and Jay
What a long journey for all of you. May you take peace in knowing what a wonderful family all of you were, how many lives Francis and Doris touched, and that she now lays in the Palm of God's Hand. Love you
Peggy Knapp Wise and Cecilia Maloney
Jun 17, 2019
Rosemary and Maureen, sending our sympathy to both of you and your families. Your mother was a very gracious, caring, and loving woman. We remember her fondly, just living up the street from you.
Pat Fuller
Jun 15, 2019
Rosemary, Mike and Jay I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts are with you .❤
Deb & Dave Park
Jun 15, 2019
Dave and I are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and Prayers. (((Hugs)))
Maggie Lucey LeBlanc
Jun 15, 2019
Your Mom was a wonderful person and nurse. My Mom Evelyn Lucey was her Big sister at Haverhill Trade. She was one year ahead. They also worked together at Amesbury Hospital. She touched many hearts!
Carole and Charlie Smart
Jun 15, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. She was such an amazing woman and nurse, so caring and compassionate!
Ray and Lucille Cynewski
Jun 14, 2019
We have many fond memories of Francis and Doris over many years....they attended our wedding in 1961. We are so sorry for your loss. Lucille & Ray Cynewski
Bill & Laureen Brown
Jun 14, 2019
So many fond memories of Doris & Francis. She was beautiful in & out. She had a great smile & laugh! They loved their 2 beautiful daughters. So sorry for your loss .
Cathy Vichill
Jun 14, 2019
My memories of Doris will always be fond. We had many laughs at the old Amesbury Hospital. Doris Always wore an impeccably starched uniform and a smile..I can still smell her “White Shoulders” perfume, this was a tell tale sign she was on duty...(Along with the lack of peanut butter crackers left in the break room that I think she lived on! Lol)
She was a very caring and compassionate nurse, and deserved every bit of care that was provided to her. My condolences to her girls and family ... May she Rest In Peace.
Jun 13, 2019