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Doris A. Brown

August 2, 2022

Doris A BrownDoris A. Brown, 85, Murrells Inlet, SC, and formerly of Watertown passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at Tidelands Health Waccamaw Hospital, Murrells Inlet, SC. 

Doris was born in Cape Vincent on January 27, 1937, daughter of Raymond J. and Ruth I. Bourcy Votra. She was a 1955 graduate of Cape Vincent High School and received her registered nurse degree from E. J. Myer Memorial Hospital, Buffalo in 1958. 

On September 8, 1962, she married James L. Brown at St. Vincent of Paul Church, Cape Vincent. Mr. Brown, an engineer with Xerox, died September 10, 2016.

Doris was a nurse manager at E. J. Myer Memorial Hospital from 1958 - 1964. The couple returned to the north country in 1977 and she began her career as a nurse manager at Mercy Hospital in 1979. In May 2000 she became a part time nursing supervisor at Samaritan Keep Home until her retirement in 2013. 

She was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church and a member of its Altar Rosary Society. Doris also served as a volunteer Eucharistic Minister at Samaritan Keep Home for the church. She was an avid reader and was a member of the Asbury Book Club. She enjoyed traveling, bird watching, board games, ballet, music, baking, and especially spending time with her family.

Doris is survived by her four children and their spouses, James R. and Donna Brown, Murrells Inlet, SC, Joseph A. and Meg Brown, Camillus, Mary Beth and Trever Famulare, Shippensburg, PA, and Janine M. and Donald Johnson, Watertown; eight grandchildren; two siblings, Marvin Votra, Cape Vincent, and Marilyn and Dennis Espinosa, Salina, KS; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by three siblings, Donald Votra, Elsie Garnsey, and Rose Votra.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Tuesday, August 16, from 4 - 7PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 17, at 10 AM at St. Patrick's Church. Burial in St. Vincent of Paul Cemetery, Cape Vincent will be at her family's convenience. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in Doris' name may be made to St. Patrick's Church, 123 S. Massey St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#8 Walter Jr Brown 2022-08-17 07:28
At a young and vulnerable age the first people we meet are aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. You were there in those first years, you made a great impression. You were sweet and fun and treated us like your own. I remember you laughing and talking in a positive and strong way. You didn’t tolerate the swarm of kids that my parents brought with them, you enjoyed it and we could see it.
Thank you Aunt Doris,
Love Bud
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#7 Richard Potter 2022-08-11 23:34
Jim, Joe and Janine, I am sorry for the loss of your mom. I always thought she was awesome. Please know your whole family is in my thoughts during this trying time. God Bless you Doris.
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#6 Heather Phillips 2022-08-10 08:20
Doris was one of the sweetest people I have ever had the honour to meet,she wasn't just a neighbor she was a loving friend we will miss her dearly,rest in peace lady you deserve it,fondly Gary,Heather Phillips and family
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#5 Korleen Gould 2022-08-09 22:52
She definitely was a wonderful lady. Always a smile and so proud of her family especially little Sarah who has become a young lady right in front of our eyes. She is with God and at peace!!! Her job here on earth is done. Sincerely Ray and Korleen.
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#4 Linda Merryman 2022-08-09 22:39
I had the pleasure of working with Doris at SKH and she was a kind and caring nurse. She will be missed. She was an angel on Earth. my sympathy to her family and friends. fly high with the angels, Doris.
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#3 Kathy Sims 2022-08-09 20:20
Doris was a true gem. She was always supportive and kind to anyone she met. I’m blessed to have known and worked with her.
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#2 Stephen Booth 2022-08-09 19:22
It has been many years but I remember well working with Doris at Mercy Hospital and socializing on a few occasions with her and Jim. She was just such a calm person that would get excited about the small victories our patients would experience. Truly an angel on earth. Looking forward to seeing you and Jim in heaven!
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#1 Lisa OBrien 2022-08-09 18:51
Doris was an amazing person so full of love and kindness. She had a positive influence on my life. Her smile was the best. Her face lit up with pride when she talked of family. I just loved her. Prayers and Love, Lisa
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