Doris Ann Lyons, 78
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PORTLAND - Doris Ann (Schumacher) Lyons, 78, of Portland died unexpectedly on April 24, 2014. She was born in Portland on June 2, 1935 to the late Harold S. Schumacher and Isabelle F. Marston Schumacher. A lifelong resident of Portland, Doris graduated from Portland High School in 1953. She worked for Verizon Telephone Company for 28 years before retiring in 1994. Doris was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America-Jasper N. Keller Chapter No. 33. She then began a second career at L.L.Bean, working at the Northport Call Center, where she worked for another 20 years. Doris was also a 28-year breast cancer survivor and a strong advocate for the cause.
A devout Catholic, she was a longtime communicant of St. Pius X Church in Portland, and to the great honor of her family, became a Eucharistic Minister. Her devotion to her faith and the church was her source of strength, and she was a guiding light to her family.
Doris devoted her life to her family with unconditional love and support. She became the matriarch of her family, always ready to support her two daughters and their families. Lovingly referred to as Grammy Lyons, her five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren were continually blessed with her presence. She took great joy in traveling throughout the state and the country sharing each milestone in their lives.
Extended family members also played a significant role in her life. Her cousins, aunts, and uncles all found a special place in her heart. She held dear the fun memories of yearly trips to Samoset.
Doris was a loyal friend to many throughout the years. She found great delight in these strong, lifelong bonds. She enjoyed bus trips, plays, dinners, and the tremendous gift that comes from a lifetime of caring relationships.
Doris is survived by her two daughters, Susan A. and husband Michael Curato of Cumberland, and Sally A. and husband Donald Prokey of East Waterboro; five grandchildren, Dr. John J. Lowery, Jr. and wife, Alexandra, Dr. Jennifer L. Guerriero and husband Jason, Nicholas J. Curato and wife Christina, Emily Curato, and Matthew Prokey; and three great-grandchildren, Madeline Lowery, Annalise Lowery, and Gabriella Guerriero. She is also survived by several cousins.
Per Doris' request, there will be no funeral home visiting hours. A Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Susan and Michael Curato on Tuesday, April 29th from 4-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland. Interment will follow at Forest City Cemetery in South Portland. Arrangements are by Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, Portland.
In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to:
St. Pius X Church or to
Doris Ann Lyons
Jones, Rich & Hutchins
Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2014