Doreen M. Gammons
November 14, 1929 – August 9, 2018
Doreen Gammons, age 88, of Killingworth, died at Middlesex Memorial Hospital surrounded by family on Thursday August 9, 2018.
Born November 14, 1929 in Poughkeepsie, NY to Vera and William Clark, she attended Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA, Penn Hall Junior College in Chambersburg, PA, and was a graduate of Wells College Aurora, NY. She received a master’s degree from Syracuse University. On June 12th, 1954 Doreen was given away by her beloved step-father Arnold Hanchett and married the love of her life, James Gammons in Syracuse, NY. They later traveled all over the world together.
Doreen taught elementary school for many years. Doreen was an accomplished oil painter, and taught decorative painting for many, many years. She was active in local painting groups and taught decorative painting in her home studio for over 35 years. She enjoyed her painting and students so much, many of her students became close friends that she treasured. She loved hosting her annual holiday open house for friends and students. Doreen will be especially remembered for her kindness, patience and sense of humor!
Survivors include her daughters Karen (Stuart) Thomas of Saratoga Springs NY, Connie (Ron) Harris of Killingworth, Granddaughter Amanda Thomas of Saratoga Springs NY, step brother James C. Hanchett of New York City. Doreen was pre-deceased in 1992 by her husband James, and her step sister Effie Hanchett.
Calling hours will be held Friday August 17th from 6-8PM at Swan Funeral Home, 80 E Main St. Clinton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1030am on Saturday August 18th at St. Mary’s Church, 54 Grove St. Clinton, CT. Following the mass, the burial will be at Beaver Brook Cemetery, RT 145 Clinton. The family wishes to thank all those who cared for her and touched her life.
- Calling Hours Friday, August 17, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, August 18, 2018
Doreen M. Gammons
August 17, 2018
Connie and Karen,
My heart goes out to you both. Your mom was a very special woman. You were blessed to have shared so many wonderful years together. May all the memories you have comfort you now and in the days to come. I will always remember how kind and generous she was to me. A beautiful woman inside and out. I will cherish my cardinal painting she gave me just because I told her it was my favorite! God bless and rest in peace "Momma" loved you loads
Deborah (Leissner) Anderson
August 14, 2018
Karen: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. May the memories of your mother bring you peace, joy, and love.