Doris M. (Ouellette) King

November 24, 2016

Doris M. (Ouellette) King

DORIS M. (OUELLETTE) KING in Woburn, formerly of Arlington, November 24th. The beloved wife of the late John King she was seventy eight years of age. Devoted mother of Therese A. King, Michael P. King, his wife Susan, Michelle H. Mucci, her husband John, and Brian S. King, his wife Deborah, all of Woburn, Stephen W. King,his wife Juliet of Fairfax, VT. Dear sister of the late Raymond, Albert and Lenny Ouellette.Loving “Memere” of five awesome granddaughters, Alexis N. King, Emily E. Mucci, Allison D. King, Madeline M. King, and Cordelia M. King. She was the cherished aunt of Jane Healy of Arlington and sister-in-law of Regina King of Carver. She had many other loving nieces, nephews, cousins and sisters-in-law. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, November 29th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road Street, Woburn at 10:00 Calling hours will be held on Monday, Nov 28th from 3-7 PM. Remembrances may be made in Doris’ memory to St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA 01801, St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110 or St Jude’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 .

OBITUARY:

Doris M. (Ouellette) King passed away at the Abjerona Nursing Center after a brief illness, Thursday morning November 24th. The beloved wife of the late John J. King, she was 78 years of age (but forever 39).

Born in Arlington, Doris was the beloved daughter of the late Alfred A. and Cora M. (Letendre) Ouellette. She was raised in Arlington, the youngest of four with three older brothers. Doris graduated from Arlington High School as a part of the Class of 1956. Following high school, she began working for the telephone company, which was a position she held over the years, eventually retiring in the early 1990’s. She was a lifelong member of the Telephone Pioneers.

In the late fifties, Doris and some friends attended a gathering in New Hampshire where she met her future husband. When he first saw Doris, John King told his friend that she was the woman he was going to marry. In 1961, they were married and enjoyed 43 years together. After living in Arlington for a short time, the Kings moved to Woburn where they raised their five children and enjoyed visits from their grandchildren. Saturday lunches were a regular event.

Doris’ family extended to family pets, including puppies, kitties, ferrets, fish, hermit crabs, hamsters, and once a scorpion as well. Doris had her own very special cats and she loved her outdoor animal friends, always watching for the wild turkeys, deer, bunnies, and especially birds (chickadees, cardinals, and goldfinches) in her yard.

Doris loved to cook. She rarely used a recipe or followed one too closely as she had done so much cooking over the years (and had watched so many cooking shows) that she just knew what to do. There are many foods that Doris made that her family enjoyed, such as Back to School Muffins, ham and cheese loaf, and especially her biscuits. Her children and grandchildren have learned to enjoy cooking from her. Doris also enjoyed sewing, creating many different items, including clothing, hats, and much loved “Memere” blankets for her granddaughters.

Doris loved to be outside when the weather was nice. She would care for her plants, often telling her children and grandchildren about them: what they were, where they came from, whether they could eat them (and if so, how to cook them). She loved to sit with her granddaughters on her bench swing in the back yard and sing songs with them. One of her favorites was Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.

Doris had big, warm hugs and lots of love to share. She developed many friendships over the years. Recently, she enjoyed her time at the YMCA swimming and participating in yoga with friends. Doris attended Mass weekly and participated at St. Barbara’s Parish.

Most of all, she will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her exuberant laugh. Doris laughed freely and often, and her laugh was contagious. You couldn’t help but laugh along with her. Doris’ signature goodbye was “Be careful!” which meant be careful, but also I love you.

In addition to her parents, Doris was predeceased by her husband John in 2005, and her brothers, Raymond, Alfred and Robert “Lenny” Ouellette.

Doris is survived by her devoted children Therese A. King, Michael P. King and his wife Susan, Michelle H. Mucci and her husband John, and Brian S. King and his wife Deborah, all of Woburn, and Stephen W. King and his wife Juliet of Fairfax, VT. Loving “Memere” of five awesome granddaughters, Alexis N. King, Emily E. Mucci, Allison D. King, Madeline M. King, and Cordelia M. King. She was the cherished aunt of Jane Healy of Arlington and sister-in-law of Regina King of Carver. She had many other loving nieces, nephews, cousins and sisters-in-law. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, November 29th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road Street, Woburn at 10:00 Calling hours will be held on Monday Nov 28th from 3-7 PM. Remembrances may be made in Doris’ memory to St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA 01801, St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110 or St Jude’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 .

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  1. We are sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, Doris.

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Rosalyn and Irene Spiegel

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