ROANOKE – Eileen “Lee” T. Ambrose Dougherty, 83, died July 31, 2012, at Emeritus of Roanoke. Lee was born June 24, 1929, and raised in Bangor.
She was a 1951 graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in education, and became a physical education teacher. Lee was a loving mother and wife, raising four children with her husband, William “Bill” Dougherty, to whom she was married for 31 years. They lived in Salem, Mass., Erie, Pa., and Schenectady, N.Y., before finally settling in Roanoke, Va., in 1974. She also taught swimming, was an avid golfer and bridge player, and volunteered more than 10,000 hours at Lewis Gale Medical Center during a period of 26 years. Lee was a devoted communicant of Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church.
Lee was predeceased by her husband, William Dougherty; parents, James R. and Helen Ambrose; sister and brother-in-law, Ellen Jean and Ira Scanlin; brothers, William and Thomas Ambrose; brothers-in-law, Bob Chaplin and Betty, and John Brimmer and Lucille. She is survived by her brother, James and his wife, Virginia Ambrose; sister, Betty Chaplin; sisters-in-law, Joan Ambrose and William, and Lucille Dougherty Brimmer and John; brother-in-law, Hugh “Sonny” and his wife, Zulene Dougherty; and her four children and their spouses, Cathy and Hal Brown, Carol Piccolo, Jim and Cathy Dougherty and Steve and Marcia Dougherty. Lee is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Tom and wife, Caryn, Mike, Jeff and Chelsea Brown, Jessica, Matthew and Andrew Piccolo, Jennifer, Thomas and Nicholas Dougherty; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Lee’s family acknowledges and thanks the staffs of Emeritus of Roanoke, Va., Lewis Gale Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
The family will be happy to receive visitors 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Oakey’s South Chapel, Brampleton Avenue, Roanoke, Va. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church, preceded by an hour of visitation. The Rev. Msgr. Joseph Lehman will officiate. Interment will be afterward at St. Andrew’s Diocesan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Oakey’s South Chapel.