Doris I. ‘Granny’ Clarey

Posted June 12, 2013, at 8 p.m.

BEECH HILL POND – It is with great sadness that the daughters of Doris Clarey announce her death on June 11, 2013. She was born March 4, 1925, in Hermon, daughter of Frank and Maude (Lewis) Doble.

Granny, as she was known, was educated in Hermon schools and married the love of her life, Edward Clarey. They lived together in Dunellen, N.J., where they raised their daughters. She worked for RCA for many years before her retirement. While living in New Jersey her heart was always in Maine. She, Ed and the girls came to Maine every summer and spent time at both Brewer and Lucerne Lake before buying a cottage at Beech Hill Pond. After Ed’s death in 1988, Beech Hill became her home. She truly loved being on the lake and with beloved animals. She loved listening to and watching her loons. Well into her 80s, she rode her four-wheeler down the camp road to feed food scraps to the raccoons. When she could no longer ride, she began feeding the ducks. Her ducks knew what time dinner was and gathered at her house every evening.

Surviving is her daughters, Bonnie Dubina and husband, Barry, of Connecticut and Linda Smith and companion, Mike Page, of Bucksport; grandchildren, Linda Polunas, Renee Driscoll and husband, Dan, Brenda Gronikowski and husband, Joe, and Steven Smith; two great-grandchildren, Connor and Payton Driscoll; sister, Maggie McFadden of Anniston, Ala.; and cousin, Victor Pomelow of Bucksport. Granny also leaves behind a large “Beech Hill” family who loved her dearly. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by daughter, Jean Marie; and by brother, Nelson Doble.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Bangor Humane Society, 693 B, Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor and Brewer.

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