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September 19, 2012

Doris Chisholm, 92

Gloucester — Passed away peacefully at home on September 12 in the care of Hospice and her family. Doris was born on March 3, 1920 in Malden, to the late Bradford Barnard and Pearl (McInnis) Barnard. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Alfred Jackson (Jack) Chisholm.

Doris was a graduate of Everett High School and Burdett School of Business in Boston. She attended Sunday school and youth group at the First Congregational Church of Everett, it was here that she met Jack, and where they were married in 1945. After moving to Gloucester in the 1950s she became an active member of Trinity Congregational Church. She served on many of the church’s committees and - until recently - at its Cape Ann Thrift Shop. She made many close, lifelong friends at church in both Everett and Gloucester. Doris volunteered with several local organizations including the Gloucester Visitors Center, and Associated Charity, where she researched and wrote the history of the organization, which originated in the 1800s to assist widows and children on Cape Ann. She enjoyed many hobbies and was always searching for items to add to her collections. In the 70s and 80s, Doris worked for John Hancock in Gloucester where she served as office manager to the many agents in town.

She is survived by her children Stephen Chisholm and wife Jean Petryshyn, Alice Bradford and husband Peter Bradford, and Bradford Chisholm and wife Gail Smith, her grandchildren Sarah Bradford, Geoffrey Bradford, Peter Jackson Chisholm, and Rose Mei Chisholm. Also surviving her are sisters Jean Corliss of Melrose and Marjorie Butler of Georgetown and sisters-in-law Betty Chisholm of Rome, Georgia; Jane Chisholm of Beverly; Martha Holder of Virgin Gorda, BVI; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at Trinity Congregational Church UCC, 70 Middle Street, Gloucester, on Saturday, October 20 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to the English as a Second Language program at Wellspring, 302 Essex Avenue; Gloucester; to the Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle Street, Gloucester; or to the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester.

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