Doris A. Brown, 85, formerly of Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Doris A. Brown, 85, Murrells Inlet, SC, and formerly of Watertown passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at Tidelands Health Waccamaw Hospital, Murrells Inlet, SC.

Doris was born Jan. 27, 1937, in Cape Vincent, a daughter of Raymond J. and Ruth I. Bourcy Votra. She was a 1955 graduate of Cape Vincent High School and received her registered nurse degree from E. J. Myer Memorial Hospital, Buffalo, in 1958.

On Sept. 8, 1962, she married James L. Brown at St. Vincent of Paul Church, Cape Vincent. Mr. Brown, an engineer with Xerox, died Sept. 10, 2016.

Doris was a nurse manager at E. J. Myer Memorial Hospital from 1958 to 1964. The couple returned to the north country in 1977 and she began her career as a nurse manager at Mercy Hospital in 1979. In May 2000 she became a part time nursing supervisor at Samaritan Keep Home until her retirement in 2013.

She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church and a member of its Altar Rosary Society. Doris also served as a volunteer Eucharistic Minister at Samaritan Keep Home for the church. She was an avid reader and was a member of the Asbury Book Club. She enjoyed traveling, bird watching, board games, ballet, music, baking, and especially spending time with her family.

Doris is survived by her four children and their spouses, James R. and Donna Brown, Murrells Inlet, SC, Joseph A. and Meg Brown, Camillus, Mary Beth and Trever Famulare, Shippensburg, PA, and Janine M. and Donald Johnson, Watertown; eight grandchildren; two siblings, Marvin Votra, Cape Vincent, and Marilyn and Dennis Espinosa, Salina, KS; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Along with her parents, she was predeceased by three siblings, Donald Votra, Elsie Garnsey, and Rose Votra.

Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. The funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at St. Patrick’s Church. Burial in St. Vincent of Paul Cemetery, Cape Vincent, will be at her family’s convenience.

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In lieu of flowers donations in Doris’ name may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, 123 S. Massey St., Watertown, NY 13601.