Published DateLACONIA — Doris Barnes, 102, of Laconia, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Laconia Genesis Eldercare Center.
Born in Houlton, ME, on March 16, 1911, she was the daughter of Elbridge W. and Maude (Stevens) Carpenter. Doris was raised in Houlton and attended local schools. She went on to attend Aroostook State Normal School, in Presque Isle, ME, where she earned an associate's degree in education.
In the late 30s and early 40s she started her career as an educator in Barnstead, NH at a one-room school on Beauty Hill. She married and moved to Alton, NH, where she took a job as a teaching principal during and after WWII. She then went on to take a position as an elementary principal in Farmington, NH. Doris went on to attend Keene State College where she earned her bachelor's degree in education; throughout the 1950s she taught elementary and junior high, all subjects, in the Portland, ME area (this included several years as a math teacher at Lincoln Jr. High, in Portland). In the 60s she earned her master's degree in education from the University of Maine and took a position as a guidance counselor at Spaulding High School in Rochester, NH. Throughout the 70s and 80s she earned certification and credits in testing, administration, and reading from the University of NH, Durham, became a certified career counselor, and was a guidance counselor at Memorial Middle School in Laconia. Throughout the 1990s and on she worked at Dover High School and later in Gilford as the ISS (in school suspension coordinator).
Doris was a member of many teacher and state education associations. She served as president/charter member of the Alpha Delta Kappa for Maine. In later years she worked on the committee to create and maintain the NH State Education Awards known as the "Eddies". She was honored with an award named for her as a retired educator who continues involvement in education in New Hampshire.
She is predeceased by her former husband, Oliver W. Barnes, of Alton.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Barnes, of Laconia; two grandchildren, Beth Engle, of Laconia, Jim Engle and wife Aubrey, of Apex, NC; sister-in-law, Mrs. Priscilla Okonske, of Alton; several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Doris Barnes Scholarship Fund Alton Garden Club, PO Box 491, Alton, NH 03809
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilmanton Iron Works. The Rev. Dr. Victoria Wood Parrish, pastor of the 1st United Methodist Church of Gilford, will officiate.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Doris's Book of Memories: mayhewfuneralhomes.com