Doris Ferguson Regan
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Doris Ferguson Regan, 87, born Feb. 2, 1922, died peacefully with her family at her side at Concord Hospital on April 5, 2009. She led a rich and rewarding life and became intimate friends immediately with every person she met.
Born in West Thornton, N.H., Doris moved to the Atlantic Heights neighborhood in Portsmouth when she was in grammar school. She was president of her 1940 class of Portsmouth High School. Doris received her bachelor of science degree from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 1944 and her R.N. from Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, N.H. Shortly after college graduation she married her high school sweetheart, football captain Cornelius Jeremiah Regan.
Doris worked as a nurse all her life, taking care of people by using a blend of physiology and psychology. She was a pediatric and industrial nurse. However, her greatest legacy was being the head nurse for Portsmouth High School for 26 years. In counseling teenagers she earned a place in the hearts of almost every family in the seacoast area.
A lifelong learner, Doris continued her education with courses from Yale University, UNH and Dartmouth. She was the first educator in New England to introduce a sex curriculum to high schools. Elements of this curriculum are still in use. When she retired the city of Portsmouth held a ticker tape parade, plastering the town with signs that read TD (“Thanks, Doris”). She was Portsmouth’s Citizen of the Year in 1985.
She sat on several local and statewide boards. Her deep and abiding love for humanity was shown in every act she ever did. After retiring, Doris rejoiced in grandchildren, traveling and friendships. Doris was predeceased by her husband Cornelius “Brud” Regan; her mother, Amy Louise Ferguson; and her beloved sister, Mae Ferguson Ripley. She leaves her brother, Thomas Ferguson of Bow Lake, N.H., and her children and their spouses: Thomas and Edith Regan of Seabrook, N.H., Frank and Candace Burkle of Weybridge, and John and Marcia Regan of Concord, N.H. She leaves her grandchildren, Caleb and Jocelyn “Scout” Burkle, Sarah Regan, and Katherine and Michael Regan. She also leaves many treasured nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, April 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Farrell Funeral Home at 684 State Street in Portsmouth. The funeral service will be held on Monday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at the North Church Parish House at 355 Spinney Rd. in Portsmouth. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Alfred Arley Cram
FLORENCE — Alfred Arley Cram, 60, of Florence died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the Rutland Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Middlebury on July 21, 1948. He was the son of Edward and Maleita (Stone) Cram. He grew up in Leicester and Brandon where he received his early education. He graduated from Rutland High School.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1968 and served in Korea. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Vermont and worked at Omya in Florence. He later worked at Rutland Plywood and Polymers Plastics in East Middlebury. He worked as a machine operator at General Electric for over 10 years. He was employed as a machine operator at New England Woodcraft for the last 10 years.
Family says he enjoyed woodworking and fishing and was an avid automobile enthusiast. He was a former member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his mother, Maleita Cram of Brandon; his son, Alfred “A.J.” Cram of Seattle, Wash.; his daughter, Jerilyn Langsdon of Forest Dale; his fiancée, Gladys Warner of Florence and her daughter, BaDawna Warner of Rutland; two brothers, John Cram of Brandon and Edwin Cram of Salisbury; six sisters, Jane Hutchins of Forestdale, Janet Bombard and Judy Martin, both of Brandon, Kathy Clark of Proctor, Nora Rochon of Brandon and Diane Gee of Proctor; two grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father, Edward; and two sisters, Sheryl Thomas and Wilma Euber.
The funeral service was held Friday, April 10, at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. John McDonald, pastor of the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church, officiated. A private committal service and burial will take place, at a later date.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Community Cancer Center at Rutland Hospital, 160 Allen St., Rutland, VT 05701.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.