Doris Poitras Obituary, Death -Doris (Vincent) Poitras, 83, of Hooksett, died after a long illness on November 13, 2022, at Catholic Medical Center. She was born on March 19, 1939 in Goffstown to Andrew and Therese (Gilbert) Vincent. She attended St. Marie High School in Manchester and spent the majority of her life in Manchester and Hooksett.
Doris’ life was full of obstacles, but she always managed to overcome them. After her parents became ill, she and her sister were placed in an orphanage for a month. She was gifted with colors and crafts. She won awards at the city’s playgrounds in the annual Doll and Doll Carriage Parade competitions. Her childhood strength served her well throughout her life. She faced each challenge with poise and tenacity, and her health issues never got the best of her.
She used to work in shoe stores in Derry, Manchester, and Pittsfield when she was younger. One of her first jobs was working alongside her father at the Fleischer Shoe Mill in Manchester. In 1957, she married Leo Poitras Jr. at Ste. St. Marie’s Church. Norman, their son, was born in 1969. Doris dedicated herself to being a full-time mother and housewife, lavishing Norm with her time, faith, and love.
Doris spent many years working at The Commodities Market in Hooksett before assisting Norman in opening the Casual Cape in Moultonborough. She grew an extended family in the Lakes Region through the relationships she formed with customers over the years. She liked going out to breakfast with Leo, Norman, and Vera, as well as taking bus trips to Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos. Her faith kept her going, but so did shopping, antique hunting, and crocheting.
Doris was asked what she wanted to say to her friends and family who had been praying for her on her 43rd day in the hospital. “I adore them all,” she said, raspy but firm in her voice.Her parents died before her, as did her 64-year-old husband, Leo Poitras, Jr., and three siblings, Lucille Gibson, Jerry Vincent, and Norman Vincent.
Doris is survived by her son, Norman Poitras of Moultonborough, and his wife, Chia-Chi “Vera” Lee; a sister, Rita LaBrie of Manchester; and a close cousin, Sr. Yvonne Gilbert of the Manchester Sisters of the Precious Blood, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester, is in charge of the arrangements. On Monday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m., Ste. Marie Church, 378 Notre Dame Avenue in Manchester, will hold a Mass of Christian Burial. Committal prayers will be held at Mt. Calvary Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Rd., Manchester. Donations to a charity of one’s choice may be made in Doris’ memory in lieu of flowers.