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Doris Caroline (Archambault) Herrick, 91, of Williamsburg died peacefully at home on Friday, December 11, 2015.
Doris was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 10, 1924, the first of nine children. She remained in Haverhill until July, 2005 when she moved to her own home in Williamsburg to be close to her daughter.
Doris worked in various capacities during her life, most notably as an administrative assistant in the Haverhill Water Department from which she retired in February 1989 after more than 20 years of service.
Doris was most content when creating. She was an expert seamstress who created suits, prom gowns, and designer clothing. She understood the concepts of style and always dressed smartly.
Known as the master baker of her large family, everyone awaited her special occasion cakes, cookies, and pies. Doris loved nature and she pursued her gardening, wildflower and birding passions until this past fall.
As a regular member of the Respite Care Center at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church for the past three years, Doris discovered her talent for painting, creating many memorable works. Doris was able to continue many of her creative activities during her last three years because of the devoted attention and skilled care of her caregivers, Christy Findley of San Antonio, Texas, Rachel Radel of New York City, Roxanne Dixon and Shannon Lee of Williamsburg, Virginia. She cared deeply for all of them.
Doris is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth (Buddy) Herrick. She is survived by her daughter, Ann (Herrick) Hewitt and son-in-law, William Hewitt of Williamsburg, Virginia; her sister Leona Varrichione of Milford, Massachusetts; her brother, Henry Archambault of Hanrahan, Louisiana; along with many grandnieces, grandnephews and friends.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens, P.O. Box 1577, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.
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