DOREEN L. RIVERS

Doreen L. Rivers

ORANGE — A graveside service was held on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, on what would have been her 78th birthday, in South Cemetery, Orange, for Doreen L. (Gormley) Rivers, 77, of Walnut Hill, who died Nov. 17.

The Rev. Dr. Megan Leary of the Orange Central Congregational Church officiated and words of remembrance were offered by friends and caregivers.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.

ORANGE — Doreen L. (Gormley) Rivers, 77, of Walnut Hill, died early Friday morning, Nov. 17, 2017, at the home of her loving caregivers, Bob and Aimee Smith, in their home in Templeton.

Born in Orange on Nov. 27, 1939, she was a daughter of the late William S. and Rose K. (Anderson) Gormley and grew up in Orange and graduated from Orange High School. She later earned her bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State University in education followed by a master’s in science.

In 1961, she married Donald C. Rivers at Bethany Lutheran Church in Orange and they enjoyed 54 years of marriage until his death on July 10, 2015.

Doreen was employed as a teacher for the Athol-Royalston Regional School District for 21 years. She previously had worked for Gardner Middle School.

An avid reader, Doreen also enjoyed greeting card making, making pins and was proud of her Swedish ancestry. Doreen was also a member of the Orange Historical Society.

Doreen is survived by an aunt, Shirley Anderson of Royalston; cousins, Gayle Miller of South Yarmouth, Ralph Anderson of Shrewsbury and Judy Lund of Sarasota, Fla.; a half-sister, Betty Fowler of North Carolina; and her beloved dog, “Georgia;” and her friends and caregivers, Bob and Aimee Smith of Templeton.

Besides her parents and husband, Doreen was predeceased by a brother, David Gormley.

There are no calling hours.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, Nov. 27, on what would of been her 78th birthday, at 2 p.m., in South Cemetery, 585 South Main St., Orange.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.

 ORANGE — Doreen L. (Gormley) Rivers, 77, of Walnut Hill, died early Friday morning, Nov. 17, 2017 at the home of her loving caregivers, Bob and Aimee Smith, in their home in Templeton. Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

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She was a beautiful soul and my 6th grade teacher. May she rest in peace <3 I live in Florida now and heard from a friend back home about her passing. I cried and had to look it up for myself. Wonderful woman an inspiration and very much loved by her students. Rest in Peace Ms. Rivers. You will be missed dearly...

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