Doris E. Stevens


AVON – Doris Evelyn (Russell) Stevens, 82, passed away at her home in Avon on Friday, Jan. 5.

She was born Dec. 17, 1924, a daughter of Frank Ordway and Phyllis (Williamson) Russell.

She had a happy childhood being raised on the Russell Farm in New Sharon, where she attended school, graduating in 1942.

She married Norman J. Stevens in New Sharon on July 16, 1944. He passed away on Oct. 12, 1997.

They moved to Phillips in the late 1940s and purchased a home in Avon in 1950, where they raised their two daughters. She resided there until her death.

She worked at J. L. Coombs in Phillips for a number of years and drove a school bus for SAD 58 from 1975 to 1997. She really enjoyed the kids.

She was an excellent seamstress and could do just about anything with her hands from leather work to tying flies for L. L. Bean.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, fishing, and hunting, and was lucky enough to be drawn twice for the Maine Moose hunt.

She taught her grandsons how to fish in the Sandy River in New Sharon and helped one of them dress his first deer.

All of her grandchildren enjoyed going to camp with “Grammie and Grampa” Stevens.

She also loved playing cards and games with her mother and sisters, spending hours in competition and laughter, a tradition she later brought to her grandchildren.

A special event for her was the “Russell Reunion.” She loved being one of the “Russell Cousins.”

Another special time for her was traveling across country several times with Patty and Greg in their motor home.

She is survived by one daughter, Kathleen Lambert and her husband, Roger, of Strong; six grandchildren, Dora Boyd and her husband, Steven, of West Freeman, Russell Lambert of Colbran, Colo., Geoffrey Flagg and his wife, Andrea, of Maineville, Ohio, Kirsten Smith and her husband, Christopher of Alpine, Utah, Jason Flagg of Strong, and Kasey Lambert and her companion, Regan Pingree, and his son, Brody, of Phillips; seven great-grandchildren, Steven Boyd Jr., Stephanie Boyd and Justine Boyd, all of Strong, Morgan Lambert of Lakewood, Colo., Alex Flagg of Maineville, Ohio, Sophie Smith of Alpine, Utah, and Aaron Flagg of Maineville, Ohio; two sister-in-laws, Esther Russell of Peru, and Aristean Butterfield of Augusta; a brother-in-law, Spurgeon Dodge Stevens of Fairfield; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Ralph O. Russell; her sisters, Edith Nadeau and Ruth Nadeau; her husband; a daughter, Patricia (Stevens) Flagg; and a son-in-law, Gregory Flagg.