Doris P. Drum


LEWISTON – Doris Pearson Drum, 102, died in her sleep on Jan. 12. She was a longtime resident of Manchester and at the time of her death lived at Montello Heights.

She was born July 26, 1904, in Houlton, the daughter of Murray Theodore Pearson and Clara Small Pearson.

She was a tenth generation descendent of Edward Small, who settled in the Kittery area in 1632. She was a fourth generation descendant of Sarah Small, who lived in Bowdoinham and died at the age of 104.

In her early years, Doris was educated in Houlton schools. She graduated from elementary school in 1918 and Houlton High School in 1922. She attended Farmington Normal School for one year and taught at a rural school in Mars Hill for one year.

She then moved to Detroit in 1924, where she completed her teacher training at Detroit Teachers College (now Wayne State University).

She taught in schools in the Detroit area throughout the 20s and married Kenneth Leonard Drum on June 29, 1929. They lived in Wyandotte, Mich., during the Depression and World War II, then moved to Augusta in 1946. They moved to Manchester in 1950.

In 1955, Doris became a teacher at the Manchester Elementary School, where she would teach until her retirement in 1968.

During her early retirement, she volunteered in the school library and for 23 years spent the winter months at Jupiter Park in Jupiter, Fla., with her husband, Kenneth; her sister, Delma Lathe Schmidt of Hallowell, and her husband, Frank Lathe. She was a member of the Maine Retired Teachers Association and the Manchester Extension. She was also active in many Manchester community activities.

She is survived by her children, Nancy Meldrum of Lewiston, Betty Coykendall of Unionville, Conn., and James Drum of Damariscotta; her grandchildren, Lori Dyer of Turner, Julie Hayes of New Gloucester, Elsa Parson of Harker Heights, Texas, John Coykendall of Westport, Conn., and Peter Drum of Damariscotta; her great-grandchildren, Stephanie Dyer, Jennifer Dyer, Benton Hayes, Connor Parson and Jake Coykendall; her sister, Delma Lathe Schmidt of Hallowell; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth, in August 1988; and by her daughter, Joanne Drum Norris, in October 1988.