LEWISTON — Doris Bryant Makas was honored recently at a surprise party to celebrate her 100th birthday at the Chickadee of Lewiston. More than 50 people attended the party, which had been planned by her daughter, County Commissioner Elaine Makas of Lewiston and her daughter-in-law, Rita Makas of Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Guests included her nephew, Gene Bryant of Palermo; his daughter, Autumn, of Northport; longtime friends, Rosemarie and Larry Glasser of Canton, Mich.; and many much-loved local friends and neighbors.

Makas also received personal birthday greetings that day from President and Mrs. Obama, Gov. John Baldacci and Congressman Mike Michaud. She received a legislative sentiment sponsored by Sen. Margaret Craven, Rep. Peggy Rotundo and the rest of the local delegation.

She was born on June 5, 1910, in Everett, Mass. and moved with her mother and brother to Provincetown, Mass., when she was 6 months old. She has wonderful memories of growing up in that unique, historic community and great stories about some of its famous local residents: Arctic explorer Commander Donald MacMillan, world-famous playwright Eugene O’Neill and acclaimed painter Charles Hawthorne.

She moved to Boston in 1928 where she studied business, worked as a secretary and as a bookkeeper and, in later years, as an accountant. In 1941, she married Albert Makas, a research physicist at the newly-founded Polaroid Corporation. Together they had two children, Bruce and Elaine. They moved to Medford, a suburb of Boston, where she continued to live until 1995, at which time she moved to Lewiston, where she now resides with her daughter.

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