Doris E. Burnham

WESTBROOK — Doris E. Burnham, 71, of Westbrook, died on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011.

She was born in Denmark on Aug. 23, 1939, to Robert J. and Gladys (Lowell) Cox Sr.

Doris loved to read Harlequin romance as well as any love stories or mysteries and was saddened when she lost her sight to macular degeneration. She loved cooking, nothing came from a box, all from scratch, especially the holidays, and everyone loved her cooking. She loved her gardens, especially her roses and peonies. She loved the summertime, going to auctions and flea markets with her husband, and going to the duck ponds to feed the ducks.
Most of her life she worked as a CNA at area nursing homes. The last part of her working career was that of head cashier at McCrory's Five and Dime store in Westbrook.

She shared 44 years of marriage with Richard C. Burnham of Westbrook.

In addition to her husband, family members include two daughters, Dawn Libbey of New Hampshire and Ellen Churchill of Westbrook; and a sister, Ellen Pratt. Doris was a grandmother to eight and great-grandmother to six. She was predeceased by her brothers, Bobby and Richard Cox, sister Betty Hanscom of Gorham; and grandson Michael Churchill of Westbrook.

Services will be held at the Dolby & Dorr Funeral Chapel, 76 State St., Gorham, on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Spring burial will be in the Dow's Corner Cemetery, Standish. For online condolences, please visit our web site at

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