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Obituary: Doris T. "Dee" Bursey, 90

Nov 12, 2017 06:01AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Doris T. "Dee" Bursey

DRACUT, MA. - Doris T. "Dee" Bursey, 90, died peacefully, Tuesday, November 7th, at Lowell General Hospital.  

Doris, who was a selfless, giving, and influential person in the lives and careers of many, was born in Dracut, in her family’s farmhouse, on August 24, 1927, the daughter of the late Rose Ann (Allard) and Oliver J. Bursey. She was educated in the Dracut School system and graduated from Dracut High School. Throughout her long life (and, now afterwards), Doris maintained a selfless, giving caregiver approach to anyone who sought her support – to her parents, sister, brothers, niece and nephews, aunt, cousin, family, church, neighbors, and community. 

For the greater-Dracut community, last November 6, 2017, on Doris’ request, she has established to sell her beautiful 19-acre farm fields and woodlands to the Town of Dracut for permanent conservancy for all people to enjoy for generations to come.

In 1945, when she was 17 years old, she was awarded a 4-H national scholarship from the Spool Cotton Co. to attend the Rhode Island School of Design for "highest clothing" achievement. She selflessly chose to decline this opportunity to stay on the family farm and support her family due to the war time atmosphere of that era.

As a highly skilled seamstress, she was a founding member and served for several years as President of the Dracut Arts & Craft Guild, led many of its committees, and spent many hours during her lifetime at her sewing machine crafting beautiful garments, doing clothing alterations for many, creating Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls to the delight of many children, and created countless unique items sewn perfectly and stitched with love. Her creative skills also made her a master quilter, knitter, rug braider, and crochet artist. 

Doris was an educator in all that she did. In sewing, everything she made had perfection in it. She taught sewing classes to neighborhood girls and every project had to be exacting, requiring her students to pull out many stitches until achieving her instructional perfect standards. Some of her students advanced to professional careers in graphic design and other specialties, and attribute their success to Doris’ formative influence in their lives.

She served proudly for several years as a nurse's aide at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lowell, MA in 1950's, assisting the nuns, nurses, and patients to effect quality care.

She was a farm manager for many years on her family’s farm, called Bursey's Farm, located on Crosby Road, Dracut. Doris, being a selfless and caring person, dedicated much of her time to gardening, growing vegetables and flowers.  She was an active volunteer at Saint Theresa Church for many years on its Bereavement Team and assisting the business office weekly.

Doris is survived and will be sorely missed by her sister, Florence Gosselin of Winchester, MA and Jupiter, FL, and her three brothers: Robert and his wife Jeannine of Dracut, Roger and his wife Carol of Jupiter, FL, and Paul Bursey of Dracut and his social partner Jeannette LeMieux.  She also leaves many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and great-grand nieces and great-grand nephews.

Besides her parents, Doris is predeceased by her brothers, Willis and Raymond Bursey.

ARRANGEMENTS entrusted to the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., Dracut, MA. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Doris' name to: St. Vincent de Paul, St. Marguerite Church, 1340 Lakeview Ave., Dracut, Ma. 01826.  To leave an online condolence, story or message, please visit, www. or find her remembrance page on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home."
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