Doris M. Darrah

Word has been received of the death of Doris M. Darrah, 91, formerly of Saranac Lake and currently of Lexington Park, Md., where she had been a resident since the early 1960s. She died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 at the Charlotte Hall VA Nursing Home, Charlotte, Md.

Born on Oct. 22, 1921, in Saranac Lake, she was the daughter of John Charles and Ila (Hall) Darrah.

Doris graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 1940.

In March 1943, Doris joined WAC (Women’s Army Corps.). She completed basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and then went on to Richmond, Kent Administrative School. She was assigned to Tinker Field, Oak and eventually to Newark, N.J. for administrative duties. She was discharged at Fort Dix, N.J. in 1947.

Following her discharge from the WAC she attended and graduated from St. Lawrence University with two degrees, a bachelor of science in math and a master’s degree in education. Following graduation from college, she was a member of the Board of National Missions for the Presbyterian Church.

Doris taught math for more than 50 years at various schools including the Mary Homes Junior College for six years, Friendsville Academy for two years and Hancock High School in Hancock, Md. until her retirement in 1990.

She is survived by one sister Barbara Darrah of Saranac Lake and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four sisters: Helen Pond, Marion Darrah, Norma Stevens and Muriel Waterstraat; and three brothers: Donald, James and Philip Darrah.

Local arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A graveside service will take place at a later date in September to be announced at Pine Ridge Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Richards officiating.