Doris Perreault

Doris E. Perreault

Wednesday, July 6th, 1927 - Saturday, February 16th, 2019
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Doris Eva Perreault passed away on February 16, 2019 at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon, WA. Doris was born on July 06, 1927 in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota and was the second oldest of seven children to Dona and Virginia Houle. Doris was 91 years of age at the time of her passing.

She was raised in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, where she attended school and church. As a child she loved visiting her aunt and uncle’s farm in the country during the warm months and ice skating during the long winter months.

In 1943, she met Alfred Perreault on a blind date set up by her good friend Jeanette Perreault. They married in 1948 in Yakima, Washington and were married for 63 years until his passing in 2011 at the age of ninety three. During that time they lived in Washington and Oregon while Alfred worked on the dams and roads along the Columbia River.

In 1949, their son Stephen was born in Ephrata, Washington and in 1952, their daughter Jacqueline was born in Brewster, Washington. The family settled in The Dalles, where Doris raised her children, was a loving wife and mother, and worked many years in food service as a supervisor at Columbia Basin nursing home and the State hospital. After her retirement, Doris enjoyed working as a hostess and cashier at Cousins Restaurant in The Dalles, Oregon.

After their retirement, Alfred and Doris enjoyed pulling their trailer South for the winter, spending time in Nevada and Arizona. While in Arizona they loved fishing for striped bass on a pontoon boat and while in Nevada, they enjoyed visiting Steve and his family…especially the grandkids. While in Nevada, they were always treated to Las Vegas shows and memorable outings. They also loved meeting up with other family members in Arizona to share meals, swim and catch up with Minnesota family news.

Doris took great pleasure in spending time with their grandchildren, and enjoyed teaching them knitting, crocheting, cooking, bread and candy making or any one of a long list of her talents. Alfred and Doris also did a lot of camping, where she was known for making funnel cakes. She was a great cook and very adept at providing a good meal on a shoestring - never wasting a thing!

Doris and Alfred also enjoyed taking their camp trailer out to the Ty Valley fair. There she would enter her canned fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, fresh vegetables, and her handy work such as quilts, Swedish weaving, dollies and more. She always returned home with many blue ribbons. Doris even earned the title “Queen of the Kitchen” in 2000.

When Doris' youngest sister Cecilia suggested they learn to quilt, her response was "I don't think I want to cut up material just to sew it back together". She did ultimately enjoy many years of quilt making for family, friends and good causes and became an accomplished quilter.

After Alfred's death in 2011, Doris moved from The Dalles to her newly built home in Hood River, Oregon, to be closer to her family.

In The Dalles, Doris was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church and was involved in the St. Rose Circle for many years. One activity that was close to her heart was making Rosaries to be given to those in need. After moving to Hood River, she attended St. Mary's Catholic Church and continued her involvement with the women's Alter Society. She became a Providence Hospital volunteer, helping out at Brookside Manor with her daughter Jacky. Doris was also a part of Busy Fingers at the hospital, making hats and blankets for the babies and candy for the annual sale, or anything else that was asked of her. She was happiest when she was busy and did not like to waste time. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Fish food bank through the church.

Doris always put her family and friends first. She was always there with love and support, and will be remembered as a kind, loving, giving woman to all who knew her. One example of her kindness was during the time her neighboring homes were being built. She would regularly bake muffins and quickly deliver them to the construction workers while they were still warm.

In recent years, Doris was grateful to her niece Sandy Sergeant, who invited her to be involved with her Quilting group “Sew It Goes Quilting Group”. They made Christmas stockings for the Veterans home, meals on wheels, and foster children. They also made quilts for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Sandy also included Doris for their annual trip to the coast with her quilting group for a few days of sewing, eating and fun. She was also very thankful for her wonderful neighbor Dana Selin, with whom she shared many meals, enjoyed evening walks around the neighborhood, had tea and cookies on a regular basis, and just watched out for one another. Doris enjoyed a lot of time with Jacky, but especially looked forward to Sunday dinner and Dominoes with Jacky and Randy every week.

Doris is survived by her children; Steve Perreault and wife Chris, Jacky Koester and husband Randy; daughter-in-law Kathleen Perreault; grandchildren Lisa Hartley and husband Scott, Eil Koester, Suzanne Johnson and husband Jeff, Angela Willis and husband Jon, and Andrew Perreault; great grandchildren, Bryce Hartley, Elle and Liam Johnson, Chloe, Jackson and Lily Willis.

She is preceded in death by her parents Dona and Virginia Houle; husband Alfred; and siblings Aurora, Glady, Madonna, Joann, Cecilia and Lawrence.

A mass will be held at 10:00am Tuesday March 12, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Belmont Ave. Hood River, OR 97031). Everyone is invited to join the family for a light lunch and social time at Andersons Tribute Center (1401 Belmont Ave. Hood River, OR) immediately following the service. A private burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Doris’ name to the American Cancer Society, St. Mary’s Catholic Church New Church Building fund or to the Hood River Adult Center C/O Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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  • Service

    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    1501 Belmont Avenue
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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  • Interment

    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
    1235 Tucker Rd
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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    Interment will be private.
  • Reception

    Anderson's Tribute Center
    1401 Belmont Ave.
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    Immediately following the Mass. All are welcome to join the family for a lite lunch and fellowship.


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Suzanne Perreault Johnson

Posted at 12:18am
When I think back to my childhood and the time of year that I anticipated the most, one would think it might be Christmas time. In actuality, it was when Grandma and Grandpa P would come to town. Coming home from school and seeing their truck parked out front filled me with happiness because I knew that meant a few months of fun were in store. There were many wonderful memories being on our pumpkin patch and tree lots together, taking them to school for “Grandparents Day,” decorating for the holidays, going to mass, playing Go Fish when I was younger and Kings In The Corner when I was older, making cassette tapes, singing songs, taking her on lunch dates, and watching Shirley Temple movies to name a few. When I had the chance to go visit in Oregon, we’d enjoy trips to Newbury’s, eat pizza at Spooky’s, go thrift store shopping, and probably my earliest memory of Grandma was when we’d be out in the garden and I would go “catch carrots” for dinner... which ironically ties in to my very favorite memories with her, which were ones we shared together in the kitchen. Grandma P was the queen of the kitchen and she could cook and bake like no other. I am marveled at what she could whip up and my favorite items we made together over the years were soup (her potato was my absolute favorite!), apple pie, “pets”, hash, “rocks”, peanut brittle, meatloaf and mashed potatoes and nobody made better pancakes then Grandma P! All I had to do was ask, and she would make them for me at any time of day. She would mostly wake up at the crack of dawn to make them for me before school, but there were plenty of times she'd satisfy my late night pancake craving too. No matter the time of day, she would always make pancakes for me with a smile.

Grandma P was very active and I always admired her work ethic. Whether she was working at Cousins or creating a beautiful quilt, she always kept herself busy. She was also quick to offer her time to help me with my work and cut countless ribbons and helped me tie hundreds of bows over the years.

Grandma was a devout Catholic and practiced her religion. I know she prayed for her family often and used her rosary beads for her sincerest prayers offered on their behalves. She was very service oriented and never thought twice about offering her time or talents to help others.

My grandma was such a special person and I am blessed to have had her in my life for as long as I did. I'm thankful my children and husband knew who she was too. I loved being her grand daughter and will always hold the wonderful memories we shared together close to my heart. One of our very favorite inside jokes was “when ya gonna blow your horn-ya” and I can only imagine the horns were a blowin’ when she was welcomed back home to heaven. Her life, her legacy, and her love will live through us always.
Love, Suzanne

Suzanne Perreault Johnson

Posted at 03:17pm
When I think of Grandma P, the very first thing that pops into my head is just how kind she was to me. It always made me feel good when she would ask me how things worked or what my opinions were. She seemed to value my observations. She always listened so intently to the answers that I would give to the questions she would ask. There were so many great memories Suzanne and I were able to share when Grandma was visiting Las Vegas. While we dated, I always felt like she was cheering the two of us on! Now she can cheer all of us on from heaven. Love you Grandma P! Love, Jeff

Suzanne Perreault Johnson

Posted at 03:12pm
Mom a.k.a. Doris has been a part of my life for the last 49 years. It’s hard to imagine that she’s really gone. I never called her by her first name because I considered her my second mother. We shared an unforgettable bond of mutual love and respect that even distance and circumstances could not break. The hours we spent together decorating cooking and sharing inside jokes about carrots and cucumbers are so memorable. She gave us our first three pieces of the Dickens Village which has grown now into a 10 ft x 10 ft village with the tiniest of details. The first pieces included a church and two cottages. In the next few years we added a second church to show that our family had two churches in it and we were united as one because we were a family of two religions both honored, lived and respected. She told me more than once “it’s the same God, Kath."

Holidays were always special. She helped me string hundreds of lights into our trees and bushes while running back inside to check on the chili or stew cooking on the stove. She always put others before herself. She was always so appreciative of her gifts and never believed she deserved any of it. So many times she cried with happiness always wishing that true tears would roll down her cheeks because an eye condition prevented it. She’d say see I’m crying but no tears would flow. That’s when Andrew coined the phrase “ you’ve got water in your throat Gram” As I write this the water is not only in my throat but rolling down my face. I loved her and I will miss her. Life will not be the same without her

Suzanne Perreault Johnson

Posted at 02:46pm
Grandma P and I had a very special relationship. I adored her and she adored me. When your grandparents live 968 miles away kids usually see them one or two times a year. We were lucky though because most of my growing up years they came to stay with us every year from October to February. Gram cooked me so many pancakes and sausages. I remember all the times I’d lay on her lap for hours watching tv as she tickled my ears and rubbed my back. The special family dinners and the times we spent at the pumpkin patch and tree lots are such wonderful memories I remember how upset I’d get and how hard I’d cry when they left to go back to Oregon. I am so lucky to have had such wonderful grandparents. I’m sad they are both gone but at least they are together. Hopefully there’s pancakes and sausage and fish to catch when we meet again. I love you so much.
Andrew Perreault

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