Barbara C. Doane, 83: 'Meme' was quietly dedicated to family, community

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PORTLAND — Barbara Concannon Doane, 83, of State Street, died May 9 at her home.

She was born Nov. 1, 1931, in Portland, a daughter of Peter F. and Catherine (Folan) Concannon. She graduated from South Portland High School, in the class of 1949. She then worked for New England Telephone & Telegraph Co. and for Maine Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

She married Donald S. Doane on June 13, 1953, at Holy Cross Church in South Portland.

Barbara was a dedicated wife and mother who quietly devoted herself to home and family. To them, she was an adoring “Meme,” who relished time with her grandchildren, especially trips to Scarborough and Higgins Beach. She enjoyed reading and knitting hats for local schools and sports teams.

She was predeceased by a sister, Maureen Flaherty, and a brother, Joseph S. Concannon.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Donald; a daughter, Catherine D. Knudsen and husband, Erik, of Falmouth; three sons, Donald C. Doane and wife, Susan, of Portland, James O. Doane and wife, Beth, of South Portland, and Joseph A. Doane and wife, Pauline, of Cape Elizabeth; nine grandchildren, Neils and wife, Christine Knudsen, Kurt Knudsen, Lianna Doane, Alison Doane, Paige Doane, Owen Doane, Carolyn Doane, Joey Doane and Peter Doane; two great-grandchildren, Olivia Knudsen and Elliot Knudsen; a sister-in-law, Betty Concannon, of Portland; a brother-in-law, Alfred R. Doane, of Portland; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, May 13, from 2-4 p.m., at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. A graveside service and committal will be private.

Memorial donations of books may be made to a local library of one’s choice.

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