Doris Elaine Elizabeth Skoog Larouche

September 19, 1914
- April 02, 2005

MILO - After a lingering illness, Doris Elaine Elizabeth Skoog Larouche, died peacefully in her sleep April 2, 2005. She had been a resident at Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft for the past two years. She was born Sept. 19, 1914, in Ashland, the eldest child of Helmer Erik and Vendla Soderberg Skoog. Her parents were immigrants from Sweden. Doris' earliest childhood memories were of living in a small cabin that her parents had built at Howe Brook in Aroostook County, after their arrival in America. As the Skoog family expanded, they moved first to Masardis and later to Derby, after Helmer began working for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. Doris' early education through grade 6 occurred successfully in a one-room schoolhouse. She was an honors graduate of Milo High School in 1931. At that time she was bilingual, speaking Swedish and English. She had also shown a flair for French and Latin. On July 20, 1940, she married Virgil Larouche of Derby after a long courtship. Thereafter, Doris spent 57 years living with her husband and family at 33 Pleasant St. in Milo. A large part of that time Doris' mother, Vendla, also lived with Doris' family. Her house, surrounding gardens, flower boxes, books and music libraries were the archives of her life. Her husband and sons would help in the maintenance of these things that she loved. Also, she worked for many years at part time jobs in local businesses on Main Street in Milo, particularly at the original Daggett's Pharmacy, Polakewich's Dry Goods Store, the A & P Market and Clark's Furniture. Later, she was the bookkeeper for the Larouche Home Improvement Center. She was actively involved with her family and the community. She was a lifetime member and past President of the Eastern Star and various local service clubs. She helped organize the first Cub Scout Pack in Milo, and served as an active den mother. She was also one of the original organizers of the Little Red Schoolhouse in Dover-Foxcroft. Doris always was loyal to her husband, and supportive of her children to the best of her abilities. According to her sister-in-law, Marguerite Hamlin Skoog, "Doris projected quiet elegance in all of these activities." Doris was predeceased by her husband, Virgil; her sister, Elsie (Edrie); a brother-in-law Frank Perkins; her brother, Nels Skoog; her sister, Vivian; and brother-in-law, Ivan Brown. She is survived by her sons, James; daughter-in-law, Pamela and grandson, Samuel Larouche of Auburn; John and daughter-in-law, Sara Larouche of New Gloucester, also surviving her is a sister-in-law, Marguerite Hamlin Skoog of Bangor, as well as many nieces and nephews. A spring interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Milo.

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