Doris A. Dastous, 96, formerly of Dracut died May 4, 2020 at Northwood Rehabilitation after a period of declining health. Born in Dracut on November 12, 1923, she was the daughter of Armand and Lillian Lepine.
Doris was a lifelong resident of Dracut except for a brief period in Irasburg, VT where she and her husband owned the general store after World War II. Upon returning to Dracut, they built their home next door to where Doris grew up. There they raised their four children and the family spent many summers at the cottage on Crystal Lake in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. Extended family came to enjoy the lake and often there was an overflow crowd.
She was a long-time communicant at St Francis Church in Dracut and active in the fundraising for the new church building. She was a member of the widow's group serving the church and making deep friendships. Doris also sewed the baptismal bibs given to babies baptized into the church.
Doris loved to play cards and taught her grandchildren to play cribbage something they all remember well. She also participated in several cribbage leagues in Lowell and Dracut.
Doris is survived by her daughter Anne Marie Cashman in California, son Roger Dastous and his wife Ruth of Nashua, daughter Gail Hitter and husband Neil of Derry and her sister Lorraine Comtois of Pelham. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Christopher Cashman, Deidre, Bryce and Brock Dastous, Jonathan Drew and his wife Brooke, Scott Drew and his wife Debbie and Heather Drew all of Florida, Erick Hitter and his husband Chris Lauzon in California and Major Tyler Hitter and his wife Major Kristen Hitter of Virginia. She also leaves 5 great grandchildren.
Doris was predeceased by her beloved Joseph C. Dastous and her daughter Joan Drew.
Due to the current gathering restrictions, remote viewing of Doris' Cemetery Service on Saturday, May 9th at 11:00 AM can be seen at the following link: http://client.tribucast.com/tcid/73943670. A celebration of her life will be held sometime in the fall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joseph and Doris Dastous to the Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Avenue, Suite 1802, New York, New York 10001.