2014-06-20 / Obituaries

Doreen Duval- Flaherty

Doreen Duval-Flaherty, 49, of Scarborough, has joined the angels and lost her hard fought battle with the Evil Empire, Gliomastoma, a nasty form of brain cancer that she was determined to defeat.

Diagnosed in November, 2011, she kept a positive attitude and fought with everything she had until the very end. She was predeceased by her father, Leon P. Duval in 1980.

She is survived by her husband, Martin, whom she met on Christmas night in 1978, and just knew he was “the one!” Thank you for always being there, M. They were married on May, 17, 1986, and raised two amazing daughters, Hailee Mae, a student at the University of New Hampshire, and Kaicee Mae, a student at Scarborough High School and her “third” daughter, Rachel Kane, whom she also loved dearly. She is also survived by her mother “Mumsie,” Madeleine Duval, who resided with her, and her BFF, Kim Fuller. Her beloved family, Robert E. Smith, Jr., Wayne A. Smith and Jane St. Pierre, Mark and Anne Duval, Judith Colby, Maureen Kelly and Lee Humiston, Mary Flaherty, David and Mary Ellen Flaherty, John Flaherty and a large extended family.

Doreen was a dedicated employee at Hopkinson & Abbondanza from 1985 until her second surgery in 2012. She will be greatly missed by her co-workers and long-time clients that supported her throughout her illness. Doreen loved the simple life. She loved to spend time with her girls at Kettle Cove, gardening, early morning bike rides in the Scarborough Marsh and swimming in the pool. She especially loved it when her house was filled with the girls’ teenage friends. She loved animals, especially cats, and leaves behind Finnegan, Lillee, Phoebee and Georgia.

She was a long-time president of the Scarborough Cheering Club at both youth and high school levels. She loved her cheering family and she treated the athletes as if they were her own. The love and support shown by the SCC during her illness will never be forgotten.

There was a celebration of Doreen’s life at Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland on Cottage Road on Thursday, June 12, with a service that followed.

In lieu of flowers, Doreen would be thrilled if you would remember her family in the trying times that lie ahead. The family wants to thank her many good and generous friends and neighbors, way too many to mention, but you all know who you are. If Doreen has anything to do with it, she plans to spend the afterlife hanging out at Red Sox games with her friends, Paul Hebert and Eric Whitten, who were taken from us way too early. A tremendous thank you to Dr. Dugan and his staff, especially Kelly and Marcie; Dr. D’Angelo, Dr. Floorman and Dr. Lu-Emerson and anyone at MMCC who helped her on her journey. The family wishes to send special thanks to VNA Home Health and Hospice for the care and support they provided to Doreen and the entire family.

Please smile when you think of me because I was blessed with so much love in my life. I was truly one of the lucky ones. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. You were all my angels and were the reason I defeated the odds and was able to kick cancer’s butt for so long. Remember, ILU2TM&B forever, Doreen.

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