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Doris Ullrick

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Franklin--------Doris Ullrick, 81, of 25 Highland Avenue, died at the Peabody Home on Wednesday, January 17, 2007.

Doris was born, the middle of five children, on March 30, 1925 in Winfield, Kansas, where her father, trained as a concert pianist (career interrupted by service in WWII), was employed as a music teacher.  Eventually the family moved to Chicago, where they lived during the Depression (Doris could remember a lot of meals consisting only of toast and milk).  Her father soon became organist at the Moody Church in Chicago under Dr. Harry Ironside.

After high school, Doris enrolled as a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, attending the School of Education.  She met her husband at the University, where Bill was a science major.  Doris graduated in 1948, married Bill and then taught music at a suburban high school while Bill finished up at Northwestern and proceeded with five years of medical school.  Two children were born to the couple during this period:  John now in Portland, Oregon, and Christina, presently in Clinton, Massachusetts.  When Bill graduated from medical school, he accepted a position of Instructor at the Boston University School of Medicine, and thus the family moved to Newton, Mass. in 1954.  Here a third child was born:  Elizabeth, now living in Tucson, Arizona.

After a few years, Doris went back to school and earned an M.A. degree in Library Science at Boston University.  She subsequently served as librarian in several school and public libraries.  When Doris and Bill moved to Northfield in 1977, Doris became the librarian at the Hall Memorial Library of Northfield and Tilton.

As we all know, Doris had a beautiful soprano vice and sung in church choirs for over half a century.  She had been the choir director in Presbyterian and Congregational Churches and taught Sunday school classes in several churches.  She was always vitally interested in missions, and for many years was chairperson of the Baptist Church of Franklin mission committee.  In her spare time she like to read mystery stories, and of course, she was especially fond of her five grandchildren – three in Tucson, one in Portland, and one currently a student at the University of Miami, Florida.  Doris was a wonderful, dedicated Christian woman, and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband, William Ullrick, of Franklin; three children, John, Christina and Elizabeth; five grandchildren; two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 2:00PM at the Baptist Church of Franklin, 21 Church Street, Franklin, NH.  Rev. Bob Washer, former pastor of the Church, will officiate.

Burial will be at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH.

Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements. 

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