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Harriette  McGuire Doordan
  • 122 W. Main St.
    Newark, DE 19711

Pause Days Gone By by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“My family lived next door in 1002 Baylor Drive from 1985-1996, when my sister and I were kids. We have such fond memories of running over to her...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Anisha Thondukolam - San Ramon, CA

“My thoughts are with all of you! I cherish my memories on Baylor Drive & your mom was part of those! I'm sure her love lives on in all of you! ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Kim McGinnis - Lakewood, OH

“To the Doordan family, I have lived down the street from Harriette for many many years and have many fond memories of her radiant smile and...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Amy Boyd - Newark, DE - Neighbor

“As I sit in my office knowing the final funeral mass is taking place, I am praying for peace and love for the entire extended Doordan family....Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Jack Ellsworth - Columbia, SC

“Baylor Drive was such a special place to grow up. It wasn't "Leave It to Beaver." It was better, because it was real. So many wonderful families,...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Anne Baker Ritchey - West Chester, PA

“Chris and Marty, We are sad for the loss to you and your family. Harriette was a wonderful mother and friend and we know she will be missed. You are...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Reid and John Suchanec - Newark, DE

“Marty, It has been quite a long time since U of D, but I read about your mother's passing and wanted to pass along my condolences to you and your...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Douglas Hershman - Wilmington, DE

“Dear Martay & family...Please accept my sympathy....Pat Kraft ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Pat Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Dennis Rolewicz - Newark, DE

“I know all of the memories you hear will be the same because I don't know anyone who doesn't feel the same about Harriette--she was loving, kind,...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Sally Pinto Krapf - North East, MD

“Harriette brought joy and comfort into my life for as long as I have known her and that was a very long time! Since I was two years old I have had...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Don Dutton - Lake Oswego, OR

“Terry,Debbie, and Family,Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. It is never easy saying goodbye to your Mom.God Bless, Kevin &...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: - DE

“Harriette Doordan was a very special person, almost like a second Mother to me and my siblings. She and my Mother were the best of friends. No doubt...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Michael R Dutton - Newark, DE

“Harriette brought joy and comfort into my life for as long as I have known her and that was a very long time! Since I was two years old I have had...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Don Dutton - Lake Oswego, OR

“My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May your treasured memories and the drawing close to God in prayer help comfort you in your time...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“One of my fondest childhood memories is about the two weeks I spent with Aunt Harriet, Uncle Bernie and Maryanne when my sister (Anne Marie) was born...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: maggie smith - Hurst, TX - niece

“Joe, Marty, Mary Anne, Terry, Pat --- Your mom and step-mom was a delightful person. I first met her in the late 50's when your dad brought her to...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: John Doordan - Santa Barbara, CA

“I was fortunate to have known Harriette the past 25 years when my sister, Chris, married her son, Marty. I have admired her from the moment I met her...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Kathleen Brockett - Dallas, TX

Harriette McGuire Doordan, age 83, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.

Harriette was born March 21, 1930 in St. Petersburg, FL to the late George and Marjorie (Combs) McGuire. Harriette was a graduate of Grundy High School, Class of 1947, where she was an avid basketball player. She continued on to Randolph Macon Woman's College, graduating as a biology major in 1951. Upon her graduation, Harriette became a teacher for the public schools of Grundy, VA. She later worked as a biologist for the DuPont Company where she met her husband, Bernie.

Harriette was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the New Century Club, where she headed the Blue Bear Brigade, and the Newark Country Club. She was also active with Meals on Wheels and volunteered for Mt. Aviat School. She was an avid Bridge player and was a member of several clubs throughout her life. Harriette was an extremely charitable and selfless person, spreading joy and kindness wherever she could. Known as "Mama D" to many, she was the mother that everyone wanted and could hope for.

Harriette is survived by her sons, Pat Doordan (Tracy Webb) of North East, MD, Terry Doordan (Debbie) of Wilmington, DE, Marty Doordan (Chris) of Newark, DE, and Joe Doordan (Annie) of Newark, DE; daughter Mary Anne Shank of Overland Park, KS; brother-in-laws William Hahn of Devon, PA and Robert Doordan of Media, PA; 14 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and close friend Ruth Sewell. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 34 years, Bernard P. Doordan, who passed away in 1994; her brother, Joseph McGuire, and three sisters, Rachel Coleman, Helen Hahn, and Marjorie Booker.

The family would like to thank the people from Compassionate Care Hospice as well as her recent caregiver, Suzette Scott, for providing comfort for our mother.

Friends may call at R.T. Foard & Jones, Inc., 122 W. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711 on Tuesday evening, June 11, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A funeral mass will be held in Harriette's honor 10am Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at St. John's Roman Catholic Church, 200 E. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oblate Sisters at Mt. Aviat c/o the funeral home.

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