Doris B. (Audette) Brais of Colonial Drive, Lincoln, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022, at the age of 99.
Born in Central Falls in 1922, Doris was the ninth and last surviving child of the late Frederick and Evangeline (Poulin) Audette’s 11 children.
She married her soul mate, George Z. Brais, in 1948 and had him in her heart since his death in 1999. Doris and George built their home in Lincoln in 1958, and Doris lived there for the rest of her life. life. It was and still is the home of seven close-knit children. For the last decade of Doris’ life, her son John lived with her and served as her cribbage partner, tireless gardener, carer and best friend and faithful companion.
Deep faith and strong moral convictions have inspired every aspect of Doris’ life. She treasured every day of the 99 years of her life, and she especially looked forward to hosting large family gatherings and spending a week each summer in Little Compton with her children and their families.
Doris nurtured her beloved garden with the same vigor with which she nurtured her children, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws. She loved to sing and play the organ, and she was always eager to compete on the ping-pong and card tables. Doris embraced civic responsibility and was an active member of the Lincoln Conservation Commission, Lincoln Garden Club, Lincoln Council on the Arts and many other organizations. She also sang as a member of the Vocal Arts Society, served for many years as a tour guide at the Rhode Island Veterans Auditorium, and was always eager to engage in lively political discussion.
Doris kept a love of learning all her life and constantly worked to strengthen her spirit and character. Until her 90s, she took many courses through the Brown Community of Learning in Retirement (BCLIR). At home, she read the wall street journal cover to cover every day and constantly read books to deepen both his knowledge and his faith. She particularly embraced the philosophy and teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas and named one of her sons after him.
Doris left a lasting impression on all who knew her. Her passion for her family, for her beliefs and for life will live on through her loving family. For her children and grandchildren, she was a role model on how to live a purposeful and joyful life. She will be sincerely missed.
She is survived by two daughters, Elaine B. Galvin and her husband, John, of Providence, and Janet Brais Gascoigne of Watertown, Mass.; five sons, George F. Brais and his wife, Betty, of Lincoln, Donald E. Brais and his wife, Joanne, of Tiverton, Robert E. Brais and his fiancee, Joyce McMahon, of Beverly, Mass., Thomas A. Brais and his wife, Miko, of Lexington, Mass., and John L. Brais of Lincoln; his 14 grandchildren, Liz, David, Johnny, Matt, Mike, Lauren, Katie, Kerry, Sarah, Hanako, Will, Tomo, James and Erica; five great-grandchildren, Mason, Violet, Max, Jacob and Margaret; and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Helen Poulin, Cécile Gagnon, Roland Audette, Theresa Silvia, Evelyn Jannell, Florence Marcotte, Gérard Audette, Lucille Brassard, Maurice Audette and Roger Audette.
His funeral will be on Monday, May 2, 2022, at 8:45 a.m., at Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln, with a Christian Burial Mass at 10 a.m., at St. Jude’s Church, 301 Front St. , Lincoln. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland. Relatives and friends are invited and can also call on Sunday May 1 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The family asks for masks to be worn both at the funeral chapel and during the funeral mass.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Doris’ memory to World Central Kitchen (currently feeding refugees on the Ukraine-Poland border) would be appreciated. Their website is www.wck.org.