Doris Raynor-Hennessey

Doris Raynor-Hennessey of Clermont, Fla., formerly of Riverhead, passed away peacefully at her home Dec. 23 surrounded by family and loved ones. She was 84 years old.

Born Aug. 1, 1934, in Riverhead, N.Y., to Harold C. and Katherine R. King Robinson, Doris was a graduate of Riverhead High School and worked and lived in Riverhead until moving to Clermont in 1997.

Doris worked and retired as a branch manager for Suffolk OTB. However, her passion was music. She was a talented pianist and singer and sang in the Sweet Adelines Chorus from 1964 to 1996, traveling and performing in different cities and venues. Doris’ greatest achievement, however, was being herself. She was a beacon of light, both inwardly and outwardly beautiful. She radiated integrity, respect and kindness. She was naturally funny and charismatic, making all around her feel at ease.

Doris married Lawrence Raynor of Hampton Bays, N.Y., in 1955, making their home and raising five children in Riverhead, where they met. Six years after Lawrence’s passing in 1991, Doris married Thomas Hennessey of Miller Place, N.Y., in 1997, making their home in Clermont.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husbands; her brothers Harold, John, Eugene and Richard; and her sister, Joan Haynes.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Donald and Elaine Robinson; her sister, Ann Pavlakis; her daughters, Deborah Baird (Arlton), Susan Rendall (John), Sherry Steele (David), Cathy Doucette (James); her son, Lawrence Raynor Jr. (Moira); her grandchildren, Ronald Grzybowski, Jarad Grzybowski, David Steele, Kristin Payano (Steele), Kyle Steele, Christopher Rendall, Corey Rendall, Amelia Doucette, Noah Doucette, Olivia Raynor, Jacob Raynor and Paige Raynor; and her great-grandchildren, Alexzander Steele, Benjamin Steele, Carter Payano, Jordyn Payano, Mabel Steele, Jude Steele, Jack Steele, Gianna Rendall and Lucy Rendall.

On Friday, Dec. 28, a prayer service was held at Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home in Riverhead, followed by interment services at St. John the Evangelist Cemetery in Riverhead.

Memorial donations can be made to the Dementia Society of America:

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