Doris Armande Ploss, (92) passed peacefully at home on November 7, 2022, surrounded by family. She was born in Manchester, NH, on September 16th, 1930. Doris spent most of her life managing the family business at 42 School Street, where Doris and Gus converted a large portion of their home into rental units for over 62 years. She married Gustave George Ploss on January 31st, 1951. They were together for over 61 years until Gustave's passing in April 2012.
Doris certainly possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. In addition to renting her property on 42 School St., she also owned additional rental property and ran a successful Avon business in the 1970s. Doris was an extremely hardworking woman who always kept side hustles, including waitressing, bartending, and hostess gigs. She did whatever it took to provide for her family, including putting two of her children through college, despite never having had the opportunity for herself. She was undoubtedly the epitome of "The Greatest Generation." Doris pulled herself up by her bootstraps and worked tirelessly daily to provide for her four children.
Doris was an avid swimmer for most of her life and was even a long-distance swimmer in her formative years. Doris loved nothing more than taking her family to the lake or beach to spend quality time near the water. She especially loved visiting Newfound Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee with her family. Doris had a firecracker personality, always bringing entertainment and something up her sleeve, such as sneaking up on her family at Hampton Beach as a walking "Gee Boo," the friendly ghost, a white sheet over her head, and all!
Doris was ahead of her time in many respects, having a passion for health, fitness, and style. She always worked to keep in shape and was quite the fashionista of her day. Dot never missed the opportunity to get her hair done, as she took extreme pride in looking her best! Doris loved to travel, whether it was a tour of Europe, many trips to the Caribbean, driving across the country (on two separate occasions), or multiple cruises with her youngest daughter Lisa. Doris and Lisa became epic travel companions for over 15 years!
Doris (affectionally known as Hot Dot) loved her family more than life itself. She was a loving mother and grandmother to her five grandchildren, Cindy Jenkins, Kristy (Lynda) Lopez, Gustave Corey (Laura) Ploss, Katie Ploss, Cameron Ploss, and her great-grandchild, Cameron Chatfield.
Doris is survived by Denise Jones, Gustave David (Kathleen) Ploss, John Ploss, Lisa (Tom) Taylor, her dog Bear, and several grand dogs and grand cats. She is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Gustave George Ploss (2012), her parents, Lydia and Alfred Huard, and her siblings Gerard (Lillian) Huard, Roger (Lucille) Huard, and Pauline (Huard) Harris.
Doris spent the last five years of her life being cared for at her daughter and son-in-law's (Lisa and Tom) home while her granddaughter, Kristy, cared for her daily for several months at a time. Doris loved being with her family and her dogs. Doris loved her several German Shepherds over the years, a couple of goofy pugs (Dukie & Bear), cats, birds, and even a resident squirrel! Doris loved all animals, socializing, drinking vodka gimlets, and going to the movies with her best friend, Lulu, who are now together again. Doris was loved by her entire family and will be missed dearly.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, November 9th from 4-7pm at The Phaneuf Funeral Home & Crematorium, 243 Hanover Street in Manchester. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 10am in St. Anthony Church, 172 Belmont St., Manchester. Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Manchester. After services, family and friends are kindly invited to attend a luncheon at Belmont Hall in Manchester.