Doris Sibley, 85, lover of life’s simple pleasures

It is with great sadness that the family of Doris Sibley announces her passing on March 12, 11 years to the day that her beloved husband Fred also passed.

Doris, 85, of Greenwich, passed away at Greenwich Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the cherished wife of the late Frederic Grant Sibley to whom she had been married for over 50 years. Bert and Moof, together again forever.

Born in Southbridge, Mass., Doris was the daughter of the late Wilbrod and Alma Brousseau Paul, sister of the late Rachel Laliberte and Lorraine Taylor, and brother to Edward Paul who survives her.

She grew up in Southbridge and graduated from Mary E. Wells High School where she became friends with the class extrovert, none other than Fred Sibley. Fred and Doris married right after Fred graduated from Columbia University and started his lifelong career with Dow Jones, Inc., in New York City.

Work related transfers took them to Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, and back to New York City, where they happily settled in Greenwich in the home they loved so dearly “on the hill” at 215 Milbank Avenue, with the five children they had along the way. They so enjoyed their life together there for the next 40 years, as their family grew to include four son-in-laws and nine grandchildren.

Doris was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family truly came first, and her children always felt like the luckiest kids in the world to have her as their mom. Doris is survived by three of her daughters, Persis Merritt and her husband Preston of Trumbull, Justine Tully of Greenwich, Perrin Galli and her husband Joseph of Warwick, R.I., and her son Frederic Sibley of the Florida Keys. Her daughter, Sarah Jura (husband Walter) of Forest Hill, Md. predeceased her in 2007.

She was known as Grandma to her nine beloved grandchildren, Erin, Courtney, and Preston Merritt, Patrick, Jason, and Ryan Jura, Lindsey and Chelsea Galli and her beloved and devoted grandson Jimmy Tully of Greenwich. She recently became a Great-Grandma to five-month old Henry Locke Jura.

Her love of life’s simple pleasures could turn even the most ordinary of events into great fun. Everything and everyone was special. She loved family time on their front porch, those gorgeous sunset rides on the Great Captain’s Island ferry, and holidays when the family from far and wide would gather, especially Christmas-time, where the house would be full of love, decorations, food, and presents, a tradition that continues in each of her children’s lives. Her beautiful smile, laughter, kindness, and love will be greatly missed by all who loved and cherished her.

In Doris’s memory we ask that you do a simple act of kindness to a stranger, even if it is just a smile or a friendly hello.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.


—by the family

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