Eileen T. Ambrose Dougherty


May 24, 1929 - July 31, 2012

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Eileen “Lee” T. Ambrose Dougherty, 83, died July 31, at Emeritus of Roanoke. Lee was born June 24, 1929, and raised in Bangor, Maine.

She was a 1951 graduate of the University of Maine, with a degree in Education, and became a physical education teacher.

Lee was a loving mother and wife, raising four children with her husband, William “Bill” Dougherty, to whom she was married for 31 years. They lived in Salem, Massachusetts; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Schenectady, New York; before finally settling in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1974.

She also taught swimming, was an avid golfer and bridge player, and volunteered more than 10,000 hours at Lewis Gale Medical Center over a period of 26 years.

Lee was a devoted communicant of Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church.

Lee was predeceased by her husband – William Dougherty, parents - James R. and Helen Ambrose, sister and brother-in-law - Ellen Jean and Ira Scanlin, brothers – William and Thomas Ambrose, brother-in-law Bob Chaplin (Betty), and brother-in-law – John Brimmer (Lucille).

She is survived by her brother James and his wife Virginia Ambrose, sister Betty Chaplin, sister-in-law Joan Ambrose (William), sister-in-law Lucille Dougherty Brimmer (John), brother-in-law Hugh “Sonny” and his wife Zulene Dougherty, and her four children and their spouses: Cathy and Hal Brown, Carol Piccolo, Jim and Cathy Dougherty, and Steve and Marcia Dougherty. Lee is also survived by ten grandchildren: Tom (wife Caryn), Mike, Jeff, and Chelsea Brown; Jessica, Matthew and Andrew Piccolo; Jennifer, Thomas, and Nicholas Dougherty; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Lee's family would like to acknowledge and thank the staffs of Emeritus of Roanoke, Lewis Gale Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.


The family will be happy to receive visitors at Oakey's South chapel on Brambleton Ave. from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Thursday August 3rd.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church at 11:00 AM. Friday, August 3rd, preceded by an hour of visitation. The Rev. Msgr. Joseph Lehman will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Andrew's Diocesan Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel