Violet Dora, age 70, of Saranac Lake, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 surrounded by her family.
Born in Saranac Lake, New York on June 1, 1949, she was the daughter of Hubert and Grace (Ratelle) St. John. Violet, married Robert Dora, Sr. on Sept. 17, 1966 at the First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake.
Violet worked as a chambermaid for many years for several area hotels including Gauthiers Motel in Saranac Lake and the Lake Placid Lodge. She was an avid fisherman and loved to camp with her family. Violet loved her dogs dearly, especially Cha Cha.
She is survived by her husband Robert, one son Robert (Shannon) Dora, Jr. of Lake Clear and one daughter Margaret (Michael) Harding of North Myrtle Beach, SC, four grandchildren Savannah (Timothy) Stewart, Kayla Latham, Samantha Dora and Kyle (McKayla) Dora, six great grandchildren, Maiya, Aubrey, Aria, Dawson, Khloey, and Gracelynn, four sisters Margaret Kilburn of Saranac Lake, Patricia (Bobby) Ecret of Saranac Lake, Terry (Chris) Isele of FL and Heidi Coventry of Nashville, Tennessee, one brother Raymond St. John of Saranac Lake and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers Arthur St. John, and Hubert St. John, Jr.
Calling hours will take place at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 6 p.m. with Rev. Eric Olsen officiating. A reception will follow at the Saranac Lake Moose Club. The family asks that you wear flannel shirts and jeans in honor of Violet to Friday’s service. Burial will take place in St. John’s Cemetery in Lake Clear in the spring.
Friends wishing to remember Violet Dora may make memorial contributions to Tri-Lakes Humane Society or Hospice in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can share their memories and sign the online guest book at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.