Doris Free Gressitt

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Hall Funeral Home - Purcellville
140 S. Nursery Ave.
Purcellville, VA

February 12, 1923 ˜ December 4, 2018

Doris Free MacKellar Gressitt, of Purcellville, VA died December 4, 2018 in Leesburg, VA. She was born on February 12, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA to the late William Alan MacKellar and Mary Stewart Speers.
A 1941 graduate of Lower Merion High School, Doris studied voice at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory under Dr. Joseph Barone. After raising a family she resumed vocal studies under Saramae Hannon in Charleston, SC and later at Clark College in Vancouver, WA under David Murray.
Doris married John Gressitt on May 18, 1946 at the Memorial Church of St. Paul in Philadelphia, PA.
Always active in church, she authored an Altar Guild manuel while at the Church of the Holy Communion in Charleston, SC. Doris enjoyed historical research engaging in church history projects and genealogy. She was a longtime associate of the Community of the Holy Spirit (NYC); Daughters of the American Revolution; Friends of the Battle Ground Community Library; Clan Campbell, USA; Clan Sinclair, and the Southwest Washington State Branch of the Scottish Country Dancers USA.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Alexandra S. Gressitt of Purcellville, VA; granddaughter, Carina A. Gressitt of Vermont; and daughter-in-law, Gail M. Chase of Maine.
Predeceasing her was her husband, John Gressitt; son, Stevan E. Gressitt, MD; sister, Mabel Stewart MacKellar; and brother-in-law, Francis G. Cain, Jr.
A private graveside will be held at Historic Christ Church, Weems, VA.
Donations may be made to the Washington Talking Books and Braille Library, 2021 9th Ave., Seattle, WA 98121, to Friends of the Battle Ground Community Library, P.O. Box 2272, Battle Ground, WA 98604, or a .
Arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA.
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 23, 2018
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