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Elva Doreen Hawkins
December 28, 2023
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On December 28, 2023, our Heavenly Father invited E. Doreen Hawkins to rest from her labor to reward. Born on December 14, 1930 Doreen was the youngest child of Gilbert and Violet Layne. She was raised in Cambridge along with her elder brothers, Chestly and Clyde (both predeceased).
Doreen attended the Houghton Elementary School and Cambridge Latin, both in Cambridge, MA. In 1949, after graduation she began working at B. F. Goodridge, a sneaker company, until 1969. She then took the opportunity to work for the United States Postal Service at South Station from where she retired in 1995.
In 1955, Doreen married Charles Hawkins and from this union her beloved only son was born. Warren describes his mom as a loving and caring person who made sure he lacked for nothing. She loved to cook; her delicious favorite meal was rice and peas, fried chicken and yams.
In 1991, Lucille Linton, Doreen’s childhood best friend invited her to St. Paul AME Church. Doreen became a member and served faithfully in many capacities. She worked with the Food Pantry until 2000, as a Steward for many years, Stewardess on Lillian L. Hurley Board No. 2 and as a Missionary on the Margaret Hazel Missionary Society where she served as Treasurer for many years. Doreen also was the point person for transportation when members travelled to support church events. Most notably was when she helped to organize a group of seniors to attend President Obama’sinauguration in Washington, DC. It was a memorable time.
After worship on Sundays, Doreen and a few of her church sisters extended their fellowship to the S & S Restaurant in Cambridge. Words that describe Doreen include faithful, loving, enthusiastic, stubborn, dependable, and honest. She was a unique individual. Her favorite song was “God is a Good God” which she sang with her all her heart and waved her hand in adoration to God.
Predeceased are her parents and siblings. Doreen leaves to celebrate her legacy, her only son Warren Hawkins of New York, nephew: Rev. Milton Thomas (Jo) of Nashua, NH, cousins: Vivian Johnson (Stanley) of Stow, MA, and Aidan Alleyne (Val) of Brockton, MA, Teresa Hawkins of Beacon,NY and a host of other family and friends.
Doreen has fought a good fight and she has finished her course.