Doris E. Bogues

On Wednesday morning, July 29th, 2020, Doris E. Bogues passed away, peacefully, in her sleep after a brief illness.

On March 3,1944 around 4pm, the Shepperson and Vaughan family welcomed a baby girl, Doris Elaine Shepperson, (affectionately known as “Cookie”) into the world. She stayed at the Vaughan household until she was about 2 1/2 years old, then going to her grandmother, Dolly Shepperson’s home in Fitzhugh, VA where she grew up and attended Poplar Mount Baptist Church, James A. Green and Greentown Elementary Schools and James Solomon Russell High School. She sang in the Jr. choir and attended Sunday school and church services at Poplar Mount as a youngster.

In high school, she worked in the cafeteria, to help defer the cost of lunch. Upon graduation from high school, Doris moved to Cambridge, MA with her aunt Grace and her family, where she found jobs and took a short course in secretarial studies. Some of the jobs she held were working at a Venetian blind factory, a dispatcher at MA General Hospital, 3 different office jobs at First National Bank of Boston, secretarial jobs at Sears Roebuck, Commonwealth of MA taxation department, and 32 years at Harvard Business School as a staff assistant, from which she retired. At MA General Hospital she met her husband and the father of her 4 children, changing her name to Doris Elaine Bogues in 1963. Taking care of her children was her priority.

Her favorite pastimes were crossword puzzles, computer games, the lottery and live Bingo games, which seemed to pay off when needed.

She leaves to mourn her passing, a longtime companion, James Dunston, Jr., her 4 children and spouses, Cynthia Bogues Sellers (David), Wanda Alves (Mark), Loretta Wallace (Trevor), Charles F. Bogues, 4 grandchildren, Mark and Iris Alves, Charles Bogues Tibbs, Rachel (deceased) and Christian Wallace, 4 great grandchildren, Julian, Sariah, Cali and Xavier Alves, close family friend Sherri Tibbs, close sister-in-law, Vivian Mercer Wilson and a host of beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Celebration of Life event to be held at a later date.


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  1. Dorothy Avens on August 5, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    I will miss Doris. She would call me and kept me up with what was happening in Virginia. Love her she did like bingo I know. She love her children. May she Rest In Peace. We are cousins.

  2. Mary Phyllis Baker on August 5, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    As cousin, friend, classmates through high school, I will miss Doris, she was a sweet and caring person. She was very thoughtful of family and friends in Virginia. I will cherish many fond memories of Doris. Sending condolences to family. Love you all.

  3. Brenda Gillus Woody on August 5, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    The last time I saw cousin Doris was a 3rd Sunday in August almost 10 years ago, she stopped by we were sitting on the porch and we all had our familiar conversations and good time. I know she will truly be missed, but she’ll always be looking out for her family. Rest well cousin.

  4. Thelma North on August 5, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    I REMEMBER HER KNITTING Christmas gifts for all of her sisters in laws ,she was always a great cheerful person ,she will be missed never forgot ten just like having another sister ,rest you have earned it

  5. Chyrel Christian on August 6, 2020 at 12:27 am

    Aunt Doris was a major part of my childhood and teenage life even when I became an adult and moved away I would visit and she was always happy to see me she took me to my first bingo game which I enjoyed she will truly be missed but never forgotten

  6. Michelle on August 6, 2020 at 1:20 am

    To the family… we are praying for you and asking God to cover each and everyone of you during this time! Our sincere condolences!
    The Cotton Family

  7. Nichole on August 6, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Doris such a beautiful and sweet spirit.. I have great memories spent at her home. Rest peacefully xo Prayers for my Aunt, Uncle and Cousins & their family. I love you.

  8. lyn levy on August 6, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    She made wonderful things happen even when it was hard. A special, caring woman who helped so many people. Lyn

  9. Kamesa Lee on August 6, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Although I never had an opportunity to meet your mother, you are family to my sisters and I and have been for many many years. I can’t imagine how incredibly hard this is for you all. I will continue to lift you guys in prayer as you try to get through this extremely difficult time. May the Lord bless Ms. Doris as she is no longer suffering and provide comfort to each of you as you try to carry on without her. ❤️❤️

  10. Mark A. Velasquez on August 6, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Mrs. Bogues was always warm & inviting whenever YOU entered HER home & was ALWAYS full of joy & encouragement…..I’M a friend of Charles Bogues Jr. ……HER light will always shine with ME…..I hope 2 see YOU when I get there…..LOVE ALWAYS!!!!! ❤️

  11. Nannette Ashe on August 6, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    I am so blessed to have known Doris. She made me feel like family whenever I visited her home. I’ll miss our intimate conversations and her warm smile. However, her presence will live on. My deepest condolences to her family.

  12. Sheila House on August 6, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    I am truly going to miss my aunt Doris.
    We kept in touch a lot before she became ill, she would let me vent to her, she gave me good advice when I needed it. She was loving, caring, a all around beautiful person. I will never forget the time I live with her in my cousins in Boston, memories I will always cherish. She was my only aunt on my father side, she was very special to me, we had a lot in common so we also had fun when we were together. I will miss her much, I have my beautiful memories to take comfort in, that’s something no one can take from me.
    Rest in Paradise auntie, Love you

  13. Michelle, Tyrone, Shane, and Kendall on August 7, 2020 at 12:12 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss cousin Doris.

    May God bless and comfort your family during this difficult time.

  14. Melinda Brown on August 7, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    My Condolences to the family ♥️

  15. Cassandra Morgan ( Sandy Gooding) and Family on August 7, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    I will always remember Mrs. Bogues as a lady who remained calm and respectful to everyone. My sisters and I grew up next door to the family. We spent as much time at their house as we did our own. I am sending prayers up for her children and grandchildren as they process the loss of their mom in physical form.

    I will miss Mrs. Bogues and will hold memories of my time with her forever. She was too kind to tell me and my sister that we could not go along with her and her four kids. We all packed in the car, that would be six kids in a small car.

    with respect, love and condolences.

  16. LaVerne and Chauncey on August 8, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Doris has always been a breath of fresh air and an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.

  17. Cynthia B. Sellers on August 9, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    I will miss my mom, everyday. One of the many things that I loved about her was he dedication to her children. She would fight to the death for us. She would fight to the death for yours, too.
    There were times she would get out of bed to pick us up from parties, nearby or even out of state. She would help someone else’s child because she hated seeing a kid in need. She believed in paying it forward, karma and continued blessings. I am glad that I shared time on this earth with her. See you next lifetime, Gurl!

  18. Ellen Walker-Rabell on August 10, 2020 at 4:23 am

    Blessings, peace and comfort to the Bogues family. My prayers are with you as you grieve your loss. Dories was a wonderful friend as well as a 1962 JSR classmate. When I visited Boston, she gave my husband and me a guided tour of the city and she gracefully opened her home to us Doris was faithful in attending our high school reunions and she was always actively involved with the organizing process. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have been in the presence of one who unselfishly gave so much without seeking a return. I will miss our emails and our talks, but I will hold fond memories of our friendship.

  19. Jacqueline Myers on August 14, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Mrs. Bogues, You were a great mom to my best friend, Cynthia “Samm” and her siblings.

    I remember many of a days when you and I would meet up and to go play BINGO together at various locations throughout Boston. I really enjoyed seeing you play, intently focused on ALL your BINGO cards and helping me to watch mine too! I especially enjoyed seeing you win with a BIG grin on your face and even if you didn’t win, you still had a smile on your face and said we’d try again! Thank you for those good times and memories!

    May you forever be a winner in heaven!

  20. Kevin Tate on August 20, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Mrs Bogies was a wonderful woman rest in peace

  21. Eileen Cain on August 25, 2020 at 11:04 am

    To describe her as a rare find is an understatement! She was a true lady, so soft spoken and kind with a smile and laugh that would light up the world. When I was younger Loretta and I would be out late having fun and wake up to the most amazing pancake and bacon breakfast! She would stand in the kitchen and we chat for hours. No doubt the thought I was silly as all heck but she always welcomed me with open arms. When she took I’ll and I would see her she would never miss an opportunity to ask about my children Julia and Dan. Dan got to see her more as of recent and not one visit went by that she didn’t call him “handsome” and “nice boy”.
    I truly believe the world would be a better place is we could all be like Doris. As of recent I was challenged with some thing. I was ready to strike back. But instead I thought BLD (BLD). I will do my best to do that in her honor. ❤️

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