Doris H. Naron, 84

Factory worker, teacher

April 02, 2007

Doris Hament Naron, who worked in a factory during World War II and later became an elementary school teacher, died Tuesday at her home in Florida after a series of mini-strokes. She was 84.

Doris Hament was born and raised in Baltimore, where she graduated from Forest Park High School. When World War II broke out, she went to work in overalls -- which she saved as a keepsake for many years afterward -- at the Glenn L. Martin Co. She was a rivet inspector.

She met her husband, Sylvan Jacob Naron, while working at the factory. For many years she was the "ultimate PTA mom," volunteering at her two children's Baltimore schools and at the Miriam Lodge, a women's philanthropic group, said her son Steven Naron of Potomac.

But when her sons went off to college, so did she. She attended Towson University, then called Towson State Teachers College. She graduated with honors when she was 50 and became a third-grade teacher, spending most of a decade at Wellwood Elementary School in Pikesville.

"She was a force of nature and a real teacher," said her son.

After she retired in the early 1980s, Mrs. Naron and her husband divided their time between homes in Pikesville and Hollywood Beach, Fla. The coupled traveled to Asia, Europe, Mexico and Canada. Mrs. Naron was also an avid reader and a passionate bridge and mah-jongg player. She continued playing bridge until two weeks ago, when she could no longer see the cards.

A memorial service was held Friday.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by another son, Paul Naron of Florida, and six grandchildren.

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