Thursday, April 24, 2014
BANGOR — For Jacquelyn ''Jackie'' Doll, attitude was everything.
Her son Shawn Doll said his mother's favorite poem was ''Attitude,'' by Charles Swindoll.
She encouraged him to print copies of the poem -- which reads in part, ''The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day'' -- and hand them out to the group of people he manages.
''Her positive attitude was the foundation which she was built upon and she never wavered at any point,'' he said. She passed that wisdom on to anyone who would listen.
Mrs. Doll died Wednesday at age 62.
After attending the Husson College School of Business, she began working at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. She left her mark on the hospital during her 40-year career, which ended when she retired in April after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Mrs. Doll worked in the workers' compensation department for Eastern Maine Healthcare Services under the direction of Cheryl Russell.
Russell, who knew Mrs. Doll for 10 years, said she was one of the most caring and passionate people she knew. ''Everyone who came in contact with her immediately liked her. Her smile was infectious and it was genuine,'' Russell said.
During her career, Mrs. Doll was active in various committees and employee initiatives. She worked on the ''Move and Improve'' initiative, employee health and wellness activities, and the rewards and recognition committee, honoring employees who went above and beyond their duties.
Mrs. Doll didn't need a committee to recognize employees. She made everyone she worked with feel special, Russell said.
She said Mrs. Doll would walk with a group around the hospital campus at noontime, and find a common thread to make conversation with everyone.
''It was never about her; she did everything selflessly and worked honestly,'' Russell said.
She met her husband, Richard Doll, when she was 15 years old and they got married six years later. They recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.
Richard Doll described his wife as bubbly, courageous, loving and caring. ''She was the finest person you'd ever want to meet in your life,'' he said.
Her son said his parents were inseparable, which would explain why Mrs. Doll followed her husband to Canada for a fishing trip.
It was her first or second time joining him, Richard Doll said. Just as they stepped into the cabin, she spotted a bat hanging in the kitchen.
''She let a scream out of her. She turned to run and when she did, her feet were going, but she wasn't,'' her husband said, laughing at the memory.
The happiest day of her life was most likely the day her only grandchild, Arria Doll, was born, her son said.
She met her son in the parking lot of Waldo County General Hospital on the day of her granddaughter's birth. She told him she could hardly sleep all night because of her excitement, he said.
''It was probably one of the happiest days of my life to come out and yell, 'It's a girl,' and see her literally jump three feet off the ground and run into my arms,'' he said. ''She didn't show her emotions like that, but that was the one day she did.''
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