Portland - Doris E. LeClaire Allen, 88, of Chebeague Island died November 5, 2005 at Mercy Hospital following surgery. Born September 28,1917 in Boston, MA, she was the only child of William F. and Elizabeth Moran Drummey. She graduated from South Boston High School in 1935. In 1942 she married David J. LeClaire and in 1944 they purchased a home in Upton, MA where they raised their family before moving to North Yarmouth, Maine in 1961. They moved to Chebeague Island in 1967 to fulfill her dream of living on an island. Her husband David passed away December 12, 1973. She married Dr. Clayton H. Allen December 7, 1981 and they lived in Cambridge, MA. until his retirement, when they returned to her home on Chebeague Island. Her husband Clay predeceased her on August 25, 2004.
In the 1960's Doris became a passionate proponent of the Objectivist philosophy and it's creator Ayn Rand. In the following years she was a familiar voice to many radio talk show hosts and their listeners in the Northeast as she called frequently to chime in on current events, politics and philosophy. Early on she was given the nickname "The Queen of Chebeague" by a fellow listener and she even received mail simply sent to The Queen, Chebeague Island. Until her death, she continued to be an articulate, educated advocate of individualism, freedom, capitalism and the values this country was built on. She was tireless in her mission to remind all of us that we are all responsible for our own lives, that government was created solely to protect us from force and that freedom is not free; we have a duty to preserve and protect our liberty, our country and our way of life against those who envy our freedom and wish our nation harm. One of her greatest pleasures was that she lived long enough to see the idea of Chebeague Island's secession finally gain momentum some 35 years after she and her husband David first advocated it.
Doris is survived by her daughter Debbie and husband Mark Storms, her son Bruce and wife Irene LeClaire; her daughter Cynthia, her son Jeffrey and wife Patricia LeClaire, her grandchildren Jaye-Allison and husband Bill Winkel, Rick and wife Vicki Nunan, Kristen, Renee LeClaire, David LeClaire, Dirck Storms, Rachel and her husband Bryon Hutter; and her great grandsons Brendan, Evan, Collin and Justin Winkel.
Per her request, there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory for Secession, Chebeague Island Community Association, c/o Cheryl Stevens, 278 South Road, Chebeague Island, Maine 04017 or to the Chebeague Island Council, memo Samaritan Fund, c/o Gail Miller, Treasurer, PO Box 12, Chebeague Island, Maine 04017.