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Doris E. Bullis
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Mrs. Doris E. Bullis, 77, passed away peacefully, with her loved ones by her side, on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare.

Doris was born on May 5, 1939, in Governeur, NY, a daughter of the late Herman and Eva (Spencer) Niebuhr. She was a graduate of New Hartford Senior High School. On September 27, 1958, at the Messiah United Church of Christ in Washington Mills, Doris was joined in marriage to Bernard “Bernie” Bullis. The couple enjoyed fifty-two loving years together. Her beloved Bernie passed away on July 17, 2009. Doris was a devoted parishioner of Messiah United Church and in earlier years very active in youth fellowship.

Doris cherished her family above all else and took on the role of mother at an early age. Together with her husband, they created a loving home for their children, rich in tradition and legacy.

She will be sadly missed by her five children, Jeffrey L. Bullis and Chris Barry of Utica, Debra C. and Ernie Lamoree of New Hartford, Brenda D. and Robert DeLaCruz of Albany, Gary E. Bullis of Washington Mills, and Daryl R. Bullis of Somerville, MA; her cherished grandchildren, Chris and Soleil Witzigman, Kourtney Bullis and Benny Grullon, John Bullis, David Bullis, Robert, Alana, and Maia DeLaCruz; three great grandchildren, Landon, Emmitt, and Wyatt; her beloved canine companion, Penny; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Fred Niebuhr, William and Sharon Niebuhr; brother-in-law, Mo Eghigian; and also many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her beloved son, Steven “Ernie” Bullis, who was always close to her heart; her brothers, Edward, Robert, and twin brother, David Niebuhr; and her sister, Margaret Eghigian.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Celebration of Life at Messiah United Church of Christ in Washington Mills on Thursday at 2 p.m. Private interment will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., at Mohawk St., Utica.

In memory of Doris, please consider donations to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Boston at or donations may be made at the funeral home.

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
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So very sorry for your loss. My prayers go out for all of you. Have so many fond memories with the Bullis family.

Written by Tom Diefenbacher
2017-01-10 1:52:57 AM

Many fond and dear memories of Aunt Dodo .... her spirit will live in our hearts forever. Thoughts and prayers are with you 💖

Written by Michele Niebuhr
2017-01-10 2:01:19 AM

We feel honored to have shared time and laughter with the loving family that she gave the world. Each child carrying on the kindness and generous nature that came from her heart. We are so saddened by her loss, but grateful for the love and joy she left for all of us.

Written by Bill Giering
2017-01-10 2:48:27 PM

Daryl & Family, What a lovely tribute to your Mother. May the celebration of her life among loved ones and friends provide comfort to all those she left behind. She will no doubt continue to live in your fond memories, in her influence on you and possibly in little things you do every day that bring her to mind. You are in my thoughts, Claire

Written by Claire Gosselin
2017-01-10 7:53:37 PM

Hi Linda. I bet you landed during our Choralies, a joyous choral festival that happens every three years. This year there were 5000 choristes, as nearly as many as there are Vanosinais. It’s joyous, yes, but it keeps us locals safe at home.

Written by Betsy Betsy
2017-02-14 2:47:05 PM