Avis Voorhes Avis Bercin Voorhes, a world traveler and summer resident of Orleans, MA, for more than 50 years, died of pancreatic cancer November 26 in Stuart, Florida. She was 88. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, William Voorhes, in 2004. Avis was born in Armada, MI, where her immigrant parents ran a dry cleaning business. Upon receiving her BA from Michigan State University in 1950, Avis taught elementary school for five years in Michigan, Arizona and South Carolina. During this period, she also led bicycle trips through France and volunteered with the American Friends Service Committee in the post-war rebuilding efforts in Germany and the Netherlands. She next resided in Connecticut and then Michigan while raising her family. During the 1960s, she taught Head Start classes in Detroit, advocated for equal housing opportunities, and earned her Masters Degree in the Humanities from Wayne State University. Moving to Rhode Island in 1970, she substitute taught in the public schools, held leadership positions with the Citizens Scholarship Foundation and the League of Women Voters, led tours of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum and successfully ran for the East Greenwich, RI, school committee. In retirement, Avis and Will split their time between coastal Florida and Orleans. They volunteered with the International Executive Service Corps, serving in Rio de Janiero; Cairo; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and rural India. Avis also volunteered with the Martin County (FL) Democrats and literacy organizations. Avis loved to sail, bodysurf and entertain, and was a fierce competitor at golf, tennis, croquet, bridge and Scrabble. Throughout her seventies, she swam across Pilgrim Lake and kayaked in Little Pleasant Bay. Immediate survivors include her children Meg Voorhes (David Hauck) of Takoma Park, MD, David Voorhes (Ellie) of Boston, MA, Amy Voorhes (Selwyn Notelovitz) of Austin, TX, and John Voorhes (Teri) of Pacifica, CA. Survivors also include a sister, Peg Spencer, and nine grandchildren: Emily and Ava Hauck; Kate and Emma Voorhes; Sam, Ben and Will Notelovitz; and Robert and Max Voorhes.