July 12, 1924 ~ August 17, 2015
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. In 2013, she was predeceased by Laurence, her husband of 64 years. Doreen is survived by her son, Larry Garland (Patricia); her daughter, Diane Blackburn (Thomas); her granddaughter, Lindsey Blackburn (Ryan Orr), her grandson, Ryan Blackburn (Claire) and great grandson, Ewan. Also left to mourn are nephew, Ken Bell (son Stephen); nephew Peter Bosko and cousins, Linda Chorney and Sandra White. Although many years of work, travel, crafts and cooking brought her great joy, her priority was always looking after her family and spending time with friends. She lived a full life, loved to learn and had a wonderful repertoire of sayings that would make everyone laugh. She was deeply loved by her family and friends. Tenderly known as “Gran”, we all have many fond memories of her spirit of giving and her dedication to our Dad.
Our most sincere thanks and appreciation go to the dedicated staff at Wexford Creek Assisted Living Facility, whose outstanding care and support made Mom’s final years most enjoyable. Our heartfelt thanks also go to Dr. R. Love, her physician of over 20 years, for his constant care and attention. The Palliative Care Unit at NRGH was instrumental in making Mom’s last days peaceful and dignified.
A private family gathering will be held after internment in the family plot at the Nanaimo City Cemetery. No Service by request.