It is with great sadness that the family of Doreen announce her peaceful passing on February 20, 2021, with family at her side.
Born in Vancouver, she lived in several locations in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, including various logging camps. As a young adult, Doreen worked for BC Tel as a telephone operator in Nanaimo and Vancouver.
Doreen married Lou Sunnus in 1954. They built a home beside the ocean in Yellow Point to raise their three children. Tragically, Lou died in a workplace accident in 1970. He remained the love of Doreen’s life. Staying at Yellow Point, Doreen continued to provide a home filled with love and happiness, where everyone was welcome.
Together with raising her family, Doreen’s most valued achievement was completing her Early Childhood Education diploma from Malaspina College. This allowed her to pursue her dream of educating children. She became Director of Malaspina Daycare in Nanaimo before moving to North Vancouver, working at Capilano Daycare until her retirement.
Doreen’s greatest joy was spending time with family and friends, and she always cherished those memories. She loved reading and poetry, which inspired her and furthered her enjoyment of nature. Her great sense of humour and love of laughter made her a joy to be around. She had a kind spirit and caring nature and was always ready to offer encouragement and support to others.
Doreen was predeceased by her husband, parents Eric and Marie, brothers Tom and Bill, and sister Shirley. She is survived by her children Larry (Debbie), Karen (Paul), Donna (Don); brother Allan (Barbara); grandchildren Michael (Sanja), Laura (Brad), Matthew; great-granddaughters Sofia, Mariana, Claire; and many nieces and nephews. She will be lovingly remembered by everyone that knew her.
Thanks to the staff at West Vancouver Care Centre and, more recently, Eden Gardens in Nanaimo, for their comforting care throughout Doreen’s final years.
“May the winds of love blow gently,
So, you can hear
That we will always love and miss you,
And wish that you were here.”
Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army Salvationarmy.ca; 1-800-725-2769).
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