February 6, 1927 – August 3, 2009
Doris, mother, grandmother, and our best friend died peacefully at 12:25 a.m. on Monday, August 3.
It was a balmy summer night, with a full moon and a thousand stars blinking to celebrate this beautiful, elegant and kind woman’s end of life on earth.
Doris will be forever remembered by her hundreds of beautiful paintings that hang in galleries and homes all over the world. Her work is in private and corporate collections in Canada, U.S., Germany, Australia, New Zealand, England and Puerto Rico. She was a renowned artist and teacher for over 40 years. She received many awards for her work including the Governor General Award for ‘Exceptional Achievements in the Arts’ and was chosen as “Woman of The Year’ Balanced Life Award by the Thunder Bay Business Women’s Network in 1992.
Doris lived in Thunder Bay for over 30 years and thrived in the community as an artist, teacher and had many dear friends whom she stayed in touch with even after she moved. In 1994 she made her home in Powell River, B.C. to be closer to her family.
For the past two years, however, she lived happily at Berwick on the Lake in Nanaimo. She was loved and respected by all who knew her at Berwick and will be sadly missed by her friends and the staff. She was very happy there and loved to open her doors to her patio on the lake where she had a passionate connection with nature. She received the chance to carry on her gift by teaching an art class once a week to several residents at Berwick. Her sweetest reward was to see her students respond and achieve and she was always known for being positive and encouraging and making art fun and a wonderful learning experience. We all learned from her.
Her husband of 37 years Karl Kramer, grandson Ian Clarke, and son-in-law Geoff Clarke predeceased Doris. She will be forever loved and missed by daughter Iris (Rainer), grandchildren Luke (Stephanie) and Katie.
In her last letter to Iris she quoted:
“Some day I have to go, if it is not tomorrow
it will be another day.
I do not want to cause you sorrow
but it was my day to go”.