Doris Alma Lunn
April 18, 1920 – November 14, 2018
Doris was born in Castor, Alberta. Her Mom was born in the Ukraine and her Dad was a farmer, born in Austria. They immigrated to Canada to escape the Russian Revolution of 1917, settled first in Calgary and then in Castor, Alberta. The Dunkles had 5 children – 1 boy and 4 girls. Their only son died in a flu epidemic. The 4 sisters – Ella, Doris, Maurie and Irene moved to Vancouver with Mom and Dad, eventually settling in Vancouver’s Kitsilano district. All the sisters were active in sports, playing tennis and softball. Doris’ dream was to be a ballerina and a dancer with the Novikov Ballet School. She attended Henry Hudson Elementary School and Kits Secondary High School. After Grade 10 she enrolled at Pitman Business College and began her business education. Sisters Ella, Maurie and Irene all married and moved to California to raise their families.
Doris was an individualist with a wonderful free spirit. From the time she was sixteen and had her first job at Peerless Laundry and later Office Manager at Forsts Furniture, she knew that she wanted to be a woman in what was indisputably a man’s world. She loved numbers and was a meticulous bookkeeper. She became Assistant Accountant and Office Manager at Crown Cartage and Warehousing and then Straits Towing, moving to BC Marine Shipbuilders where she worked for 30 years, retiring at 67.
Doris was an amazing woman who made us stop and look at life a little differently. She was an independent and thoughtful thinker, who when she made her mind up was unlikely to change it.
She met her husband Jimmy at a dance party in 1941 and they married at the Westpoint Grey United Church 3 years later and lived in a suite at her parent’s home. When a group of friends started settling on the North Shore, Jimmy and Doris moved to West Vancouver and built a little bungalow with a swimming pool on a big lot. More friends followed, and they all joined the new North Shore Winter Club. Together they played tennis, started curling and took up golf. And they partied and danced and became lifelong friends. Doris and Jimmy’s 4 miniature black poodles Sammy, Cindy, Spook and Jazz were their children. Jimmy passed away in 1982 after a long battle with cancer.
Doris had 2 surgeries after a car accident, but it never slowed her down. She loved to garden, travel and play bridge. She took many trips to Europe, Asia and Hawaii. She was an Opera buff. She curled until she was 80 and golfed until she was 90 and she was still playing bridge with her friends.
Doris had a strong network of supportive family and friends who loved her unconditionally. Her mind was sharp, and she inspired us. She believed that the aches and pains of aging were outweighed by the benefits of getting old. She’d seen it all, lived it all, felt it all and loved to share with us what she’d learned. She had the personal insight that comes with decades of experience. Perhaps that was her secret. Doris loved to reflect on the years gone yet she lived in the present, looking forward to the future, however short it may be. She loved to share her wisdom and offer advice.
She embraced technology and maintained her self-determination and independence. She insisted in having a say in how she wanted to live and how she wanted to see out her days. Doris had a wonderful quality of life and she grew old gracefully. She used the lessons she’d learned in life to make a difference in ours.
Doris: You have left your family and friends in BC, Alberta and California an incredible legacy of love and respect. You have touched so many lives and will live in our hearts forever!
In lieu of flowers, an expression of sympathy may be made and shared with her family at, www.MeM.com
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Doris Alma Lunn 2018..