FLUMERFELT, Doris Alda (nee Johnson)

April 23rd, 1935 – October 4th, 1915

“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined;”

Doris was born April 23rd, 1935 in Sackville, New Brunswick to Stephen and Doris Johnson (nee Way). She was the third of their four children. She is survived by her sister Ruth Ferguson and predeceased by her brothers Stephen and Gary. The family moved quite a bit during her formative years, providing the perfect preparation for Doris’ future married life. In 1955, Doris married George Flumerfelt (predeceased 2009) and together they had four children: George (Trudy), Leslee Lingard (Bill), Ann Manshreck (John) and Laura Hudson (Bruce). George was a mining engineer which resulted in the family moving many times: Rouyn- Noranda, Esterhazy, Chibougamau, Loughrea (Ireland), Ratoath (Ireland), Campbell River and finally South Surrey. There were also many changes of houses within each town. Consequently, Doris became a model of efficiency. She made these moves seem effortless, despite having her young children underfoot. Wherever they lived, Doris would always dive in, fully embracing what each place had to offer. She had particularly fond memories of their time in Chibougamau raising her young family, and being honourary members of the Air Force Mess. Her time in Ireland afforded her the opportunity to experience a different culture while working on her golf game. She was Lady Captain at the Loughrea Golf Club and enjoyed the “great craic” of amateur theatrics and her hole-in-one at Royal Tara Golf Club. She also loved her retirement years in South Surrey, where she and George formed many friendships. These friendships helped sustain her during some difficult years when George was struggling with Alzheimers. She was always very appreciative of this support. It is impossible to mention “Dodie” and not mention her style. She would always be appropriately and stylishly dressed regardless of budget. Whether her brooch was made of solid gold or was from Woolworths, she wore it with the same panache. She had that fashion flair that is innate, that “je ne sais quoi”. She cherished her role as grandmother to Sarah, David, Katherine, Caroline, Siobhan and Emma. They have lost a great champion, whose love, affection and belief in them was immeasurable. Even when ill, Doris would “get up, dress up and show up”. It did not occur to her to do otherwise. She has been taken from us far too soon. We all expected that Dodie would make her century, such was her drive, her strength, her indomitable spirit. However, it was not to be as pancreatic cancer intervened. This is why we ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. A Celebration of Life will be held at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, 14831 – 28th Avenue, Surrey, BC V4P 1P3 on Monday October 12th at 1:30. Condolences may be offered at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 604-536-6522

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