DORIS Gleboff

Doris Gleboff was born on July 12, 1926 in Grand Forks, BC in the Doukhobor Community of “Bozhyo Dolina”, – translated ‘God’s Valley of the North Fork Area’ to the family of Ilarion and Polly Barisoff.  She was the youngest child of the family of four children, brother Fred and two sisters Lusha, who died in infancy and Elizabeth.  When Doris was a child, her family moved to the community of “Christovoye”, now known as “Outlook Distract” and shorthly after they moved again to the Sion area and settled in the Horkoff Village which was located in the lower part of the Spencer Hill area.Doris received her formal English education of seven grades at the Fructova School, which was located not far from their village.  The Russian language of reading and writing, she learned at a Russian School which was provided by the community.  Her Russian teacher was Vasyliy Balabanov.In her later years, Doris often reminisced about her happy childhood years, winter time sleighing down the Spencer Hill and going to community meeting where she learned many songs and enjoyed singing.  In her teens she was a member of a small choir, which was directed by the late John Perehudoff.  From a very young age, Doris took on responsibility, helped with the household chores, worked in the community gardens and fields of the Grand Forks Sunshine Valley and in the fields and fruit orchards of the Okanagan Valley.In 1948, Doris met a Saskachewan lad Paul Gleboff, who was visiting in Grand Forks, they fell in love and on November 28th, they were united in marriage.  Their life together began living some four years in Kamsack, Saskachewan.  Then in 1952 they returned to Grand Forks and purchased a small acreage not far from the village where Doris grew up.  Here they were blessed with three children; two sons; Steve and Frank and a daughter Lorri.  After some 15 years, the Gleboff family moved from the farm into town and finally to the Valmor area, where Doris lived the rest of her life.In 1975, her husband Paul was dealt with an extremely serious life-altering event where the end result was losing his eyesight.  Throughout the many years, Doris selflessly devoted her life to caring for her husband in all possible ways.  Together they maintained their household for their family.  She always found comfort in the closeness of her family and tried to pass on this concept to all her children.  She worked hard to raise her family and contributed to its welfare greatly with her many varied talents.  She was very accomplished in the art of quilting, knitting, sewing, weaving and crocheting and still found time for growing a beautiful and bountiful garden which she put to good use through canning and other food storage and preparation and shared they produce with neighbours and friends.Doris loved cooking and had a special touch in preparing delicious dished and together with her husband Paul always welcomed and entertained their many friends and relatives in their home.  Doris took pride in being a life-long member of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ and in her time actually participated in different activities.  She also always spoke kindly of her hare life in the original Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood. In 2007, Paul passed away and afterwards Doris lived on her own with the assistance of Home Support and her family.  Years took its toll and her health began to decline and at the end of December, she was admitted to Boundary Hospital.  Through some three week period there, her health deteriorated and on January 24, 2010, with the family and her close niece Helen Vereshagin by her side, Doris peacefully passed away.  She was 83 years of age. Doris was predeceased by her infant sister; Lusha, her parents; Larion and Polly Barisoff, her brother Fred, her husband Paul, with whom she lived 59 years and her sister Elizabeth Abetkoff.  She leaves behind to mourn her; three children, her oldest sonSteve and his wife Pam of Edmonton, her son Frank and his wife Joan of Grand Forks, her daughter Lorri and her husband William Bridger of Surrey, four grandchildren, Amy, James, Matthew and Timothy and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Doris was a gentle and a kind mother and grandmother, a lady who lived by a Doukhobor motto of “Toil and Peaceful Life”.  She will be sadly missed and foundly remembered by her family, Grandchildren, relatives and friends.Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Grand Forks Funeral Home of Grand Forks, BC.  A Service was held in her honor on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at the Grand Forks Funeral Home, Grand Forks, BC.  Burial took place at the USCC Sion Doukhobor Cemetery of Grand Forks, B.C.

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