May 11, 1929 – August 29, 2020
Doris Murray passed away peacefully at Langley Memorial Hospital in Langley, BC on August 29, 2020, at the age of 91 years.
Doris was born May 11, 1929 to Wasyl (William) and Polly Jmieff in Verigin, Saskatchewan. She was the fifth of seven children.
She grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan where they lived a hard and simple life. Living on a farm presented many challenges to which she was no stranger to hard work.
Doris also attended grade school. Russian was her mother tongue and she learned to speak English at school and with the help of her father at home.
In the early 1950’s, the family moved to Grand Forks, BC. Doris worked as a bookkeeper at a gas station. After work one day, her future husband, Bruce Murray, offered to walk her home. Their courtship began and they would then marry on May 9, 1959, at the Oddfellows Hall in Grand Forks. They
were blessed with three daughters – Darlene, Linda and Sherri.
Doris had a love for music. She taught herself to play the guitar and enjoyed harmonizing with her sisters. At home, Doris always had the radio on and would hum and sing along while doing her housework.
Doris worked at various jobs until her retirement. Some of those included a dental assistant, bookkeeper for an automotive business, and eventually working at Maddocks shoe store where she became manager.
In the early 1970’s, Doris and Bruce purchased Maddocks and Murray’s Shoes was born. She enjoyed serving her customers near and far and had the gift of gab. Doris served the community for over 20 years before retiring in 1997.
Doris was never one to shy away from a discussion on politics. She loved a lively debate and was always aware of what was occurring in the world.
During her retirement years Doris spent a lot of time travelling between Calgary and Langley visiting her children and grandchildren. She had five grandchildren whom she treasured. Although there was great distance between them, she had a strong and close bond with each and every one of
She was also fortunate to have travelled to Portugal, Morocco, throughout Canada and the United States. In June 2011, temporal arteritis would take Doris’ vision. This was a difficult hardship but her strong personality would lead her through it with grace.
For the remainder of her life, she resided at the Fort Langley Seniors Community where she partook in their music program and where most everybody there knew her love for music.
Doris was predeceased by her parents, William and Polly, her husband Bruce, three brothers Billy, Pete, and John, and three sisters Pauline, Ida and Marie.
She is survived by three daughters, Darlene (Larry) Guy and Sherri (Victor) Kalmakoff of Calgary, Linda (Carlos) del Aguila of Langley, and five grandchildren Michael, Carlos Jr., Ariana, Jessica and Nathan.
The family would like to thank the Fort Langley Seniors Community for their care of Doris during her time there, Reverend Gerry Foster for guiding the service, Judy Foster for singing, Lorraine Barg for her accompaniment and Deborah of the Grand Forks Funeral Home for her assistance and support.
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