Doreen Dever passed away peacefully on July 21, 2013 at Ridgeview Lodge in Kamloops, BC. Doreen was predeceased by her husband Vern (1921-2012) and is surived by her children Judy (late John Treherne), Terry (Lucy) and Ross (Nora); her grandchildren Kerri, Patricia, Deborah, Jeremy, Kimberly, Michael, Nathan, Bridget; and great grandchildren Delphi, Danika and Luc.
Born in Swift Current, SK to Cecil Edwin Nelson and Olga Ellevine Hanson, Doreen and her brother Cyril lost their mother and sister Lenore at an early age. They went to live with her Aunt Minnie Knowles in Moose Jaw and later stayed with the Devers to attend Gull Lake High School. After finishing high school Doreen completed nurses training; and, on October 2, 1943 she married her high school sweetheart, Vernon Dever. Vern and Doreen returned to Gull Lake to farm and raise their family in the Ear View District.
In Gull Lake, Doreen was very active in United Church Womens’ Organizations, Music Association, Home and School Assocation and the Royal Purple Lodge. She played the bass drum in Vern’s bands and sang and performed in Music Association operettas.
After moving to B.C. in 1964 the family lived in Sorrento and Kamloops. Doreen and Vern operated the Kamloops Music Box for several years. After selling this business, they returned to Sorrento to enjoy retirement. Doreen’s leadership skills were quickly put to work in the Sorrento O.A.P.O and other community groups.
For the last six years, Doreen and Vern enjoyed living at Berwick on the Park in Kamloops. Just recently, Doreen moved to Ridgeview Lodge for the additional care available there. Doreen will be remembered by those who knew her for her quiet and supportive good nature and ready smile.
The family would like to thank the staff at Berwick on the Park and Ridgeview Lodge for their loving care of Doreen. In memorium, please consider making a donation to the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive, Kamloops BC.