Doreen Gertrude May Willmer

Doreen Gertrude May Willmer

With sadness the family of Doreen announce her passing at Hillside Village, Salmon Arm, BC on Thursday evening February 16, 2012 at the age of 88 years, but we shall always celebrate her life with wonderful memories.

Doreen was born in Boscombe, Bournemouth, England on January 13, 1924 to parents Leonard and Emily Bray.  She had lived in Windsor, Ontario for 30 years before relocating to Salmon Arm in 1980.  Doreen was employed for many years at Karen’s Shoe Store in Windsor.  After moving to Salmon Arm Doreen was very involved in seeing the building of the new 5th Avenue Senior Centre & took part in many of their activities.  As well, she was a team member in canvassing the local businesses to having the fountain restored in Salmon Arm’s McGuire Lake.

Doreen was pre-deceased by her husband Herbert “Bert” in 2006, and by sisters Audrey and Gwen.  She is survived by her daughter, Ann Altmeyer of Salmon Arm, two grandchildren – Michelle (Steve) Donlick of South Carolina and Chris Altmeyer of Edmonton, Alberta, three great-grandchildren – Katarina, Rhiannon and Louisa, and by brother Ken (Barb) of Regina, Saskatchewan, and nieces and nephews.

As per Doreen’s wishes there will be no formal service.

Donations in memory of Doreen can be sent to the BC Heart and Stoke Foundation, PO Box 1141, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P3.

Online Condolences can be sent through Doreen’s Obituary at

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service and Crematorium, Salmon Arm, BC.

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