Doris Jane Burrows (nee Archer)

December 24, 1941 – December 29, 2018
The family is saddened to report that Jane passed away peacefully at Hillside Village during the night of December 29 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimers.

Born in Kirkland Lake ON to Orval and Vera Archer, Jane was predeceased by her parents and by her brother Dean and sister Bettyann Elliott.

After her school years in N. Ontario, Jane went on to take a degree in Marketing Research at Ryerson in Toronto, and then decided to travel the world ending up in Vancouver where, while taking her teaching degree at UBC, she met the love of her life, Paul Burrows at the Dev Pub in 1968.

The pair were married in 1971 at St Mary’s Anglican in Kerrisdale followed by a raucous reception in the Medieval Inn in Gastown.

Paul, who was on the first ski patrol at the fledgling Whistler Resort, built his first cabin at Alta Lake (later Whistler) in 1969, and Jane and Paul moved in while Jane taught the primary grades at Signal Hill in Pemberton.

When the Myrtle Philip school opened in Alta Lake in 1973, Jane was in the first cohort of teachers to work there.

Together as an aside, the couple started Whistler’s first weekly newspaper, the Whistler Question in April 1976.

With no children of their own, (Jane claimed that she was mother to a score of 5 year olds every year!) the couple travelled extensively racking up an amazing 60 cruises in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

In 2000, both retired, they moved to Salmon Arm to begin a new life in their custom-designed lakeview home on 16 St SE.

With a long history of Alzheimers in her family, Jane was diagnosed with Familial AD in 2012, and in September 2016 the couple moved to Lakeside Manor. From there Jane moved to Ackerview Guesthouse in March 2018 and finally to Hillside Village in August.

Jane is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Paul, as well as nephews Doug, Peter and Brian Elliott, Dean Archer and niece Tracey Archer Keyes and sister-in-law Marilyn Archer all of Ontario.

There will be a service for Jane at Lakeside Manor at 1:30 pm on Thursday, January 10, with a further Celebration of Life and interment at Whistler sometime in April, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jane’s name to the Alzheimers Society of BC. or to Paul and Jane Burrows Endowment Fund c/o the Shuswap Community Foundation

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