August 31, 1935 – March 4, 2021
Doreen passed away very peacefully with her family by her side at Christine Morrison Hospice, after a very brave fight with her second round of lung cancer.
She was predeceased by her parents William and Gladys Shepherd, two brothers Ted and Bill Shepherd, sister Dorothy Simpson, sister-in-law
Gloria Shepherd, brother in law Donald Phelps, and her devoted husband Earl Phelps .
Doreen is survived by her daughters Wendy (Gordon ) and Kelly (Duane ); son Christopher (Tamara ); grandchildren Brenda (Ed ), Steven (Casandra), Joshua (Kayla ) and Ciarra (Brad); great granddaughter Amelia; and a precious new great grandchild due in four weeks, two nieces Diana and Karen Shepherd, that lived with Earl and Doreen for many years. As well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
To Doreen, volunteering in your community is a must. She was taught by her mother to always give back. The following is just a partial list of many worthwhile causes she contributed to: canvassing door to door for Salvation Army and BC Cancer Agency.
Every year she was involved in the poppy canvassing and making lunch for all of the volunteers that stood on the sidewalks. She was a sixty five year member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a thirty year treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion. She could also be found catering or serving at the many functions at The Mission Legion.
She belonged to the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary providing the entertainment at some of their banquets and fundraisers. She volunteered at the Stuart Pavilion ( The Residence in Mission ) and Pleasant View Housing Society.
She was one of the founding pageant coordinators for the Miss Mission Beauty Pageant. She was involved from the start of the program to the end. She was named to the Mission Pathfinders in 2003 and was awarded the honour of Mission Freeman in 2011. Doreen has also been a member of the Mission Arts Council for twenty years and the Mission Craft Market coordinator for twenty years She also found time to help out with the strata council at Edwards Estates where she lived .
Doreen and Earl travelled to many “sunny” destinations, as well as cruised to Mexico, Alaska, Panama Canal, and the Hawaiian Islands . Doreen also managed a trip to England to see her father’s birthplace.
After Doreen retired from working for thirty three years for Eaton’s department store in Mission and Sevenoaks in Abbotsford, she could be found attending any one of her grandchildren’s baseball, soccer, hockey, music recital, figure skating , horse show, and Christmas concerts .
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no celebration of life at this time. However, when the restrictions are lifted there will be a party. You all know Doreen loved a good party! Memorial donations in memory of Doreen, may be made to Mission Hospice Society or a charity of your choice.Obituary
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