We Remember

SPALL, Doris Eveline

March 29, 1922 — April 7, 2013

Independent lady, Mother, Friend, Grandma, Friend, Great Grandma, Aunt, Friend and Cat Fancier died in the early hours of Sunday, April 7th. She was 91.

Born in Armstrong, the youngest of four daughters, Doris lived in the Okanagan, a place she loved and happily shared with her five children, each of whom returned during her later years.

Doris is survived by her four children, Nancy Branch (Don), Deborah Cochrane (Larry), Lori Perdue, Jamie Spall (Maureen) and son-in-law Henk DeRoos.  Grandchildren Tyler Ballam (Sophie), Brett Ballam, Chris Cochrane (Terra), Kelsey Cochrane (boyfriend Jake), Faith and Darci Perdue. Three Great­ grandchildren; Jenson Cochrane, Ethan, Emmalyn and special niece Kerri Sutherland as well as the final of her feline companions Penny, who now lives with the Branchs.

Doris was saddened by the early deaths of her daughter Jennifer DeRoos, grandson Connor Cochrane and the father of her children, Bob Spall. Doris was an RN, graduating from Royal Columbian in 1945, a career that helped her as well as the many people she helped over her 40 years of nursing. Working on Maternity at KGH, she knew so many of her children’s peers and she never forgot anyone, nor was she easily forgotten. Her contagious laugh and smile connected her permanently with the community.

Doris excelled at friendship, a trait that came naturally. She made friends easily and once a friend, always a friend.  Doris’s lifelong special friends, Betty Marsh and Sylvia McTavish will attest to that! She had many close girlfriends whom she cherished as they journeyed through good times and tough times: working, marriage and raising children.   Her nursing buddies were gold and she never missed a class re-union, no matter how tight the money or time.

For everyone, she loved to find that perfect card.  She chose gifts thoughtfully and she loved to write and receive letters.  She loved to bake special treats, and did so for a chosen few, year after year. As her eyesight failed in later years, she relied on friends and family to help her with these acts of kindness.

The family would like to extend gratitude to the staff at Brookhaven for the love, humanity and care beyond compassion they showed during her time there.

Throughout her life Doris was extremely generous, donating to a variety of charities.  As a living legacy, in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charitable organization of your choice.

The memorial service will be June 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. David’s

Presbyterian Church allowing for far away friends and family to gather.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

The memorial service will be June 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

St. David's Presbyterian Church

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The service for SPALL, Doris Eveline is scheduled for The memorial service will be June 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. David's Presbyterian Church

271 Snowsell Street Kelowna, BC


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  • Shirley Tanemura says:

    Dear Nancy & Don,
    Sorry to hear of your dear mothers passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    Love, shirley

  • Barb Petelle says:

    Jamie & Maureen and the rest of the family.
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I will always remember the beautiful talk we had about what nursing was like when she was nursing, for an assignment I had in my first year of nursing. She was a warm, soft spoken, kind wonderful lady…She gave me so much insight! Your mother was a beautiful lady!!
    I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!!
    Barb <3

  • Linda Danforth says:

    I read about the passing of your wonderful mother-in-love and wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and your family.
    Take care.
    Wayne & Linda

  • Kathryn Gamble says:

    So sorry for your loss, Nancy. Your mom was great and was a blessing to the family at St David’s.

  • peggy dodds kinley says:

    the dodds family have fond memories of doris and we send our condolences to all the spall families.
    our mother worked with doris for many years at kgh.

  • George & Vivian Carnahan says:

    Our condolences are being sent from our hearts to yours.

  • Iris nielsen says:

    Nancy, Debbie, Lori and Jamie – I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful person and she especially was a wonderful friend to Mom. I have very fond memories of growing up on Spall Road. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  • Laurie West says:

    Jamie & Maureen
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers at this sad time.
    Cam & Laurie

  • Darlene Loughlean says:

    To Doris’s Family
    I moved here in 1980 and worked at KGH where I met and worked with Doris-to all her daughters, grandchildren, friends – SHE WAS A “REAL SWEETIE”

  • susan marshall says:

    So sorry to hear about your Mom,she really was quite an amazing woman,quite unflappable!We always had so much fun at your house,in our early teens! Your Mom put up with so much from all us girls,late night sleep over parties in the shop,a bit of midnight roaming….She really did have that infectious laugh, and a twinkle in her eye! and yes she was my maternity nurse,I had forgotten that! A life well lived.

  • Peter and Mary Weeks says:

    Jamie, Maureen, and Family,
    With sadness that we read your Mom passed away. We hope in some small way, knowing we care and that our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time, may be of some small comfort.
    Our sincere condolences,
    Peter and Mary

  • Kim McClelland says:

    Lori,Debbie,Nancy & Jamie ~ too many memories to even start to mention about Doris and her relationship with Shirley, the relationships all us McClellands had with her growing up on Spall Road. I know how happy Dad was to always have those chocolate macaroon treats at Christmas time. It wasn’t Christmas for him without them. Doris was a part of our world for so long, and will continue to be as we remember her laughter and particular way of strongly suggesting ‘the next time you’re in town, you better come see me!’, especially if she found out you’d been there and hadn’t! Always plugged into the grapevine of family and friends – she lived her life long and well. A devoted mom, grandma, and true, blue friend. My love to you all ~ thanks for sharing her with us.

  • Howard Overend says:

    To Nancy, Debbie, Jamie and Lori,and your families, I am sorry your good and wonderful mother has come to the end of her life. She was a big part of the greater Spall family and indeed well loved by all. Rest in peace, Doris.

  • Janet Schnurr says:

    Dear Nancy,Debbie,Jamie,and Lorie and your families. On behalf of my family and myself, I share with you our deepest condolences for the loss of your Mom..Rest in peace
    Aunty Doris.Blessings to you all..

  • Faye & Tom Huffman says:

    Nancy Branch and family

    We have just heard the distressing news of your mother’s passing and want to extend our sincere and heartfelt expression of sympathy.

  • Tom Overend says:

    I remember Auntie Doris as a wonderfully warm-hearted person. She was so good to our family when we came to Kelowna for the summer. She cooked great meals and made us all feel welcome. I am sorry that we got separated after those summers ended but it was always good to see her and her daughters and son when we could. I extend my sympathies to her family and friends for her passing. Auntie Doris was one of a kind!

  • Julia Canfield says:

    My sympathies to all your family, I so enjoyed visiting with Doris she loved company.We had lots of chats about her nursing days in earlier visit. She was a gentle soul a loving Lady, I have been putting off my visits to Brookhaven for now, I know I would miss her presence.

  • Laura Legood says:

    Nancy,Debbie,Lori, Jamie and your families,
    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your Mom – I remember Auntie Doris for her ever present smile and bubbling laugh – she always made us feel welcome on our summer visits.
    Our thoughts are with you during this sad time.
    Love Laura and family

  • Ruthie Jones says:

    Nancy and Don.
    So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs, Ruthie

  • Eileen Hamilton says:

    To the Family and Friends of Doris Spall On behalf of the Royal Columbian Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae, I extend our deepest condolences on the passing of your loved one ,Doris. We will hold you in our thoughts at this time of sorrow.
    Eileen Hamilton
    nee Harris
    Class of 63B

  • Gillian Robertson says:

    Lori and family,
    So sorry to read about the passing of your mother, our thoughts are with you.
    Gillian Robertson and family.

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