Apr. 22, 1922 – Nov. 13, 2015

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dearly loved mother and grandmother, Doris Lavonne Brown (Kirkham). Doris passed peacefully in the early hours of November 13, 2015 surrounded by her family.

Doris was born in Innisfail in 1922. As a young woman, she owned and operated “The Quality Shoppe” in Red Deer until her marriage to Robert (Bob) Brown (1919-2009) on June 29, 1949. They soon moved to Sylvan Lake and purchased the Balmoral Service Station and Tea Room, eventually operating a coin wash as well, until 1974. Doris then worked part time at Cobbs’ Clothing in Sylvan Lake for several years.

Doris was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and touched many lives in her 93 years. Doris and Bob enjoyed camping in the Rocky Mountains, and she was very interested in the weather, recording it each day in her weather notebook. She baked some of the best apple pies in Sylvan Lake, and loved to host her family for turkey dinners.

Her love, compassion and humour will be deeply missed by her three daughters, Wendy Smith, Julie Bender and Denise Henkel, and her six grandchildren, Janine Moir, Kelsey Bache, Cody Moir, Cale Henkel, Jessica Dendy and Curtis Bender. Doris also found joy with her three great- grandchildren, Taylor, Hunter, and Cassie.

A memorial service to celebrate Doris’s life was held on Thursday, November 19, at 1:30 pm at the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home, 5019 47A Avenue, Sylvan Lake, Alberta.

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