Viola Doris GAGNON
Aug. 19, 1937 – April 24, 2013
Viola Doris (Morgan) Gagnon passed away on April 24, 2013 at home in Qualicum Beach. She is survived by her husband, Alfred, and daughters Kathryn of Duncan, B.C. and Suzanne of Dawson, Yukon, her brothers David of Livermore, California and James of Fall River, Nova Scotia, and nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her parents Frederick Joseph Morgan and Jean (Gordon) Morgan, and a brother, Winston.
Doris was born on August 19, 1937 in the suburb of Armdale in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She spent several happy years working for the Naval Communications Centre in Halifax, where she eventually met Al. They were married on January 3, 1959 and had two daughters. When the family moved to California she worked at the Security First National Bank in Los Angeles where she made many wonderful friends. She enjoyed being partners with Al in their business in Barrie, Ontario. She and Al moved to Qualicum Beach in 2004. Doris loved traveling and was able to fulfill her desire to see Bora Bora on a 50th wedding anniversary cruise.
Doris considered her greatest roles to be wife and mother; she was extraordinary at both. Her capacity for unconditional love, her sense of humour and her ability to reserve judgment made her the best kind of friend. Doris said that the greatest blessing of her life was to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ, which gave her strength throughout her life. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
During her 12 year battle with cancer, Doris was grace personified. She lived those years with courage and joy. Those who knew and loved her were blessed to have her in their lives.
The family would like to thank the community care nurses, the home support workers, Dr. John Rieger, Dr. John Della Lana, the Venerable Alan Naylor and the parish of St. Mark’s Anglican Church.
A service was held on Monday, April 29 at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Qualicum Beach.
Remembrances may be made to the Oceanside Hospice Society.
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