Doris Williams (nee Hutchinson)
May 31, 1929 to July 25, 2013
Our family has lost a loving, guiding force who gently but firmly shaped the lives of husband Norm, sons Mike, Charlie (Tammy), Ted (Jennifer) & grandchildren Dustin, Candace, Catherine & Daniel. Plus all her extended family & friends.
Doris was born in Chemainus & grew up on her parent’s farm in Saltair with her brother George & sister Mae. Doris helped with all the various chores associated with farming, looking after the animals, tending the various crops & working in the family butcher shop. Doris also worked in Knights Hardware & Furniture store in Ladysmith, which was owned by her sister & brother in law’s family. Another of Doris’s jobs was delivering milk to 200+ customers of a large dairy farm in the Chemainus area. This was the days of glass milk bottles & Doris had to hand wash the retuned empties. Doris also taught Sunday School in her late teens in Saltair.
On October 24, 1951 Doris married Norm Williams & they worked side by side building their life together. The family’s first home they built on Crozier Road in Chemainus. The next home was waterfront in Qualicum Bay & the present home is in Royston, where Doris & Norm have lived since 1968. Mom worked along side Dad in the construction & upkeep of all the family homes. Mom enjoyed having her flower & vegetable gardens which flourished under her care.
Doris had a passion & wonderful ability for doing oil paintings. Over the years she painted portraits, landscapes, sailing ships, & even construction equipment. Some of these paintings are in homes across North America. Doris participated in painting classes for over 30 years. She especially enjoyed the friendships of the people in these classes. The last group was called Brushworks & Doris always looked forward to their time together each week. It was only a couple of years ago that Doris found it too tiring to attend painting classes.
Special thanks to Dr. Woldnick, Dr. Dan, Dr. Moosbrugger, the nurses & staff on the third floor of St. Joseph’s Hospital, & the paramedics for their compassionate care of Doris. Also thank you to all of Doris’s extended family & friends for their kindness & support through these difficult times.
On October 12, 2013 from lpm to 3pm there will be an informal gathering of Doris’s family & friends at the family home at 3718 Royston Road to share memories of a life
well lived. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.