October 3, 1918 – April 19, 2014
Doris Eda Govier passed away at Calgary’s Foothills Hospital on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the age of 95. Doris was born in Vancouver on October 3, 1918, the daughter of Henry Kemp of London, England and Rose Ellen Melton of Yorkshire. She grew up in Vancouver, and attended the University of British Columbia receiving a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and French in 1939. In February, 1940, she married George Wheeler Govier. They moved to Edmonton where Doris received her Bachelor of Education in 1943. Doris’ three daughters were born in Edmonton, and in 1963 the family moved to Calgary. In 1970 Doris received her M.A. in English from the University of Calgary, focussing on Canadian Literature. She was a pioneer in her support for Canadian, and prairie literature. In 1972 she founded the “Doris Govier Canadian Literature Group”, which introduced this burgeoning national book culture to hundreds of devoted Calgary followers. Doris was awarded the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award in Arts and Culture in 1990. She loved to swim, was an excellent badminton and tennis player, and golfed in her later years. She loved books and passed on her love of reading to her daughters. She also loved to dance: she and her husband are remembered for cutting beautiful figures on the dance floors of the Calgary Petroleum Club and other venues. Doris devoted much of her considerable energy to family and home, including in her large heart nephews, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren delighted her.
Doris is survived by her husband of seventy-five years, George Wheeler Govier; daughters Trudy (Anton Colijn), Katherine (Nick Rundall) and Sue (Jan Millington); sister-in-law Grace Govier of Riverside California; cousin Joan Allard of Vancouver; niece Ann Coutts of Ottawa and family and niece Debra Cook of Bellingham, Washington; grandchildren Douglas Kelly, Caroline Colijn, Robin Honderich, Emily Honderich, Peter Colijn, great-nephew Randy Dahl and family, and great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Nicholas Kelly, and Nina and Annika Colijn-Rattan.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calgary Reads www.calgaryreads.com.
In living memory of Doris Govier, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences