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SWYSTUN – Doris Catherine (née Sutherland)

November 8, 1923 – December 27, 2010

Our beloved mother, sister, and wife, Doris Catherine Swystun (née Sutherland) passed away on Monday, December 27, 2010 at the age of 87, surrounded by her husband of fifty-four years, Gus; children, Gail (Raj Abbi), Roy (Sherri) Swystun, and Heather (Ian McDonald); and her sister Gladys Craig of Nelson, BC. She is also survived by her brother Charlie Sutherland and his wife Glenda of Trail, BC as well as six grandchildren: Tyler, Dana and Kyle Swystun, Brayden Abbi, and Ayla and Owen McDonald. Doris was predeceased by her father, Gordon Kenneth Sutherland; her mother, Catherine Menzies Douglas; as well as many good friends.

Doris was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 8, 1923. She spent her elementary school years in Tisdale, SK and her high school years in Kaslo, BC. After attending Normal School in Victoria, BC in 1941, she went on to become a Primary Teaching Specialist, teaching for seventeen years. Many children throughout Vancouver Island and the BC interior learned to read because of Doris.

In June 1956, Doris married August (Gus) Swystun in Trail, BC. After one year in Eldorado, SK, Doris and Gus settled in Calgary where they raised three children and made many dear friends. Doris was a wonderful mother who put all her energy into her family. Doris was an active member of the Triwood Community, the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Calgary Winter Club. Her caring, kindness, and generosity will be remembered by many. She was an avid skier and enjoyed camping, hiking, gardening, bridge and flower arranging. Doris especially loved spending time with family, friends and relatives at Christina and Kootenay Lakes and their condo at Fairmont, BC.

A long and difficult battle with Lewy Body dementia was fought at home under the care of her husband and our very special caregiver, Caren Deligencia. With Caren’s support Doris was able to remain at home these last three years. We would also like to thank the nurses and aides at the Agapé Hospice in Calgary, Alberta for their care and attention during this last week. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Doris’ honour may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588, www.agapehospice.ca.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate Doris’ life at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 1:30 p.m., followed by a 3:00 p.m. reception at the Calgary Winter Club. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Doris Swystun, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Dear Gus and family – known Doris a long time and she was a great lady. I am thinking of you with kind and caring thoughts at this time. Doreen Huck

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  2. tom and shirley swanby :

    Dear Gus and family

    We are so so sorry for your very great loss. We admired Doris for so many reasons. She was a great gal. I know she will be missed by many.
    sincerely, Tom and Shirley

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  3. Barbara and Yukio Kitagawa :

    To Gus and Family: Our sincere condolences to you on the loss of Doris. We knew her from our days at the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, where she often attended our art/wood classes. She was a wonderful human being and showed so much compassion for her grandchildren, especially Kyle. Our thoughts go out to you at this sad time. Regards, Barbara and Yukio

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  4. Stewart & Mary McCrae :

    To Gus and Family: Our most sincere condolences to you all on the loss of Doris, and hope that your many happy memoris will help you through this very difficult time.

    Sincerely, Stewart & Mary McCrae

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  5. The Guenther Family :

    There are many happy memories of Aunty Doris that will always remain with us. She was an amazing woman that made a difference in our world today. Her years of endurance always surprised us. She will be missed.

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  6. Cindy Houghton :

    Gail, I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

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  7. Dear Gus, Gail, Roy, Heather, and families,

    Please accept my sincere sympathy on the death of Doris. The past years must have been difficult for all of you. Gus, you were an angel to care for her as her condition deteriorated. Doris was indeed a fine woman and human being. I remember her extreme generosity with fondness.

    Love and blessings to all,
    Clare Lowery

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  8. joyce @ cecil payne :

    Our sympathy and condolences to Gus and family on your loss. Her friendly personality still shone through in spite of her health problems, she will be missed .

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  9. Bob & Wynne Carlson :

    To Gus & Family
    We are so sorry for your great loss.
    Enjoyed playing Bridge with Doris all these years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Bob & Wynne

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  10. Ray and Marian Temple :

    To Gus and family
    Our sincere condolences on Doris’passing. She was fortunate to have lived in a family with so much caring and love. You will have many wonderful memories. God bless you and keep you.

    Ray and Marian Temple

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  11. Chuck & Ann Beckerleg :

    Dear Gus and family

    Our condolences to you on the loss of Doris. She will be missed but remembered by you, family and friends. Gus your strength as a caregiver was admirable.

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  12. Ronald Nastiuk :

    Doris was a very caring person for her family and strangers she met. We will all miss her for her kindness and thoughtfullness.

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  13. Ernie Osadchuk :

    To Gus and family
    My sincere sympathy .

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  14. Dear Gus and Family …. my condolences to you. Doris will be missed but our memories of her will be with us forever.

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  15. Linda and Glen Harman :

    Thanks for letting us know about Doris. We just received the notice today as we have our mail forwarded and it takes some time. Doris holds a special place in our hearts and we are sorry to hear that she is gone. You will all miss her and our thoughts are with you. Please keep in touch.
    Love
    Linda and Glen Harman

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