27 September , 19253 February , 2019

Saunders, Doreen Iva (nee More)

Born in a log house on a farm in Almonte, Ontario on September 27, 1925. On February 3, 2019, at 93 years old, Doreen peacefully passed away while surrounded by family. She was predeceased in April, 2017 by her husband of 70 Years, Russell. Doreen’s heart was most full when she had family near. She loved, guided, mentored, and cherished her children: Kerry (Linda), Boyne (Marilyn), Suzanne (John), and Lori (Roy). She was a nurturing Oma to Shannon Maker (Mike), Logan Saunders Matte, and Kayla Saunders Sikkema (Ben) and a caring Great-Oma to Charlotte, Amelie, Sienna, August, and Kase. Doreen is survived by her sister Ann Bourgoin, predeceased by her parents Milton and Elizabeth "Betty" More of Almonte and siblings: infant sister Doris, and brothers Logan (Jean), John (Ruth), Laurie and Bertram (Bernice). She was sister-in-law to Arnold (Winnie), the late Albert, Lucille, Joy, Richard, Merwin, Shirley, and Calvin. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews for her fun nature and love of life. For 17 years Doreen worked at the federal government. However, she found her true passion and meaning through years of leadership with children and young adults in various roles in Christian education over many decades and especially at Camp Bitobi and Gracefield Presbyterian Camp. Doreen was a chartered member and elder of St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church and then a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Doreen led a joyful, fulfilling and inspirational life by example and described her life as being truly blessed with great family and many wonderful friends. Please join the family for a visitation at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Road, on Sunday February 10, 2019 from 1pm to 2:30 pm, followed by a time of remembrance in the chapel at 3:00 pm, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Doreen’s memory may be made to Gracefield Christian Camp and Retreat Centre or to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Ottawa.


  • Visitation Sunday, 10 February , 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, 10 February , 2019


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Brenda McAllister

12 February 2019

So sorry to her about Aunt Doreen. She was such a loving, joful lady. Mom and Dad were just talking about going to meet her for dinner at the retirement home. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.

Lots of love,
Brenda and David McAllister
(Arnold and Winnie Saunders)

Caroline Colongo

9 February 2019

Dear Boyne & Marilyn and all Doreen’s family. My heart is saddened by Doreen loss. I am so fortunate I had the chance to meet her and will always remember her “joie de vivre” and “bienveillance”. I truly enjoyed our nice chats about life in general and of course making fun about Boyne. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time. The French girl, who appeared in the Christmas Letter. Caroline

Cathy & Mike Parkman

9 February 2019

'Dear Kerry & Linda, Boyne & Marilyn, Suzanne & John, Lori Lynn & Roy, Shannon, Kayla, Logan, and great- grandchildren: We are so very sorry to hear the news of Aunt Doreen's passing. Aunt Doreen was an
inspiration to us all. How I remember when Aunt Doreen invited her nieces and nephew to her home for a visit of which lasted for a week. She took us all swimming, to the Parliament Hill to see the Changing of the Guards, and many other interesting places. We all had so much fun together. She loved people and was interested in their lives. Aunt Doreen will be missed terribly by all who knew and loved her. We are away and cannot attend visitation. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you at this difficult time and the days ahead as well. Take care.
Much Love, Cathy & Mike and Family.

mary frances meysick

8 February 2019

To Doreen's family, from those of us still here (Garden View) who remember Doreen, Russ and all of you so well our sincere sympathy. Laughter and "sunshine" were always about when Doreen was around she was a friend to all - a special person who tried so hard to get her "Dish Clothes" right on Saturday mornings. We were privileged to know her and her family. The "Knitswits" and old timers..

Stan Devine

8 February 2019

Suzanne and family,

A lot of thoughts will continue to bring a smile and nice memory to mind. Doreen's great love of music, particularly singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg, who was born just a short drive from our hometown on the East Coast. Will especially think of Doreen when we hear 'Run for the Roses'. Also, the wonderful time we spent with Doreen & Russ in Vancouver being their tour guides. Now she is reunited with Russ.

Love and prayers,
Stan & Pam

Ann Bourgoin

7 February 2019

It is a lovely picture of her, smiling as always. I feel so lost without her, always checking the clock to see if it time to call her.
She has always been in my life I don't know this world with out her ever since I came home for the hospital she
took care of me, even stopped going to school for the 1st months of my life she looked after me. She really is my "Wee Mommy" always has been and always will be.
Love A.Suexooxox

Garry Morton

6 February 2019

For Anne and I the memories will be firstly, her friendship and support, secondly, her leadership with young adults and as an elder at St. Tim's, and lastly we'll miss her phone calls and bringing me the first dandelion of the year (which continued even after I had retired and moved away).