DORIS MARY RICHTER
March 27, 1922 – May 23, 2020
RICHTER: DORIS MARY. It is with much sadness we announce the passing of Doris at the age of 98 on May 23, 2020 at Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna, BC. Doris was predeceased by: her husband Clarence Richter; parents Charles & Sarah Forrest; sisters Margaret Dunn (Bob), Edith Forrest and Alma Keen (Bill); brothers Harold Forrest (Lillian), John Forrest (Marion) and Alvin Forrest (Ruth). She will be lovingly missed by: her son and daughter-in-law, Murray & Cathy Richter of Kelowna; grandson and wife Michael & Carlee Richter of North Vancouver; granddaughter Sarah Richter of Toronto; and more nieces & nephews in Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC and Vermont than anyone could count. Doris was born in a farmhouse in Loreburn, Saskatchewan, the sixth of seven children. Both her parents passed away before Doris turned 13. She grew up in the Loreburn area and eventually became a teacher at the age of 19. Doris married Robert Westman in 1941, but Robert was killed in action in Italy during World War II, shortly after their marriage. Doris taught in seven different school districts in Saskatchewan. While teaching in Colonsay, she met Clarence "Rick" Richter. They married in 1956 and moved to Asquith where Rick was a Canadian Pacific Railway station agent and Doris continued teaching. Their son, Murray, was born in 1957. In 1964, Doris and Rick moved to Kamloops, BC upon purchasing a motel. They both continued working full-time while also running this business. Rick's parents, Alex & Helen Richter, moved to BC to live with Doris, Rick and Murray, helping to run the business. After selling the motel, Doris still taught and Rick continued working for Canada Post. Following the death of Rick's parents and Murray's eventual move to Vancouver, Doris & Rick retired; she taught for a total of 39 years over a 42 year period. They enjoyed many things in retirement as they had during their working lives (traveling, visiting with family and friends, bowling, Blue Jays baseball, gardening, pie making and producing Doris' legendary green tomato relish). Murray married Cathy Kayban in 1981 and, following the birth of Michael in 1991, moved to Kelowna in 1993. Granddaughter Sarah arrived in 1995, so Doris and Rick decided to move to Kelowna to be near their grandchildren. Rick suffered a severe stroke in 1996 and passed away in early 2000. Soon after, Doris moved into a condominium. She was active in her community and served as the strata council chair for many years into her 90s. Doris sold her condominium and moved into Missionwood Retirement Resort where she was a resident when she passed away. In light of the current pandemic, there will be a private burial. If you know anyone living alone, or older adults in care homes, Doris would have appreciated that you reach out to them in this isolating time. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services of Kelowna. 250-762-2299
DORIS MARY RICHTER
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June 13, 2020
Audrey and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Doris. I'm sure you realize what a remarkable woman she was. Certainly she cheered up every room she entered with a smile on her face and always a cheerful word. As a colleague of hers for many years at John Peterson Jr. Secondary in Kamloops I was so impressed by her unique ability to make everyone feel welcome and relaxed. She was one of the first staff members to welcome us after we had moved here from Prince George. Well loved by all, particularly her many students , she was their well chosen confidante, and my special friend in the English Department. Whenever something had to be done she was always the first and most willing volunteer. Thanks for those wonderful years, Doris!
June 11, 2020
I worked with Doris for 17 years at John Peterson Secondary. Doris was already there when I started in 1971. She and I shared an office that first year. As counsellors, it was necessary for the one seeing a student to ask the other to leave the office so the interview could happen in private. We eventually had a renovation and were provided with separate offices. Doris was a great help to me as a new counsellor. She provided wise advice on everything I needed help with. She was organized, helpful and fun to work with. We had a great team in those days with Charlie MacArthur and Don Fraser on the men's side. Doris held a shower for me when my first son was born - she was a special lady! Love to Murray and family
June 10, 2020
Doris made a great impression on me when I was a rookie teacher at John Peterson in Kamloops. Her wisdom was both practical and compassionate. Her decisions and actions demonstrated her caring for both her students and her colleagues and she had a tremendous influence in the school.
When we went on strike over teacher pensions her concern for the potential damaging divisions on staff led her to offer her home for a staff get together. I never learnt her opinion of the strike, but I learnt about her character and kindness that I always tried to emulate.
And I still have her recipe for rhubarb punch.
The world and specifically the staff and students of JP are richer for Doris' presence.
My sincere condolences.
June 5, 2020
I’m sorry to hear of Doris’s passing. When I was a student at UCC in 1994-95, I rented out the basement suite at Rick and Doris’s place. Doris and Rick were so good to me and I always felt safe and secure staying there being my first year living on my own. My condolences to the Richter family.
Trevor & Sharon Forrest
June 4, 2020
Doris was a special aunt to my family. Doris and my mother were soul mates. Doris, Rick and my parents enjoyed may vacations together. Doris was always keenly interested in my family and my grandchildren and just as much so when we visited a few weeks ago. She was proud of her family and especially like to talk about her grandchildren.
We have been so lucky to have her in our lives for so many years. She is the last of the siblings and part of the Forrest history is gone. A live well lived.
We will see you another day.
May 26, 2020
My deepest condolences. Doris was an important part of our youth. I am glad that we were able to stay connected throughout the years. I will miss our visits.