Stafford, Doreen Joan Hannah

Doreen Joan Hannah Stafford of Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C., passed away peacefully on March 15, 2022, at the age of 89. Doreen was born January 25, 1933 to Frank and Vina Thorn in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

She met Howard in high school and as she tells the story she chased him until he caught her and they married in 1955. They moved to Calgary shortly after they were married and lived there until 1989 when they moved to their ‘cabin’ in Fairmont Hot Springs.

Mom epitomized caring for family and others through tireless volunteer hours with, among many other organizations, Woodcliff United Church, Wildwood Community Association and the Christmas Bureau of the Columbia Valley. She was honored by the Canadian Cancer Society, having served for over 20 years with the Calgary chapter and over 35 years with the Columbia Valley chapter.

She was a talented seamstress, spending many hours quilting and sewing for family, friends and local charitable organizations.

She was preceded in death by her son Grant Stafford, her parents Frank and Vina Thorn, and her sisters Jessie Bird and Frances Frost.

Doreen leaves behind her husband of 67 years, Howard Stafford;her son Rod Stafford (Cindy Oliver); her daughter Gayle Dougall (Morley); grandchildren Curtis Stafford (Doneen) and Adrian Avery Sanchez (Haydn); great grandchildren Blakely and Keaton Stafford; sister Lavina Barber and daughter in law, Cindy Stafford.

A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date followed by a private family interment. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.
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