Doreen Marie Colmer

In Memorial

June 5, 1965 – Feb. 20, 2013
Doreen passed away peacefully on February 20, 2013. She fought Stage 4 breast cancer with courage and grace for nine years, always projecting a positive, no-nonsense attitude; she was truly an inspiration to all who knew her. Doreen found her own inspiration in the three most important people in her life – husband David and sons Curtis and Graham, and made it her highest priority to build lasting memories for her family.
Predeceased by her sister Karen, lovingly remembered by her husband of 20 years David, sons Curtis & Graham, parents Dennis & Helen Houle, brother Michael (Pamela) Houle, and David’s family – mother Evelyn Colmer (Steve Hudak), sisters Deborah (Kip) Lovett, Cheryl (Gerry) Bogle, brother Shawn (Michelle) Colmer, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Doreen’s family would like to express appreciation to the doctors and nurses at Lions Gate Hospital Cancer Clinic, North Vancouver, and more recently Ridge Meadows Hospital, Maple Ridge, and McKenney Creek Hospice, Maple Ridge.
A memorial service will be held on March 2 at 1 p.m. at Burnett Fellowship Church, 20639 123 Avenue, Maple Ridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Doreen’s memory to Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation or Ridge Meadows Hospice Society.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the Colmer and Houle Families as they adjust to their new reality.
    Doreen, may you rest in peace and rise in glory.

  2. Doreen had a huge influence on my career. She was a supplier to our industry (Candle Making) and helped me get my business going about 15 years ago. She will be missed. My condolences to your family. RIP

  3. Mike and Ruth O'Doherty

    May you finally rest in peace, Doreen. Our thoughts are with you Dave, and your boys.

  4. Helen and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Jill Ferguson
    Fraser Tuesday Ladies member

  5. Janine &Garnett Arthurs

    We wish we could be there to hug the family and give our condolences in person but can’t get the work time off!! But to say the least Doreen touched my heart deeply with a conversation we had at uncle Dennis’s place at the lake in Port Alberni. She gave me support in my down time when I knew she was struggling with her fight, the love and support she gave me will always keep me strong and helps me to face life’s trouble with a more positive outlook of love. The Life we live can be hard and full of issues but know she will always be there looking out for her family (the boys and dave)and giving everyone the strength they will need to keep going on without her!! Know our Love is with everyone (the family) Love Janine and Garnett Arthurs

  6. I’m so sorry to hear of Doreen’s passing.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  7. Jim & Nancy Partridge

    Hi Dave, Curtis and Graham; We are truly sorry to learn of Doreen’s passing, but know she is in a happy place and watching over you. What a brave soul she was and she certainly gave her all to fight the fight. We feel privileged to have known her and to know you and the boys. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Sincerely, Jim & Nancy Partridge

  8. Dorothy and Nino Stroppa

    David,Curtis, Graham and family,

    We are so sorry to know of Doreen’s (your mother’s) passing. Try to think of her life being changed not taken away. She is with you always. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

    Dorothy and Nino Stropps

  9. Jean and Stewart Taylor

    Our condolences to the Houle family on the passing of Doreen

  10. Lorraine a travers

    My dear Helen and family,

    I was so sorry to hear of your darling daughters passing. These past years have been a difficult journey for you all…bless her for having the courage to handle this so well.

    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May time fill your heart with all the wonderful memories of a wonderful daughter, wife, mother and friend.

    Blessings to you all. Lorraine Travers

  11. Dave, Curtis, Graham and family,
    We are so sad to hear abbout Doreen, a wonderful wife, Mother and friend. We know how hard she tried for her miracle and we are so proud for everything she did to have as much time with you that she did. I know her spirit will be with you and will guide you. Every time I light a candle I will think of her. I hope you can find some comfort in the many memories of such a wonderful person.
    Our thoughts are with you,
    Love, Debby, Glenn, Luke and Colby Hurst

  12. Dave and family,

    Please accept my deepest sympathies.

    Our family prayers will be with you.


    Terry Lindsay

  13. I’m so sorry I won’t be able to make it to the funeral, Auntie Helen, Uncle Denis, Michael, Dave, Curtis, and Graham. It’s heartbreaking to lose someone good. Her suffering is over at least. Unfortunately, we get to hurt now. I love you guys.

  14. Dave, Curtis & Graham:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family at this difficult time.

    John, Lorraine, Megan & Mathew

  15. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with Doreen and get even a small taste of her fantastic sense of humour and inspiring energy. My thoughts are with her family.

  16. So sorry to hear about Doreen’s passing. My heart goes out to her family.

  17. Helen, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the recent passing of your dear daughter, Doreen. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.

  18. Prue and Dave Boyd

    To the Colmer and Houle families…… our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

  19. My deepest condolences to the Colmer and Houle families. I am saddened to hear of Doreen’s passing. My thoughts to all the families involved.

  20. We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to both the Colmer and Houle families. It was very touching to hear Doreen’s family and friends talk about her with so much love at the memorial service and we know that she will never be forgotten and will be deeply missed by all. Know that you can count on our prayers for your family.

  21. I am so sorry to hear of your wife, Doreen’s passing. I can’t even begin to imagine what you and your boys must be going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.


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