Doris J. Musselman

October 22, 1937- January 11, 2019

A wonderful wife, mother, gramma, aunt, sister and friend suddenly left us on January 11th in Pitt Meadows, BC. To say we are heartbroken doesn’t begin to express the sadness and loss we feel. Mom was an amazing and humble lady who always put her family first and encouraged us tirelessly. For her children, Greg and Charlene, she was their biggest fans and steadfastly cheered them on. When the grandchildren came along, she did the same. The hole we feel in our hearts will last for the rest of our lives, but we are ever so grateful to have had her with us all these years.

Doris J. Nevland was born in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan to hard working farmers from Norway — Terje and Linnea. When Mom started school her first language was Norwegian. She was the second of 4 children. Mom would leave the farm for the big city of Vancouver in 1956 and join Gerald Musselman on the West Coast. Mom and Dad would start their family 2 years later with the birth of their son Gregory, and 2 years later, daughter Charlene would round out their family. After a career in office administration Doris and her husband Gerry left Coquitlam, BC for retirement on Gabriola Island. They enjoyed their golden years there and often hosted family on the island where many memories were created. Mom loved to garden and take in the beauty of island living.

When Dad passed away on September 1, 2018 Mom was grief stricken and tried to put on a brave face for the rest of us. Doris and Gerry had been married for more than 62 years. When Dad was in the hospital, and later the hospice, she visited him every day eventually staying with him around the clock as his journey was nearing an end.

Mom leaves behind two children that adored her, Gregory (Arlene) and Charlene (Glen), six grandchildren, Matthew (Ashley), Sara (Ryan), Tia, Brody, Linnea, Amelia, a great grandson Hank, sister Linda and brother Ken and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Mom is now safely home in Heaven with Jesus!

A “Celebration of Life” for Mom will be held later this Spring as we remember a life well lived.

“My Heart will always be on an island near the sea.”

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  1. She was a lovely person and will be fondly remembered by all. That smile of her’s lit up a room. My deepest condolences for you, Char and all of your family. Love Denise

  2. She was a beautiful lady in every way. I will miss her beautiful smile every time I saw her.
    Thinking of all of you Greg, Char and your families as you mourn your Mothers death and celebrate her life. How very hard it is to lose those we love

  3. Lorrie and Mike Smallwood

    Our heartfelt condolencences to you Char ,Greg and family. Your mom was a beautiful, kind person who was always so dear to me and our family. She will be missed and memories we have of our times together will be cherished… lots of love and hugs to you all.. love Lorrie and Mike

  4. Jim & Shelley Christian

    While we know, “to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord”, it is the absence of them in our daily life, that stuns us. We pray The Lord Jesus brings you through this, in His love and power. Bless you!- Jim & Shelley

  5. We were so saddened by the sudden loss of your mom. I will always have such fond memories of my beautiful Aunt Doris. Our condolences and prayers are with you.

  6. She was loved and respected by many of her co-workers at Microtel, Canac/Microtel. May she rest in peace with her loving husband! Our deepest condolences to you and your family Char!
    Love James & Lori

  7. I am wondering if she is the same “Mrs. Musselman who taught my children in the Duclos elementary school in Bonnyville, Alberta in around the years 1984 to 1986. She was one of the best teachers I had every known, along with Mrs. Smith.,

  8. Elaine & Steve Newman

    Thoughts and prayers are with you Greg and all your family!

  9. Pastor Ed Skutshek

    My condolences Greg. Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life, who ever believes in me will live even though they die and whoever lives believing in me will never die.

  10. Linda & Keith Davies

    Our condolences to you Charlene and the family. So sad for you. Your mom was such a lovely lady, taken far too soon. I will always remember getting to know your mom on the coastal cruise. Such fond memories I will always cherish. Take care Charlene, and may it help to know there is much love and support around you at this difficult time.

    Hugs, Linda & Keith Davies

  11. Anne Ballantyne

    I am a friend from Doris’ past and only just found out about both she and Gerry’s passing. We grew up together in the close knit Norwegian community of Birch Hills, we attended school , church, Bible camp , loved to eat all the good Kumla etc., that our Mum’s cooked. Doris was beautiful inside and out. I am sad. Deepest sympathy. Anne Skrudland Ballantyne Saskatoon, SK

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