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Ella Doreen Brodie (nee Rugg)

August 2, 2022


November 18, 1938 - August 2, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
In the early hours of Aug 2nd, holding the hands of family, Doreen made the journey to be with her heavenly loved ones, who undoubtedly welcomed her with loving arms.
Born in Vernon, BC she grew up on a working sheep ranch. The family stories of her childhood and pictures of family filled her heart to the end.
Rugg Road, in Vernon, BC, was named after her family, who ranched the hillsides. Memories of riding in a sled, made from an apple box, to Christmas concerts in the one room schoolhouse were times of great joy made with her Dad, Mom, and brothers.
Playing with her dolls, as a child, next to the wood stove as her Mom hung out drying were moments full of expressions of love and gratitude. And, stories of her less than graceful ability to ride horses not only shared the mischievous laughter of siblings but was a window to Mom's sense of humour.
Mom never dwelled on the hard times and always kept the love of her family alive.
She was predeceased by her parent's and brother's.
Her younger years included graduating as a teacher (1959). She would go on to teach for 13 years in Chilliwack, Cultus Lake, and Kamloops. She modelled for Vogue Canada and later went on to teach personal development courses. Other jobs spanned from administration in Dr. offices to working in various retail environments.
Her work ethic and dedication contributed to a lifetime of creativity and inspiration.
She loved to travel and made her first voyage to Europe by ship, solo, soon after graduation as a teacher. She would return a number of times throughout her life and had dreams of being able to make one last trip.
Mom's arty and creative nature was interwoven into her fibers. Elaborate Christmas scenes hand painted on windows, homemade crafts, chocolates, and baking, her love for anything that had a little, or a lot of, bling, her singing and love for the stage are all memories that we now get to hold close.
Mom's greatest successes came in the way of her unfaltering faith and in the love she had for her family. Her pride and joy were her daughter's, Stacey and Janeen, and her 4 grandchildren. She held a special place in her heart for her nieces and nephew, and she valued and adored her closest friends.
Mom was selective with who she kept close to her heart, but she loved with everything she had. She will be sadly missed but always loved- rest easy Mom.
"To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic".-Alphonse de Lamartine