JOLLY, Doreen Viola
October 4, 1919 – October 15, 2019
Doreen Jolly, age 100 years young, passed away peacefully on Oct. 15, 2019 at the Lynn Valley Care Centre. She was born in Toronto, Ontario to Thomas and Viola Sherman on Oct. 4, 1919. In 1943, she married her husband, Charles Ronald Jolly, and they spent 43 wonderful, loving years together living in Toronto, Kingston, Burlington and Stroud, Ontario, until his death in 1986. Doreen moved to West Vancouver in 1993 to be near her daughter and family, and loved her ocean views from her apartment overlooking the seawall. She enjoyed many interests, particularly music, having performed as a soloist and choir member throughout her life; gardening; history; golfing; volunteering; travelling, with Sunday afternoon drives and road trips being particular favourites; loved animals, chatting with every dog she met; and was an avid sports fan. Her caring and loving nature was evident to all who knew her and she was a “glass half full” kind of person. The Lynn Valley Care Centre became her new home in 2016 and she loved her life there with so many new friends, including the caring nursing and activities staff. Her greatest joy was the music programmes and she encouraged everyone to “join in” for the sing-alongs.
Doreen deeply loved her family and was very proud of her Irish heritage. Missing her amazing smile, her joy of living, her unconditional love, support and generosity, but treasuring all of the wonderful memories, are her loving family consisting of her daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Peter Mitchell, with whom she shared particularly special relationships; granddaughter, Meredith Mitchell (Chris Mustard); grandson, Clayton Mitchell (Tahira Mulji); great-grandchildren, Madigan and Ari. Always in her heart and thoughts were her nieces and nephews in Nova Scotia and Oregon. Predeceased by her husband, Ronald Jolly; brother, Willard Sherman; niece, Sandra Sherman; and sister-inn-law, Marjorie Sherman. Very special heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Paul Sugar with whom she shared many laughs and hugs.
Her 100th birthday on Oct. 4th was a joyful celebration in fine style with family and friends, the highlight of which appeared to be her birthday letter from the Queen!
Donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Arthritis Society or the Paul Sugar Foundation.
“When Irish eyes are smiling, sure ‘tis like a morn in spring”