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Doris Lanos

February 24, 1941 ~ December 4, 2019 (age 78)


Doris Lanos

Doris Marie Juliette Louise Lanos (nee Dufresne) died peacefully at the seaside Hospice at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, BC. She will be dearly missed by her children Mike Kelly (Tetyana), Reg Kelly (Paula), and Barb Kelly (Dirk), and her grandchildren Katherine, Rayna, Caddaric, Sheridan, and Morgan, and friends. She is predeceased by her husband Don Lanos, sister Lilian Saraz, first husband John Kelly, and parents Eglantine “Toots” (nee Deschenes) and Phil Dufresne.

Doris was born in North Bay, Ontario. She had many cherished memories of growing up in a house on the lake surrounded by loving relatives and nature; indeed, she carried throughout her life a deep fondness for water, swimming, ice skating, and family. As a teenager, Doris’ playfulness brought her many friends and activities, which included performances in local theatre and the prestige of becoming the first local female to earn an orange belt in Judo.

In 1987, Doris married Don Lanos and moved to Ottawa, where she continued to work in banking and became very active in the Catholic Church. Doris was a devoted Catholic her entire life, and, after her children had grown, she enjoyed putting her tremendous warmth and compassion into the Catholic community in Ottawa. She enjoyed many activities and friendships there and became a member of the Carmelites.

In retirement, Doris enjoyed many road trips with Don, where they criss-crossed the continent and also shared fun adventures in Europe together. Doris also took tremendous delight in her grandchildren, who adored her. In her final years, Doris moved to Comox, BC and took great pleasure in living near family, the sea, and mountains. Doris will be remembered by all for her beautiful smile, warmth, humour, and kindness.

Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Wainberg and all the staff at the Hospice at St Joe's for their outstanding care, and to Pat and Father David from Christ the King Parish for their support.

A funeral mass and burial will be held in Ottawa in late April.

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