Doris Hunter Schwartz passed away quietly into the presence of her Lord on April 24, 2003 after a brief stay in Chilliwack General Hospital. She was born November 8, 1914 in Sedgewick, Alta. to Fred and May (Smith) Hunter. Doris grew up in the farming community.
In 1935 she attended Bible School in San Francisco. On returning to Canada she ministered in small prairie communities. The last one was Shell Lake, Sask., where she met her future husband, Eddie Schwartz. They were married in 1940 and moved to Saskatoon. There Eddie enlisted in the army and their first child, Pauline was born. After Eddie’s discharge from the army in 1945 they moved to British Columbia and settled in Chilliwack where Phil and May were born.
Doris did seasonal work to supplement the family income. After the children were grown, she worked in housekeeping at Chilliwack General Hospital and later in Corrections. During this time she was very active in the Pentecostal Church assuming roles of responsibility as a teacher, a Sunday School Superintendent, and in women’s ministries. After Eddie passed away she travelled to various places including Africa, China and England with many stops in between. She loved to create things and would always have a crocheting or sewing project.
Left to mourn her passing, are her children, Pauline and Bill of Sardis, Phil and Sherry of Campbell River, and May and Gary of Abbotsford. Her grandchildren, Samantha and Brad, Audra and Duane, Todd and Tracy, Julie and Aaron, Kris and Carissa and Kevin. Her great-grandchildren, Tatiana, Adria, Claudia, Jacob and Titus. Also surviving are her brothers, Rev. Fred and Gladys Hunter of Calgary, Alta., and Rev. Bernie and Mary Hunter of Abbotsford. Her sister-in-laws, Nerine Hunter of Viking, Alta., and Ivy Schwartz of Red Deer, Alta. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Doris was predeceased by her husband, Eddie; her parents, Fred and May Hunter; and two brothers, Roy and Lynn.
A graveside service was held Monday, Apr. 28, 2003 at the Chilliwack IOOF Cemetery with a memorial service and reception following at the First Avenue Assembly.