Doris BORIS

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Doris Roberta Boris (Nee Ritchie). Doris was born in Edmonton on February 27th, 1934, passed away July 19, 2014 and was the youngest of three daughters born to Robert and Emma Ritchie. In 1936 the family moved to a small farm in Langley, BC, where she and her sisters Agnes and Jean, both pre-deceased, had a happy childhood. They enjoyed school and played on many community-sporting teams such as softball and badminton. Doris was rewarded with the title “Miss Athlete” in recognition of her participation and fundraising for her teams. In 1951 Doris married Raymond Alexander Boris, pre-deceased, and they moved to Chilliwack where they raised three daughters, Patty, Lynne and Garnell. Doris and Ray started a refrigerated trucking business and built it to one of the largest independently owned trucking companies in western Canada. During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Doris and Ray rekindled their childhood interest in horses, with interests in varying aspects of horses and riding. Their initial motivation may have been self-serving with three daughters, as Doris said “They are less likely to get in trouble on the back of a horse then in the back seat of a car”. Their activities expanded beyond horse show participation for their daughters, to include racing thoroughbreds at Hastings Park in Vancouver, sponsoring chuck wagon racing in Calgary and winning the American Chuck Wagon Championship in Wyoming in 1973, and finally the Buggy Club in Chilliwack, which Doris supported for many years with her organizational skills. She helped plan many of their get togethers and reunions by coming up with fun activities and making great food. Doris will be remembered for her joy of life, ready sense of humour, and sometimes wickedly funny one-liners. She was immensely proud of her daughters and was a loving and devoted grandmother to Mindy, Bill and Karissa and to her great grandson Gavin. When her nieces and nephews needed love and support her heart opened for them too. Doris’s family will be remembering her in a private service. Donations can be made to her memory at the website of the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.