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Obituary of Doris JACKSON

Doris Jackson 

July 25, 1919, to December 9, 2019

Doris was born July 25, 1919, to Eliza (née Sale) and John Hope in Swinefleet, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The youngest of seven children, six girls and one boy, she lived a happy childhood in the countryside and attended Swinefleet Primary School. 

Eliza was born in 1880, in Hanley, Staffordshire, and died in 1963. 

John Hope, born in 1878 in Hodnet, Shropshire, to Elizabeth (née Endley) and George Hope, died at the young age of 50 in 1928, when Doris was just 9 years old. John served in the Boer War in South Africa and, on returning to the UK, worked as a coach and team driver and later as a groom/gardener at Ousefleet, Hull. After serving in the British Army in WWI, he became a greengrocer in Swinefleet, where Doris was born.

In 1938 Doris started her nursing training at the Doncaster Royal Infirmary, completing three years and passing all hospital and national exams to qualify as a State Registered Nurse. She was a staff nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary for one year.

From there Doris went to Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, to do her midwifery training at Manygates Maternity Hospital, Sandal, where she attained her State Certified Midwife qualification. She worked at Walton Hall maternity home near Wakefield, previously the home of Charles Waterton, a world-famous naturalist. After a year there she left midwifery and was an outpatient casualty sister at Wakefield General Hospital for over a year.

In 1947 she obtained a permanent commission in Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and was posted to Shaftsbury in Dorset. There and in Bamstead, London, she completed operating theatre training grades 1 and 2, which enabled her to be in charge of operating theatres. Doris was extremely proud of her nursing career and had many a story to tell!

She travelled overseas in 1949. She spent a shore spell in Egypt and then went on to Mombasa, Kenya, crossing the desert in a train to board a ship that sailed from Ismailia in Egypt to Port Toufic, which is 60 miles inland from Mombasa. There Doris did theatre and ward work at a military base and hospital called Mt Kinnon Road, which no longer exists, having been abandoned after the army left. At Mt Kinnon Road she met her husband to be – Major Philip G. Jackson, a Canadian serving with the British Army in WWII. They got engaged when Philip returned to Port Toufic with the troops from Somalia.

In 1950, on June 5, Doris and Philip were married in Nairobi, Kenya. They returned to the UK and spent two years in Glasgow before going to Holland and Germany. She was then posted to Hong Kong, where she practised as a psychiatric nurse, second in charge at the female mental hospital. They lived in Kowloon, where Philip was in charge of the army water transport.

After returning to UK, Philip decided that he wanted to return to Canada and so relinquished his commission. They lived in Victoria, BC, where Philip worked as a real estate agent and attended university, eventually becoming a real estate appraiser and forming his own company. When the couple adopted two girls – Philippa (1963) and Rachel (1966) – Doris chose to give up nursing.

Philippa is married to Gerry Sloan. They live in Victoria with their three dogs.

Rachel is married to Raul Beltran and lives in Red Deer, AB. They have three children, Wendy, Philip (Danniel) and Lyle. Doris had three great grandchildren, Nick (Kaley), Shayna and Lewie; and one great great grandchild Iris.

Doris also had many nephews and nieces, two of which – Margaret and Carole, daughters of her sister Gladys – Doris kept in regular contact with. Her nephew John Pullin, son of sister Jessie who died in earlier this year at the age of 107, has been a great help with family history.

Doris loved to bake, knit, sew and most of all garden. She was involved with the Rotary Club and activities at her daughters’ school, and worked at the Clan Tartan Shop, another endeavour of Philip’s that was in the heart of Victoria in the 1970s.

A quiet, soft spoken, kind lady, Doris was a staunch supporter of the British Royal Family and a lover of Coronation Street, which she watched faithfully every day since episode 1 was broadcast in 1960.

After Philip passed in 1994, she stayed in the house for 2 years and then moved to The Kensington, an independent living facility in Victoria. She lived there for 18 years, which she enjoyed immensely. When she turned 100 years old, July 25 of this year, she received a lovely certificate from Queen Elizabeth II recognizing Doris’s accomplishment, and a certificate from the Governor General of Canada. Doris was most pleased.

Doris spent the last three months of her life at Gorge Road Extended Care Hospital and passed peacefully in her sleep on December 9, 2019. 

She lived a great life, travelled a lot, and did what she loved – nursing and being a mother and wife. A life well lived and with meaning.

There will be no service by request. Doris will be interred beside her husband Philip at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Duncan.

Rest in peace, Mum. We all love and miss you so very much. 

Thank you to the staff at The Kensington, for the happy years Doris spent there. We would also like to thank the Rehab Unit on floor 7 of Victoria General Hospital, and the nurses and staff of Gorge Road Extended Care Hospital – Water View Unit. She was well taken care of in both these places. You have our gratitude.

We respectfully ask that no flowers be sent, but instead donate to your favourite charity on Doris’ behalf.


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