Judith Doher

Judith Alice Doher, a true angel, passed peacefully with family near on Sunday November 18, 2018 at Maple City Residence. Daughter of the late Maurice and Mary Dewaele. Mother of the “true loves of her life” Gabriel Doher (Jodi) and Chad Doher (Becky). Grandmother of Jayden and Jaxton. Sister of Bob Dewaele (Jan), Ted Dewaele (Marg) and the late Marjorie Sparks. Survived by her brother in law Jack Sparks. Also survived by her many nieces and nephews from both her Dewaele and Doher families who she loved dearly. Judith will be forever remembered and deeply missed by a multitude of friends and co-workers. Judith trained as a nurse at St Josephs Hospital before joining the convent and later moving forward to enjoy over 40 years as an Registered Nurse, nursing, teaching and home care. The Doher family would like to give a special thanks to the loving and caring staff at Maple City Residence and her amazing LHIN and VON palliative care team who helped make her journey more peaceful.

The celebration of life will be held at Club Lentina’s (250 National Rd Chatham Ont) on Sunday Nov 25th from 2pm – 5pm with prayer & eulogy beginning at 3pm. The Doher family has requested that rather than sending flowers, please feel free to donate to Judy’s choice The Canadian Cancer Society Breast Cancer Research. Online condolences welcome at www.lifetransitions.ca

71 Comments on “Judith Doher”

  1. I am missing my bestie terribly. I lost my spiritual sister, Judy Boody. We share Valentine birthdays and so much of deeply living. We always had a way of honouring each other whether we were near or far. We were strong women who shared our emotions, fears and changes and thus empowered one another’s growth. Sharing made everything better whether to with food, work, play, and laughter…and could we laugh together. I feel a deep deep loss in my soul as I grieve hard right now knowing that she will show up to me in many ways that are synchronistic for she understands that. Good bye my darling friend; we will meet again. I love you dearly.

  2. Gabe, Chad and families our thoughts and prayers are with you. Remembering the many good times we enjoyed with your mom and dad.

    Barry and Sandy

  3. She taught me so much, how to live life with class, style and dignity. Sail away sweet angel!

  4. Really a great women. The confidence and zest for life. Enjoy your journey to the spiritual world.Rest in peace dear Judy

  5. Really a great women. The confidence the zest for life.You will be missed.Enjoy your jouney in the spirit world.Rest in peace dear Judy.

  6. Our sincere condolences to you all. It has been I am sure the worst year of your lives. Losing both of your parents and inlaws and of course Amy. sending healing hugs and prayers to you all’

  7. Chad, Gabe & family our thoughts & prayers go out to you. She was such a beautiful person both inside and out and
    touched so many lives. She fought so hard and was always so upbeat. She will be missed.

  8. Dearest Aunt Judy, truest Queen it was my wish to remember you as you were in the past, not the present as your pain & suffering is over & May you have eternal peace. I’m also glad that Your Boys’ we’re both here for you to see you off, forever missed & loved, the eldest Doher boy & nephew, I’m here to watch over the Doher boys’ now, Rest In Peace fair lady.

  9. Gabe, Chad and family,
    May you find comfort in your memories of your Mother.
    Thinking if you all.
    Sincerely, Ted and Brenda.

  10. I taught Judy when she went into nursing, and she was a wonderful memorable student who went on to be a wonderful and caring, compassionate nurse. One of the nuns who taught nursing used to say “first a person, and then a nurse”, and Judy exemplified that by being the person she was, and nursing only allowed her the opportunity to share her strength with others. She has touched every life of every person she met.

  11. Dear Families. Judy was one of life’s true treasures. We shared our love of sitting by the beach watching the waves and the peace of just being there together. And of course the Perch Lunch at Park Side. Rest now my friend.

  12. Gabe, Chad, and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all and sending our condolences.
    Bev and Todd Warriner

  13. Gabe, Chad and families, our deepest sympathies to all of you at this time.

    Scott & Cheryl Kelly

  14. She was an amazing person and a very spiritual person . I admired her and we had great talks together . She was a great friend.I will miss her . My condolences to all your family. Sincerely Doreen Warwick

  15. Gabe ,Jodi, Jaxton and Jayden Chad and Becky so sorry to all with the passing of your Mom and Grandmother. Take comfort in knowing she is at peace.

  16. No words can truly express how much your mother meant to me and so many others. Your mom is truly a remarkable woman. She was so graceful and beautiful. I am truly honored and blessed to have met such a wonderful woman. She will be missed. My blessing and condolences to all of you.
    Matthew 5:4 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.



  17. Our condolences to you both Gabe ,Chad and your families . So very sorry for loss
    GEorge and Robbie Mallory

  18. Gabe, Jodi, Chad, Becky, Jayden & Jaxton…….your mom/mother-in-law/grandma will be missed. Her smile, positive attitude & strength will be remembered by many. Cherish the memories – these wonderful memories will help comfort you during this difficult time. Thinking of the whole family & sending our love. Hugs to all,

    Paul, Jil, Andrew & Eric Scott – xo

  19. So very sorry for your loss. May your hearts be filled with loving memories of your Mom and Gramma
    Hugs, Trudy & Dave Richards

  20. My deepest sympathy to you, Gabe and Chad whom I have known and loved since you were babes.judy and I had a very special relationship. We met in the convent where we shared many interesting experiences, many in sacred silence. We were maids of honour for each other’s weddings and have kept in touch over the years.She was a very special person. I am so sad that she is gone but I am so happy that she was here! Bless you Gabe and Chad for taking such good care of my precious friend.

  21. Gabe, Chad, and Families,
    Judy was a great lady and she will be missed! We met at St. Joseph’s Hospital school of nursing (class of 1962) and have stayed friends for life.
    May she rest in peace. With sincere sympathy.

    Judy and John Grocott

  22. My dear Gabe,Chad and Family,
    …Your Mom was dearly loved and she adored her Family,her Friends.
    It was my honour to be Her Friend…
    Judith “ Maria “….thanks for all the memories and love…
    Hugs to all,
    Barb and Michael Barron

  23. My deepest sympathy to her family. I will miss her smile and humour. What a beautiful lady.

  24. Judy was a wonderful sister and sister-in-law. She was never afraid of a challenge. Judy never complained about her illness but always looked on the bright side of life. She always enjoyed our family gatherings. We will miss you Judy at the Dewaele birthday parties. Sending our love & hugs to her family Gabe, Jodi, Jayden & Jaxton and Chad & Becky.
    With our sympathy.
    Aunt Margaret & Uncle Ted

  25. Condolences to Judy’s family…..Judy had a smile that lit up a room. She was a beautiful soul and we are certain you will miss her. Please accept our deepest sympathies….Deanna and Luce Cools

  26. My thoughts and prayers are with you Gabe, Chad and your families. You mother was a wonderful and kind woman.

  27. Gabe and Chad and all the family. Although it has been so many years since we have seen each other, your mother and our family times together will always be close to our hearts. Judy was a loving light of kindness, joy, and mischief that made all our times together richer. She will be dearly missed. My thoughts and sympathies are with you all.

    Nadine Beaulieu (Auntie Annette and Uncle Lou)

  28. Gabe, Chad and families, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. Hugs, Tom & Glenda Lynch

  29. I will always have such fond memories of this lovely soul. Since the days when I was such a young girl in Lynnwood playing with Gabe, to hanging out at her place with her niece Carm lived with her, to the occasional chance meetings in the aisles of Winners. Always a smile, and those kind, kind eyes. Such a wonderfully kind and loving woman.

  30. I will never forget your mother. She and I had so much in common…mom, nurse, and friend as well as neighbours. She and I had many a conversation about the goodness of life and what it held for us. I could tell you stories, but suffice it to say how wonderful a mom and compassionate person she was. I feel truly blessed that I knew her, and shared so much with her.
    Just know that your mother was someone to always to look up to and follow her convictions. She was a true and humble soul. Grateful that I had the chance to know her and your family.

  31. Gabe, Jodi, Jayden, Jax, Chad and Becky,
    Our sincere sympathy for the loss of your Mom. Keeping you all close to our hearts in friendship ( and family)
    Odie, Beth, Evan, Colleen and Lydia

  32. Gabe, Jodi, Jayden, Jax, Chad and Becky,
    We shared so many memories and great times. I will always remember our talks and laughs. Aunt Jude was the best Aunt, Great Aunt and Sister. Very outgoing, thoughtful, friendly and positive. We were so lucky to be close and have so much time together. She will truly be missed. Aunt/Sister Judy, rest in peace. xoxo
    Bob(Jan), Carmen (Rick, Clark, Simone and Deacon), Stefan(Peggy) and Perry (Brady)Dewaele

  33. Rosie Kalfayan
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Judy and I were friends from way back in high school. I am so thankful that I did get to talk to her a few weeks ago. We had some great memories.

  34. Gabe/Jodi Chad/Becky it saddens me for the loss of your mom . She was a beautiful lady. But you are so lucky to have memories of her for you to share . Prayers for all of you❤️

  35. Sorry to hear this. Pam and I send our thoughts and prayers to Gabe, Jodi, Chad, Becky and families. Best always,

  36. Gabe, Jodi, Chad, Becky and families. We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days. Andrew & Tracey Lawrence. Hugs

  37. Gabe, Chad and families:
    Our hearts go out to all of you. Mom can surely rest in peace knowing she raised two wonderful, caring boys. We know she was so proud of you. Her strength and courage have been inspiring.
    Her smile and spirit will live on in you.
    RIP Judy
    Prayers and Hugs

  38. Gabe, Jodie, Chad, Beckie and Families.
    I wish to offer my sincere condolences at the passing of your mother. She was a lovely person, who will be missed

  39. Both Bev and Ihave many happy memories of Judy with a smile Her trips to Erieau, sailing times, and just visits, I especially remember Judy as a colleague at Meadowpark Nursing Home. No matter what the hour she arrived for duty happy and ready to do for others. God Bless,pretty Lady. Bev and Diane

  40. Chad,Beckie, Gabe, Jodi & family
    We send our sincerest sympathy. It has been a pleasure to get to know you all in this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. Karrie & John Matthew (“The neighbours”)

  41. Dear Ones all, in Judy’s family:
    May you know the same peace and love that your Mom, grandma/aunt/sister, so beautifully expressed in her daily living.
    A beacon of Light, a messenger of faith and joy, your Mom will continue to inspire me from beyond as she did so consistently while we studied Course in Miracles and the work of David Hawkins together for over 20 years, in this world.
    With high thoughts & prayers, Rosalind Mariconda .

  42. Judith Doher was an elegant and beautiful woman.
    When she walked into a room it was like she was walking on air.
    She came across like a movie star and has given her gifts of love, personality and kindness to her children to carry-on . As their business partner and friend I can say with confidence that they have not and will not let her down
    Judith we will all miss you dearly .

  43. We’ve met Judy in Canada ,we’ve met Judy in Belgium. She’s one of those great cousins of which we’re proud! Far away and so closeby is only possible if you know how to connect with people. We remember Judy as a joyfull and open minded person, interested in the human being, interested in the surrounding world.
    Judy, great person, beautiful person, thanks for those warm moments together.
    Warmest greetings from your Belgian relatives.

  44. Dear Gabe and Chad,
    My sincere condolences to you both and your family during this time. Sending thoughts and prayers.
    Christina Roberts

  45. Ted, Marg, Bob and Jan. Growing up with holidays at the Dewaele house will always be in my memory. Judy always made sure Marjorie and I we enjoying ourselves. Now you boys have to take care of things. To Gabe and Chad, I remember you growing up in Blenheim. Sorry to all for the loss of a great person. Love to all.

  46. Most sincere sympathy, Judy was a capable, caring and compassionate professional loved and respected by everyone she worked with. She was so patient and tolerant on the golf course with “duffers” like me. It was a privilege to know her and to call her friend.

  47. I will always remember Judy for her joyful laugh and continuous smile. She was a pleasure to work with during our time together at Meadow Park Nursing Home. Ted and Marg I am so very sad to hear of her passing but I know her faith was great as well as she is now peacefully at rest.
    To all of her family I know all the loving memories of Judy will also bring you peace.
    Becky Stoliker

  48. Michael Gavin

    Inspired by Judy over many years. Always be remembered as one who embraced life every day in spite of many hardships. Love you.

  49. Dear Judy,you always brought light and your loving presence to every encounter. And joy! We miss you already. Mary Elizabeth and you will rock Heaven. Sympathies to your family and many friends.


  51. Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family Jodi & Gabe. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Hugs. From: Cherie & Todd Wood & family

  52. Good morning, Chad and Gabe,
    Please accept our most sincere condolences, on behalf of my wife and myself. We are happy to have had the pleasure of meeting your mom, with the beautiful spirit that she displayed, absolutely contageous. We could tell that she felt a great great deal of pride and joy in both of your accomplishments. We are sure you will continue to make her proud, now with the help of a heavenly angel.

    We are sad for your loss, may she rest in peace.

    I’m attempting to make arrangements to join you in the service tomorrow, at the last minute. Not sure if that will be possible.

  53. Gabe, Chad and families,
    Thinking of you at this sad time. I have been fondly remembering all of the wonderfilled times and laughs I shared with your mom all over the place – but especially those in Banff. I will cherish the memory of us climbing to the top of the mountain in Lake Louise to the Lake Agnes tea house together. Her spirit is as beautiful, joyfilled and peaceful as that view. I will always remember her there.
    Take good care.

  54. We are all better for having known this wonderful, beautiful woman. She was fierce in her love for her family. Her spirit shone though in everything she did and her smile lit up a room. We shared a deep friendship over many years and went on many adventures together. I cannot put into words how much I will miss her. I am comforted by the fact that she is now resting peacefully.

  55. Gabe, Jodi, Chad, Becky, Jayden and Jax…..I am so sorry for your loss. Judy loved you so much and she was definitely loved by you all. She couldn’t have had better caring and loving sons, a testiment to her for sure. She was definitely a ray of sunshine and a joy to be around and will most surely be missed by many. Thinking of you all, with my deepest sympathies, Lisa XOXO

  56. A picture of Judy I carry in my heart. The memory of her joyful friendship I carry in my soul. When time grows thin she will still help carry me onward. Through the veil that seems to separate us all the gifts of life she gave still flow towards me and those she loved. From what she loved, A Course in Miracles, which led her to her wholeness (slightly amended to read in the voice of women):

    ” I am God’s Daughter, complete and healed and whole, shinning in the reflection of His Love. In me is His creation sanctified and guaranteed eternal life. In me is love perfected, fear impossible, and joy established without opposite. I am in Heaven where His Love resides.”


    You came but for a while. When Jesus called
    You were content to go. For who would stay
    To watch the dreary cycle of the night’s
    Turn coldly grey with each returning day?

    This world was not your home. Would God allow
    His child to wander long without a home
    Which He Himself makes bright? Your tired eyes
    Closed gratefully when be at last said, “Come”.

    You have forgot all this. All thoughts that hurt,
    All sorrow, all regret, have ceased to be
    In your remembrance. He Who called to you
    Has loosened all your chains and set you free.

    Because I love you I would have you go.
    Because I love Him I can scarcely weep.
    Because He loves you I can scarcely weep.
    And in that glory you but seem to sleep.

    He came in mercy. Let me give Him thanks.
    You stayed with us until you saw Him smile
    And tell your is finished. He will come
    For me that way in just a little while.

    It is this for this I wait, in certainty
    That He Who made the stars will not forget,
    I will be glad so see Himsmile at me,
    Or if He pleases, to wait a little yet.

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