Obituaries

Courtney Raelynn Doering

17/05/1989 - 30/07/2020

Obituary for Courtney Raelynn Doering

May 17, 1989 – July 30-, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family announce that our beautiful Courtney Raelynn Doering passed away suddenly at the University of Alberta Hospital with her family at her side, on July 30, 2020 at the age of 31 years.
Courtney was born on May 17, 1989 to Terry and Dana Doering and will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her sister Chelsi, her brother Justin, her son Connor and the love of her life Bob. She will be greatly missed by her grandparents, her aunties, uncles, numerous cousins, her special friend Alicia and so, so many other friends.
Courtney has waiting for her, with open arms in heaven, her Grandpa Jack, uncles Ralph, Rick, Rod, Trent, Frank and Grandma Eileen.
Courtney has filled our lives with laughter, love and great joy.
A Celebration of Courtney’s Life will be held on Friday, August 7th at 1pm at Bear Creek Funeral Home, 11802 99 Avenue Grande Prairie. Due to Covid restrictions, the Celebration of Life will be by invitation only and the service will be live streamed on Bear Creek You Tube for those unable to attend. Interment will follow for immediate family.
A trust fund has been set up for Courtney’s son, Connor James William at Toronto Dominion Bank, Westgate Drive, Grande Prairie.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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Our thoughts and prayers to you Dana and Terry. Our little girls met in the hospital. The girls talked occasionally ever since. Kari from Venezuela became a friend of Courney's. on her exchange. Courtney is an angel. Hugs to all of you. Judy/Dale
- Judy Carlson
So very sorry for your loss. I met Courtney once in 2007 when my friend Trudy Kelly was in town and Dana and Courtney and Violet King met us at Casey's pub one summer day. I remember her spunk and beautiful smile. And her obvious love of life.
- Elaine O’hara
Dana, Terry and family, so very sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
- Barb McInnis
Dana & Terry, my condolences to you on Courtney's passing. She was a wonderful young lady and such an inspiration to so many. Your in my thoughts and prayers! Love Pat
- Pat Francis
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time of losing a beloved daughter Dana and Terry. I remember Courtney so fondly from our brief visit in Grand Prairie on our return from Whitehorse 3 years ago. She was newly pregnant at that point and so happy. Take good care of each other. Betty Lou and John and families.
- Betty Lou Tilley
With loving thoughts of a girl that brought great joy from her first cry. She was so beautiful with all that hair and the biggest eyes. A mini Dana. She inspired everyone she met and was fire,light and more spirit than 1000 people. There are those that teach and Courtney was a born teacher by the way she livedxand celebrated each day. Send love to all. I wish u was there but there in spirit.
- Deborah Doyle
Terry and Dana, There are no words. I send you the most heartfelt love and hugs. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Love, Cheryl & family.
- Cheryl Watson
I am so sorry for your loss.My condolences to you and your family.Please take care.
- Sylvia macdonald
My Dearest Dana & Terry. Neil & I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Please know that our most sincere thoughts and prayers are for you, on the lose of your beautiful, precious daughter. She was an inspiration to everyone that knew her, and she will be greatly missed. The Lord just knew it was time for her to come home. Anytime you need a hug and someone to talk to, we will be there for you. Love, Debbie & Neil.
- Debra Gustavson

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