Doris was the 11th child born to Edith and Albert Laskey on 20 July 1941. She was born and raised on the family farm on Dufferin Road and graduated from the Chipman Regional High School in 1960. Over the next 2 years Doris worked for the Atkinson Law Firm in Fredericton, NB and the Superintendent of the Schools in Gagetown, NB. In 1962, she went on a trip to Petawawa, Ontario to visit with her sister Marg and met who was to be the love of her life for the next 32 years. In a few short months she married Russell Hann who was a soldier in the military stationed in Petawawa. She returned to NB after a few weeks and a short while after that, Russell knocked on the door and asked for her hand in marriage. Doris accepted and they married in Chipman on 29 September 1962. Shortly after that, Doris moved to Germany with her new husband and they were posted for 4 years to Soest, Germany. It was in a little town called Balve, Germany that they welcomed their first born child, a beautiful baby girl, named Cheryl Lynn. It was only 6 weeks after that, Russell was posted to Calgary. Doris loved children and from 1967-68 they fostered a total of nine foster babies in hopes of giving them a better start in life. In 1969 Doris was ecstatic to welcome to this world , her own bouncing baby boy named Ronald. In 1971 the family moved to Lahr, Germany for 5 more years. From 1976-1978 Doris and her family resided in Oromocto but they just hadn’t got quite enough of that European culture and they were posted back to Germany again; this time for 6 more years. It was during this tour that Doris not only raised two children, but also returned to the work force as a secretary. During this time she worked for the Department of National Defence and her sharp mind, attention to detail, thoroughness, neatness and extreme accuracy earned her many a commendation and immense praise from all she worked with and worked for. In 1984, the family returned to Petawawa, Ontario and here her children flew from the nest. In 1991 she was blessed with twin granchildren Bryana and Christopher. Doris also had one great grand child named Jasper born in 2011. Upon Russ’ retirement, they moved to Ladysmith, BC in 1994.
As we all know life doesn’t always go according to plan and Doris’s life was no different. It should be noted that Doris was not just all about moving from one side of the world to the other. Doris loved to tell stories and many were ones that probably shouldn’t be repeated here. Soon after Doris moved back to Chipman the stars aligned and the sparks flew and she reconnected with Mr. John Corbett. Now I will let you in on a little secret….. Doris and John dated back in the day and it was like it was meant to be all along. She and John went on to experience love and happiness for the next 19 years. It was noticed by many that “Doris quickened his step and John always had a glow of happiness”. He affectionately called her Babes and for Doris he was a breath of fresh air and a ray of sunshine even on a dark day. They enjoyed many many precious moments and happy times together. Doris loved reading books, attending reunions, festivals, and even took a trip to the flower pots at the Bay of Fundy and PEI. Everyone who knew her will say that Doris was a great story teller especially those about the shenanigans and antics from her younger days. She could often be found at the end of the road telling a story or two at the mail box with her neighbour Gertie, or in the driveway with her other neighbour Kelly. Doris loved to talk on the phone too. If you called Doris you best be prepared to sit down because hours could easily go by while you and her went from one topic to another. As Joanne can attest, “We had some great chats”. Doris loved pizza with ketchup and her deep fried veggies from the Bear’s Den. Doris loved all animals… whether it was a chatty little squirrel on the deck rail, a dozen deer in the backyard or a racoon looking into her front window. Doris absolutely adored her cat named Skittles. Skittles was found abandoned by its mom on John’s farm and he brought it to Doris to be nursed back to health. After 14 years Skittles was her companion that I am sure heard many a story, probably a few secrets and comforted her during both good and bad times. Doris loved to share pictures of cats with Laurel and no matter the season Doris would decorate for the occasion. Doris had many many friends and living life with the military she had friends from Newfoundland to British Columbia and even across the pond. She was very good at staying in touch or getting back in touch with those that were in her heart. Everyone of her friends both young and old will tell you that she was kind, helpful, a fantastic story teller and she would often ask “So have you enjoyed any “chocolate” lately?” Once there was a water fight amongst the sisters at a birthday gathering and I was told that the looks of her sister’s Laura, Jean and herself were like three little drowned rats with smiles as big as the river is today. She enjoyed listening to her brother Fred play his guitar and the many great gatherings at her brother Archie’s camp. She liked to tease, especially her brother Garnet. Doris and Oscar would often talk about the world across the pond which she was well rehearsed with. She would often spend time with her sister Bessie and they sat many an afternoon telling stories under the old oak tree in the backyard. Doris has many nieces and nephews but she was especially close to her niece, Miriam and Miriam’s son Jason, and her niece Susan. Doris appreciated all the help she has received over the years and folks like Doreen, Johnny, Gerald and Monique just to name a few, made her life just that much better. Doris touched many hearts and whether you have been mentioned today or not, she cherished each and every friendship she has ever made. All her friends have told me that Doris has left a void in their life but we should all take comfort in knowing that after being separated from John for only 6 weeks they are back together, in each others company, as they once did and they are busy visiting all their friends and family that have passed before them……only this time for Doris there is no more pain, no more sorrow and no more sickness that plagued her for so many, many years.
Think of a land of no sorrow,
Think of a land of no fears,
Think of no death and no sickness,
Think of a land of no tears (Anon)
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Doris Edith Hann on April 22, 2019 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital. Doris was born in Chipman on July 20, 1941, daughter of the late Albert (Edith Johnston) Laskey
Doris is survived by her children, Cheryl Lynn (Glynn) Williams of Cold Lake, AB and Ronald Hann (Barbara Ackermann) of Bochum, Germany; sister, Laura Morton; brother, Fred (Jean) Laskey, grandchildren, Bryana and Christopher Gwynn; great grandson Jasper Gwynn; father of her children, Russell Hann, many nieces, nephews and her beloved fur baby Skiddles.
Family will receive comfort at the Second Chipman United Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 12:00 pm until service time at 1:00 pm. Interment will be made in the Second Chipman United Baptist Church Cemetery at a later date.
Predeceased by the love of her life, John Corbett; brothers, Oscar, Archie and Garnet Laskey; sisters, Bessie Stewart, Margaret O’Quinn, Jean Cole and infant siblings, Evelyn, Miriam and Leonard.
Donations in memory of Doris made to the charity of choice would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home Ltd. & Crematorium. (339-6612). Memories and condolences may be shared through www.chipmanfuneralhome.ca