2990 Church St., South Mountain, ON

Doris Jean Ennis Nee Suffel May 12, 1923 - April 16, 2015

A wonderful mother, Doris Ennis( nee Suffel), passed away after a very full and enjoyable life. Her husband of 63 years, Gordon predeceased her in 2010. Doris was born in Mountain Township to Arnold and Christina Suffel and remained a life-long resident of Dundas County. She is survived by her six children. Marilyn (Allan) Assance, George (Susan), David (Mary), Colleen (David) Howard, Janine (Chris) Christensen and Arlene (Jamie) Sommerville. Also survived by her sister Donna Metcalfe and sister-in-law Lorna Suffel. She was predeceased by George (Geraldine) Suffel, Russell, Marion (Joe) Kilgour and Rose (Bob) Thompson. Also Roy (Audrey) Ennis, Hilda (Lloyd) LaPorte and Lena (Arrington) Stewart. She derived tremendous enjoyment from her 15 grandchildren, aged 13 to 38, who will miss her love and wisdom. Eight great grandchildren form part of her legacy. She will be remembered for her constant and enduring love and support for her large family. She instilled a love of learning in her children and encouraged an interest in music and community participation. She was a talented wordsmith and her collection of letters to her sisters entitled “Roots & Wings” is still inspirational to young parents.

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Her commitment to the Winchester United Church was important as were her friends at the Beechcroft and her friends and neighbours encountered over her 91 years. Her family wishes to thank Dr. David Flowers for his constant and unwavering support to her over many years. Donations to the Winchester United Church would be greatly appreciated by the family. Doris will rest at the Byers Funeral Home, 2990 Church Street, South Mountain (613-989-3836) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. A Funeral Service will be held at the Winchester United Church 519 St. Lawrence Street on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 11 a.m. Online condolences may be made to


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    Ron and Susan Suffel says

    Are thoughts are with your family, she will be greatly missed. She lived a full live and left a great deal of people with fond memories.

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    Diane Myles says

    Quite simply, Doris was the most amazing grandmother and mother-in-law. She possessed a beautiful mixture of strength, dignity, selflessness, and a fierce, non-judgemental love for her entire family. She will be sadly missed. She will be joyfully remembered.

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    Kim Gamble says

    Arlene, my heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. Thinking of you, Kim Gamble.

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    Maureen, Jeff Heuff & Family says

    To the Entire Ennis Family

    Our sincere condolences on your loss of a very Special lady that gave so much joy to everyone she had met. She will be sadly missed. Our prayers are with each of you on the days ahead.


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    Freida Coleman says

    Remembering everyone with special prayers and thoughts at this difficult time.

    Sincerely ,

    Freida Coleman

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    YMCA of Western Ontario says

    The staff of the YMCA of Western Ontario would like to express deepest sympathies to the Ennis family for their loss.

    Mike and his family are in the thoughts of his extended family at the Y in London.

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    Christiane Sevier (nee Thompson) says

    Aunt Doris was a wonderful, vibrant presence to all that had the pleasure of knowing her. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. Our hearts goes out to all of her beautiful family and friends during this difficult time.

    Chris, Mark, Megan & Megan

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    Sue Soney says

    Deepest sympathies David to you and your family

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    Terrie Chedore says

    Doris was indeed a wonderful woman full of wisdom and love of life. I have very fond memories of long discussions and the many times she offered support and encouragement. My deepest condolences to each of you as you journey through this sad time. May you find comfort in each other and in your combined memories as you celebrate a life well lived. And Doris …. may your spirit rise on the wings of an eagle!
    Terrie Chedore

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    William Widenmaier says

    My sincerest sympathy is extended on

    this sad occasion. Besides being one’s

    last link to the past, a person’s mother

    is also the manifestation of love and of

    unconditional generosity. With her, all

    is now well.


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    Rev. Paul Rodey says

    My childhood memories of Doris are still very memorable. Spending time on the farm feeding the pigs, milking the cows. Rides to the cheese factory with all the milk cans in the back of the truck. Doris was a great mother not only to her own children but many, many more. My prayers are with all of the family and I truly wish I could be with all of you tomorrow! Warmest regards, Rev. Paul Rodey

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    To each of you, my sympathy during this time of sadness. What wonderful childhood memories I have of your dearest Mother as she so often opened her home and heart to friends of her children. I being one who benefited.. music, books, such calmness & patience. Then later when my Mom Christena moved into the Beachcroft and became as even closer neighbour.

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    Patrick and Glenda O'Brien says

    We are saddened to hear of Doris’s passing – our condolences to the entire Ennis family, and especially our longtime friends George and Sue

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    Patrick and Glenda O'Brien says

    We are saddened to hear of Doris’s passing – our condolences to the entire Ennis family, and especially our longtime friends George and Sue

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    Larry Stevens says

    Dear Marilyn, George , David, Colleen, Janine and Arlene,
    My deepest sympathies to you on Doris’ passing.

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