VIOLET DOERKSEN (nee SWANSON)
June 26, 1918 – October 31, 2012
Our beloved Violet Doerksen was called home to the Lord on October 31, 2012 at the age of 94. Violet was the fifth of eight children born in Weldon, Saskatchewan to Samuel and Kristina Swanson. She graduated with a Teacher’s Diploma from Millar Memorial Bible Institute in 1942 and completed nurses training at Missionary Medical Institute in 1945. At an early age she accepted the call of God to devote her life to missionary service. For 33 years she ministered under SIM Canada as an active missionary to Ethiopia and Niger. The entire family was delighted when Violet, at the age of 78, married John Doerksen. John and Violet enjoyed 11 years together before God called John home in 2008. Violet was also predeceased by siblings: Phillip Swanson, Ely Swanson, Rev. Ruben Swanson, Lillian Swanson and Esther RaeArthur, and two nephews: Leslie RaeArthur and Donald Swanson. One sister, Baby Mary, died in infancy. She is survived by one brother, Rev. Earl Swanson and his wife Edna, and one sister-in-law Alice Swanson, 11 nephews: David (Vreny), Robert (Sydney), Harold (Shirley), Glen, Lyle (Joanne), Norman (Carol), Bruce (Connie), Virgil, Rodney (Sandy) and Gordon (Kim) Swanson, David (Margaret) RaeArthur, 6 nieces: Marylin (Ken) Fletcher, Myriam (Calvin) Turbyfield, Sharon Swanson, Elaine (Gary) McLeod, Shirley (Bruce) Florence, Valdene (Wayne) Wager and numerous great nephews and nieces. She is also survived by step-sons Arthur (Lyn) Doerkson and Donald (Kaisu) Doerksen and their children and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be directed to SIM Canada. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 10th at the Aldergrove Fellowship Baptist Church, 28163 Swensson Avenue, Abbotsford.