Ella “Doris” Sorensen (March 5, 1930 – September 21, 2022)

Doris passed away peacefully at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital on Wednesday, September 21st, at the age of 92.

She was born at the Grace Hospital in Calgary, Alberta to Danish immigrant parents, Hjalmar and Sigrid Stoyberg. She was a beloved sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunty and friend. She was predeceased by her daughter Devonne Catherine Norman and by her younger sister Dagney and her husband Walter Johnson, younger brother Elmer and his wife Elsie Stoyberg. She is survived by her younger sister Tova (Dewey) Lodewyk, younger brother Brian (Donna) Stoyberg and her sons Kim (Marnie) Sorensen, Danny (Gayle) Sorensen, Perry Sorensen, her grandchildren Erica (Matt) Crowther, Lief (Emily) Sorensen, Axel (Heather) Sorensen, Christopher (Melissa) Sorensen, Jodie (Joe) Atkinson, Stacy (Liam) Cosgrove, Sasha (Randy) Dorscheid, Danica (Jared) Friesen, Ryan Sorensen, Taylor Sorensen, Christian Sorensen and 17 great grandchildren.

Doris has been involved with farming her whole life and also later worked as a Justice of the Peace and a deputy court clerk in Grande Prairie before retiring at 65 years of age in 1995.

Doris’s passion has always been her horses, but her greatest joy was teaching her grandkids about horses.

Doris was a teacher! She would ride with anyone who had the time, but she was most passionate about teaching her grandkids and anyone who was interested in the finer points of riding horses or competing in horse shows. She supported her families in their many efforts in the ring, and they were successfully in most competitions they entered.

She loved the Danish culture and cooking, especially the Danish Smorgasbord. She loved her garden, picking berries, pickling and quilting. She brought warmth to every room she ever entered. She was loved and respected by everyone. She will be missed and lovingly remembered forever!

Our family would like to acknowledge the incredible care Doris received from her Doctor, Dr. Pope, the staff at the MacKenzie Place Care Facility and the nurses at the emergency department at the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. My mom would want us to pass on her heartfelt thank you to all of them.

A celebration of life will be held at Oliver’s Funeral Home in Grande Prairie on Friday, October 28th, at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, please donate, in her name, to the charity of your choice.