Doris Violet FOWLER


Doris Violet was born March 12, 1921 at Castor, Alberta. She was the fifth child of Harry and Celia Duncan. Her dad nicknamed her Toots as she was small like a Tootsie Doll.

Toots attended Leader School until Grade 11, at which time she moved to Halkirk to work for Earl Jackson at the Red and White Store. During this time, Toots along with her sister Jean and brother in law Henry Dahmer formed an orchestra and played for many dances in the area.

On November 22, 1946 she married Jim Fowler of Halkirk. They bought a farm two and a half miles south of Halkirk where she lived until retiring to Stettler in 2001. Toots loved the farming way of life and was an active member of the Halkirk Community. She was a member of the Sunny Circle Club, Royal Purple, Halkirk Hall Board and organized church services at the Halkirk Community Church. Toots enjoyed watching all sports, especially if her children or grandchildren were playing. Toots enjoyed discing and loved to walk.

Toots is survived by her son Dan (Clara) of Halkirk and her daughter Dixie (Steve Kossowan) of Cochrane; six grandchildren: Justin Fowler (Renée), Amanda Jackson (Steve), Dean and Lee Fowler, Chad and Lany Kossowan; two great grandchildren Brody and Kaylee Jackson; sisters Fern (Louie) Engel and Jean Plouvier; brothers Jimmy Duncan and Harry (Hazel) Duncan; all of the Duncan and Fowler families; other family and many dear friends. Toots will be dearly missed. Grama we love you to bits and pieces.

A funeral service for Doris Fowler was held on Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Halkirk Community Hall, Halkirk, Alberta with Bernie Doan officiating. Loving family tributes were presented by daughter Dixie Kossowan and granddaughter Amanda Jackson. Cathy Schaffner shared her gift of music as pianist for the congregational hymns Beautiful Isle of Somewhere and Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling, the recessional selection was Always, which was Doris and Jim’s wedding song. Doris was laid to rest in the Halkirk Cemetery beside her beloved husband Jim, with grandchildren: Chad Kossowan, Lany Kossowan, Justin Fowler, Amanda Jackson, Dean Fowler and Lee Fowler serving as active pallbearers. Following the interment service family and friends joined together in the Halkirk Community Hall for a time of sharing memories and a luncheon prepared and served by the Halkirk Hall Board. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Doris to Halkirk Cemetery, Alzheimer Society or a charity of choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. To view or send condolences to Doris’ family please visit

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