San Francisco Chronicle

Doris Buvelot-Harkins

January 14, 1987 - February 25, 2023


Doris Miriam Buvelot-Harkins passed away peacefully on February 25,

2023 at the age of 36 after a battle with Synovial Sarcoma cancer and Pneumonia .

Doris was born January 14, 1987 in San Francisco, California, but was

raised and spent most of her life in Contra Costa County. She was an active

member of the St. Catherine of Siena Parish community, having

participat­ed in the teen team leadership program during high school. After

graduating with a degree in Nursing/BSN-RN in 2012 from Dominican

University in San Rafael, Doris moved to Medford, Oregon to start her

career as a nurse at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Hospital. In

2016, she moved back to California to be closer to her family and began

work for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto. In

continuati­on of pursuing her passion to work with children, in 2018 Doris

began work as a Registered Nurse at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Oakland in their Endocrinol­ogy Department. Doris loved being a nurse,

she was able to touch so many lives while making her dreams a reality. In

2017, Doris met her true love, Daniel Harkins. They were wed August 7,

2021 in a beautiful ceremony at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in

Livermore. While Doris looked forward to becoming a mother, she

unfortunat­ely never had the chance as her illness cut her dream short

resulting in her cat, Stella, becoming the child they could dote on.

Doris was known to friends, family, patients, and co-workers as someone

with a beautiful smile, a warm and loving heart, and who was patient and

kind to everyone she crossed paths with. She immediatel­y lit up any room

she entered and touched so many lives, having had a positive impact on

friends and strangers alike. Doris was also an inspiratio­n with her sheer

persistenc­e to accomplish her goals and make her dreams come true. Her

resilience and grit were truly impressive.

Doris was preceded in death by her grandfathe­r John, grandmothe­r Odette,

and aunt Josephine. She is survived by her husband Dan, loving parents

Gilbert and Christine, her sister Adriana, and brother Anthony.

Before her passing, Doris requested an organizati­on be founded where her

legacy of generosity and love of serving others would be able to continue.

Due to this last request, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be

made to the Doris Buvelot-Harkins Sarcoma Foundation.­ation

A funeral mass will be held in her honor at Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Martinez this Saturday at 10:00 am .

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