Mom passed away peacefully on a beautiful, sunny Sunday, August 28th, after an unexpected but brief stay at the Chilliwack General Hospital, at the age of 87.
Beloved mother, grandmother, daughter and friend, she was comforted by her daughters, son, and grandchildren, as she slipped away at her favourite time of day, the dinner hour.
An open-hearted, creative and energetic hostess, famous for her party games, pumpkin pie and cheesecake, a fabulous seamstress, and avid knitter. A proud 2nd generation Vancouverite, history buff, and passionate about the United Empire Loyalists, from whom she was awarded The Most Honourable Order of Meritorious Heritage in official recognition of her outstanding contribution in resurrecting the Vancouver Branch of the U.E.L., a life member of the Vancouver Branch, U.E.L., and Charter Member of the Chilliwack Branch U.E.L. She was a Past Honoured Queen of Bethel No. 1 International Order of Job’s Daughters and a Charter Member of Zarah Temple No. 72 Daughters of the Nile.
Predeceased by husband Stanley Caswell Todhunter (1981) and sister Phyllis Sutton (1997), her partner in the Gordon Campbell Limited, Vancouver (1963-1983).
A valued employee of The University of British Columbia’s English Department for several years, Doreen loved language and was a sought out wordsmith and expert in the M.L.A. Style Sheet and the Chicago Manual of Style.
An amazing mother and nana whose heart was always open no matter for who, what, when, or how. She was so loved and will be carried in the hearts of those who loved her and forever missed by her children and grandchildren and extended families, Judy (Ken Rosmus), James, Susannah, Christina, Sam, Mark; Karen (Bob Derham); Ron (Janet Wagner), Robert, Sean, Schuyler, Jaydon; and Linda (Chris Godwin), Morgan, Sean, Nicole. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Drs. Brodie, Dueck, Easton and the extraordinary nursing staff at the Chilliwack General Hospital.
A Celebration of Doreen’s Life will be held at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack, on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.
If friends so desire, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
Online condolences can be left at www.hendersonsfunerals.com