Doreen Annie

Date of death:
Friday February 23, 2018

The Calgary Herald, AB

Lewis, Doreen Annie Doreen Lewis (94) passed away February 23, 2018 in her sleep at the George Boyack Nursing Home where she had lived for the past two-and-a-half years. She leaves behind three children Larry Cameron (Carey), Marilyn Torell (John) and Laird Cameron (Cathi); seven grandchildren Brett Cameron (Teresa Marshall), Ryan Cameron, Justin Cameron (Elizabeth), Kirstin Walker (Graham), Cameron Torell (Brooke), Scott Sanders (Erin) and Steven Sanders (Amanda). She was also blessed with seven great-grandchildren Kara, Leah, Nixon, Maddox, Axe, Ara and Morgan. Doreen (Mom) was born on a farm 5 miles north of Frobisher, Saskatchewan, the fourth of five children, to Henry James and Jessie Whiting, immigrants from England and South Wales. She arrived early before the doctor could get there and was in a hurry pretty much until she was slowed by old age. She grew up with fond memories of the farm, never going without but not having much either. The Depression shaped her through the rest of her life, always thrifty and never wasteful. She and her siblings attended Monroe School, a one-room schoolhouse 2 miles from the farm. According to legend, it was uphill to school and uphill back home. During winter, snow reached the top of telephone poles, and in summer they were lucky the grasshoppers didn't eat their one set of clothes! Unlike her older brother and two sisters, who only went to grade 8, Doreen continued on to grade 12 and then left for Regina to attend Balfour Technical School, where she learned secretarial skills. Her first job was for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Doreen married Wes Cameron in Regina in 1946, and in 1951 they moved to Calgary. Except for a 15 year stretch, Calgary was her home until the end. During a second marriage she had stays in Fernie, BC, Medicine Hat and Edmonton. Our Mom was a positive spirit with enormous energy and many skills. She could cook or bake practically anything, sharing her baked goodies each year to everyone that was lucky enough to get it. Growing up, we saw her can vegetables, fruit, make jams, bread, fudge, cookies, pies, etc. She grew a garden each year that none of us kids were interested in helping with. She also worked a full-time job and sometimes a part-time job without the benefit of a car to get there. For someone so short, she walked faster than anyone thought possible. Mom was a terrific friend to those lucky enough to know her, some lasting literally a lifetime. She was kind and caring and interested in you. Mom was friends with a large group of War Brides from England, getting together periodically just to have fun. The house was loud and noisy when this group arrived. In mid-life she was fortunate to take big trips to Europe, New Zealand, Alaska, and the Maritimes with Pat McPherson and Alice Boudreau. She wrote to a pen pal for over 70 years, Alwyn from New Zealand. She also loved animals and had pets her whole life. For many years she walked the trails of Nose Hill with her dogs, always carrying treats to make friends with other dogs along the way. Mom was too early for cell phone pictures but you couldn't get away from her without having your picture taken; sometimes, not everything made it into the picture. A head would be missing, or it was too far left or right, but those were Mom's special pictures that made us laugh. And Mom was the first to laugh at herself; it was never at someone else's expense. Mom's best trait of all, above all the others, was how she made you feel. That was especially true for the daughters-in-law and son-in-law who loved her like their own mother; she deserved every bit of it. Each had a special place in Mom's heart. We all are going to miss her terribly. Lastly, the family would like to say a special thanks to the staff at George Boyack in 2 North Wing for their care and kindness to Mom all the time she was there. If there are angels on earth, they work at George Boyack. Mom has been cremated and a small family gathering is yet to be set. Published in The Calgary Herald from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2018

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