Dora DoanJuly 5, 1924 ~ December 2, 2017 (age 93)
Peacefully, on December 2nd, 2017 at the age of 93, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Dora Doan of Riding Mountain, Manitoba, passed away at Neepawa Health Centre.
Dora is lovingly remembered and survived by her children, Nelson (Pat), Derek (Diane), David and Charlene, Mark, Peter (Deb), and Tim (Rhonda).
Grandchildren Stefan (Susan), Karyn (Kasey), Christopher (Briana), Carmen (Doug), Tracy, Erik, Matthew, Carmelle, Michael, Amanda, Meagan, and Seth.
Great-grandchildren Liam, Ethan, Gavin, Nathaniel, Kaden, Haleigh, Alicia, Emily, Paige, Reese, Brooke, and Vienna.
Dora was predeceased by her loving husband, Archie of 57 years, her parents, Thomas and Jennie Dennis, brothers Norman and Harold, and sister Nora. She is survived by her sister Laura (Rodney) Vopni, sister in law Dory, brother Don (Margaret), brother in law and sister in law George and Thelma Doan and many nieces, and nephews.
Dora was born in Kenville, Manitoba and attended school in Birch River. After graduating from Grade XII, during the Second World War, she worked at the Long Branch Arsenal, near Toronto, building rifles for the Canadian Forces.
In 1946 she began her training at Dauphin General Hospital, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1949.
While working at Dauphin General Hospital, she met Archie at a local dance. They were married in Swan River at Saint James Anglican Church on August 15, 1950. As the wife of a Park Warden in the Riding Mountain National Park, she always said that she spent the rest of her life “in the bush”. She loved the adventure, and in the early years patrolled all of the lakes with Archie. She spent many happy days hiking the park trails with her husband and children. All of their six boys were born while Archie was in the Warden Service, and all have inherited the same love of the outdoors.
In 1975 they bought their retirement home in Riding Mountain, Manitoba, where they spent many happy years. Dora was a devoted mother and wife. She enjoyed gardening and providing wonderful meals for her family over the years and especially on festive occasions. She had a strong faith and was a long time member of McCreary Gospel Church.
She loved us deeply and will always be in our thoughts and hearts. We will miss you Mom.
The family expresses their sincere thanks to the Neepawa Health Centre for their kindness and care.