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Date of Passing: May 25, 2013

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DOREEN MACDONALD (nee EDWARDS) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Doreen MacDonald, beloved wife of Jack MacDonald, mother, grandmother and aunt. After a full and wonderful life, Doreen died peacefully on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at West Park Manor, one month short of her 92nd birthday. Doreen will be deeply missed by her husband, Jack, having just celebrated their 62nd anniversary; their four children - Barbara (John Langstaff) and their children, Martyn and Rhys; Terry (Tracey Kernahan) and their children, Alexander and Georgia; Bruce (Wendy) and their children, Cassidy, Dylan and Kristin; Janice (Ian Park) and their children, Emily and Owen. She is also survived by her dear sister, Megan Edwardh, of Minneapolis, and many nieces and nephews. Doreen was predeceased by her parents, Louisa and Lewis Edwards, sisters, Jean Pacey and Lilian Nairne, and two brothers, Stanley and Reginald. Doreen was born on June 22, 1921 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales U.K. and immigrated to Canada in 1927 with her parents and family which included three sisters and two brothers. The family settled on a farm near Cordova, Manitoba. Doreen started her schooling at Glenberg School near Cordova. Then in the late 1930s, the family moved to Fort Garry in Winnipeg where she completed her high school. After high school, she took a secretarial course at Success Business College and soon after was employed by Canadian Indemnity Insurance Company where she remained until her first child arrived on New Year's Eve 1953. Doreen met Jack while on a week's cruise on Lake Winnipeg to Norway House in the summer of 1946 on the SS Keenora (now in the Marine Museum at Selkirk), and their romance blossomed. They married on April 21, 1951 at St. Luke's Anglican Church. As their children began to arrive, Barbara in 1953, Terry in 1956, Bruce in 1958, and Janice in 1962, they became very attracted to camping and lake life in the summers. They rented cottages in the Whiteshell and Kenora areas, and eventually acquired a cottage on Inglis Road on Clearwater Bay which became the focal point for many gatherings with family and close friends. She enjoyed her wildflowers, the loons, the peacefulness of the lake and was a master of the side-stroke. Doreen played badminton and tennis for many years and was a member of the old Winnipeg Badminton Club, the Wildwood Club and the Canoe Club. She was also an excellent five pin bowler and continued to bowl well into her late 80's at the Academy Uptown Bowling Lanes. At the season windups, she often came away with prizes and trophies for high average, high three, high single. Doreen and Jack were longtime members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and thoroughly enjoyed all the dancing events. With Jack's involvement with the St. Andrew's Society, they participated in many Scottish events where she proudly enjoyed wearing her Welsh Tartan plaid kilt. Doreen was an active member for many decades in Harrow United Church. From the time her children began attending Sunday school, she served as a teacher and as co-ordinator for the Junior Department for about 25 years. She was very active in the Harrow UCW and served as the chair of Unit 6 for nearly 20 years. After retiring from the Sunday school as a teacher, she joined the Harrow choir and with her Welsh background and love of music, she enjoyed contributing to the music ministry of the church. Doreen was the one who, over the years saw all the children through their school programs, and took great pride in seeing them all graduate from University and eventually go on to pursue various professions and careers. She enjoyed travelling, and joined Jack on some of his badminton travels. She made several trips overseas, one to London, England to visit Barbara in 1984. She especially enjoyed another trip to London where she had a tour of Wales and Scotland with her daughters-in-law, Wendy and Tracey. There were other trips to Austria, Japan and Singapore and Malaysia for badminton and sightseeing. As she began to experience health concerns, she had to limit her activities, but tried to continue with her knitting, reading and baking. She loved animals and especially her cats which she doted on in later years. She always took a keen interest in the lives of her nine grand-children. She was extremely proud of each and every one of them and all their accomplish-ments. And never to be forgotten are her many years of sumptuous Sunday dinners always finished off by one of her famous pies - always a perfect crust! She was a great cook and baker and took great delight in making sure the cookie jar was always full for her grand-children. Doreen's life was full - she looked on the positive side of every situation and saw the best in people. The twinkle in her eye and her beautiful smile will be forever remembered by all who knew her. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at both the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg and West Park Manor where Doreen spent her final months. A Celebration of Doreen's dedicated life will be at Harrow United Church, corner of Harrow and Mulvey on Saturday June 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, if friends wish to make a donation in Doreen's memory, please remember the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3, or to the Harrow United Church Memorial Fund, 955 Mulvey Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3M 1G8, or to a charity of your choice. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 28, 2013

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Cherish your memories, our deepest sympathies to the entire MacDonald Family from the Christie Family. - Posted by: David and Sue Christie (friends of Terry and Tracey and family) on: Jul 08, 2013

  • To the entire MacDonald Family: We wish to pass along our condolences to you all. Your Dad just called to speak with our Dad/Rob this afternoon and advised of this sad news. We are thinking of you now and of the many memories of your Mom from years gone by in River Heights. Take care. - Posted by: The McAllister Family [Rob, Lynda, Bill and Wendy and families] (Family Friends) on: Jun 11, 2013

  • When I think of all the memories we shared. And the times we spend together, they were all so wonderful. Sadly they were cut short when the angels came. You were such a special sister and I will try to be brave and understand. I will miss you so much. But we will meet again Dode. I love you so very much ❤ love forever sister Mickey - Posted by: Megan Edwardh (Sister) on: May 29, 2013

  • Jack, we send our sincere condolences on Doreen's passing. We have so many memories of the old Badminton Club. You were my (Val) mentors/chaperones when I was a teenager (now 77). Jack also gave the toast to the bride at our wedding. Doreen was always a very enthusiastic, supportive friend and we have many happy memories. - Posted by: Val and Ron Brown (old time friends through badminton) on: May 29, 2013

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the MacDonald family. She will be deeply missed. We have wonderful memories. We loved her dearly. ❤ - Posted by: Lance and cathy Edwardh (Nephew and wife) on: May 29, 2013

  • Uncle Jack and family. I was so saddened to hear of Aunt Dode's passing. I know she is free of her pain now and is in heaven with Barry and other family members. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Sue - Posted by: Sue Edwardh (Neice (Barry's wife)) on: May 28, 2013

  • We have many fond memories of time spent at the MacDonald cottage. Doreen was a wonderful, kind, friendly lady who always made us feel welcome. No question her blueberry pies were the best I have ever tasted! Our thoughts are with Jack and the family at this difficult time. - Posted by: Grant, Cori, Leigh McClarty (friends of the family) on: May 28, 2013

  • Sincere sympathy to Jack and family - Posted by: Iona McPhee (friend and fellow scottish dancer) on: May 28, 2013

  • Jack and my late brother Keith were buddies and one, (Jack) ended up in the navy and my brother went into the air force during WW 2. A great friendly rivalry. Doreen was a welcome addition to the scene and I have never forgotten their kindness and devotion to our family and Keith when he became very ill. Doreen and Jack were a great comfort to me when we lost Keith. I was a young teenager when that occurred and have never forgotten their kindness. I give thanks for having Doreen and Jack in my life and I join Jack and the family in their grief. - Posted by: Murray Parker (friend) on: May 28, 2013

  • Bruce - My sympathies to you and your family. I hope your fond memories will make the days without her a little easier. - Posted by: Lucy Lent (past co-worker of Bruce MacDonald) on: May 28, 2013

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