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Born: Apr 16, 1934

Date of Passing: Feb 28, 2015

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DOREEN MARY NANCY BEAUPRE (nee CHARTRAND) Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, Doreen passed away on February 28, 2015 in Vernon, British Columbia. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Raymond (Karen), Beryl, Linda (John), Gisele, Bernadette, Daniel (Beth), Janine, Elise and Sheila, her dear grandchildren, Krystle (John), Erica (Bryce), Stephanie, Cherrie (Jim), Juan, Christopher, Tracy (Norman), Andrea (Matt), Kelsey, Sean, Jenwa, Angela, Rachel, Josh, Michael, Adam, Robin, Ryan, Kyle, Jasmine, Evan, Dillan, and Julia, dear great-grandchildren Nicholas, Jackson, Alexa, Skylar, Alex, Anya, Avery, Jaedan, Hunter, Zalund, Andrew, Zane, Brittany, Kadem and Noah, her sister Joan Molloy (Paul), brothers Jeff (Cheryl) and Kenny (Elaine), and sister-in-law Marlene Chartrand as well as many nieces and nephews and their families. Doreen was predeceased by her parents, Roger and Phyllis, brother Arthur, and nephew Dale. Doreen was born on April 16, 1934 to Phyllis and Roger Chartrand in The Pas, Manitoba. A creative and adventurous spirit, Doreen thrived in her academic and artistic endeavours and pursued training as a licensed practical nurse after completing high school. Shortly thereafter, she married Victor Beaupre and together they raised their nine children in northern Manitoba, instilling in each of her children the importance of individuality, perseverance, and the appreciation of art, music and good storytelling. After raising her family, Doreen moved to Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1982 and Certificate in Education in 1983. Doreen's career with the Frontier School Division, the New Careers Program, Cranberry Portage Collegiate, the Core Area Initiative and Assiniboine Community College allowed her to share her many talents with young people throughout the province, enriching their lives and her own. After retiring in 1998, Doreen continued to share her time and talents with Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Church and Villa Rosa, as well as presenting Medicine Wheel Art Workshops upon request. Doreen's art centered on themes of aboriginal identity and spirituality through media of clay and natural material sculpture. In 2011, she was honoured to present an art exhibition in Winnipeg and together with her daughter was involved in Kissikow Art Gallery in Vernon, British Columbia. Doreen's selfless devotion to her family knew no bounds. She travelled across the miles to ensure that she was there for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and siblings when she was needed. She will be very fondly remembered and greatly missed. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital for their care and kindness. A celebration of Doreen's life will be held at Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Church, 548 Home Street (at Ellice Avenue) on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Villa Rosa or a charity of one's choice would be graciously received.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 10, 2015

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • I knew Doreen and Giselle and remember Doreen's kind and gentle spirit. She lived her life well. What a legacy she left: children, grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren! Giselle, I am back in Winnipeg so would love to get together if you also still live here. I brought your art with me and it now adorns my walls here in my new home. - Posted by: Dianne E Hiebert (friend) on: Jan 28, 2023

  • I am shocked and saddened to hear of Doreen's passing. She was a dear friend. We shared many good times together. RIP my friend. - Posted by: Karen Wastasecoot (friend) on: Mar 20, 2015

  • Our sincere condolences to the Beaupre family, Doreen will be missed by many. - Posted by: wayne smith (relative) on: Mar 13, 2015

  • To Joan, our sincere condolences on the loss of your sister. - Posted by: Craig and Myrna Cloutier (in-laws) on: Mar 12, 2015

  • Darlene's legacy is deep and wide reaching, and lives on through her children and extended family. I remember her strength and courage to take any challenge she believed in and her unwavering support of the students she taught while she was on staff at New Careers. She never caved when she thought they deserved a better deal than they were being given by any of the powers that were standing in their way. Her quiet, humorous determination won her the respect of all who knew her. She will be greatly missed, and my heart goes out to the family, in particular those I have the good fortune to know. I will be sad to miss the service, but my prayers and thoughts will be there. - Posted by: sue hudson (colleague) on: Mar 12, 2015

  • I met Doreen a few times and she was a wonderful lady to meet. She loved to laugh, and to make people laugh. My condolences goes out to the family and friends who lost a wonderful mother and friend. My prayers are with you all and God bless you all on your journey through this sad time. - Posted by: Glenda (Raymond is my brother Inlaw ) on: Mar 11, 2015

  • To Doreen's family: It's so difficult when we lose our mother. I found it hard to believe when Bernadette posted something on facebook and now today, seeing the notice in the paper. When I was having a hard time with the passing of my mom, niece and brother within a year (2003-2004), it was the words of Rev. Spence that helped me: It brings us some comfort to know that we will see them again. Condolences to my friend Bernie and all her siblings and family. - Posted by: Bev Carriere (Friend) on: Mar 11, 2015

  • Beth and family, so sorry to hear of Doreen's death. She shared her heart, soul and talents with hundreds of young women in the pottery room at Villa Rosa over the years. Her quiet, peaceful presence was much appreciated and will be remembered by staff and residents alike. - Posted by: Kathy Strachan (Executive Director, Villa Rosa (friend)) on: Mar 11, 2015

  • So sorry to hear of your mom's passing ladies. If there's anything I can do please call. Xoxo - Posted by: Debra McAree (Acquaintance) on: Mar 11, 2015

  • I knew Doreen back in the exciting days of adult literacy and community development. She had such a centeredness and calmness about her person and I learned so very much from her. I was always thrilled when she was there (wherever there might be) and she had a sly sense of humour. I join with you in mourning the loss of such a wonderful woman - may her life be a blessing for all of her family. - Posted by: Johanna Faulk (friend and colleague) on: Mar 11, 2015

  • Raymond and Karen, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Although I didn't know her, I am reading that she was an exceptional lady, and you were blessed to receive her guidance and love. At this sad time, I know that words are never what we want them to convey, but know, that you are in my prayers. I know that your memories will carry you through all the sad occasions that will be part of the future and that God's love will be a great source of comfort for you and your family. Blessings to you all. - Posted by: Margaret Hines (Friend of Raymond and Karen) on: Mar 11, 2015

  • My condolences to the Beaupre family. So sorry for your loss. May her spirit soar and know true freedom. Sincerely Traci Ealing - Posted by: Traci Ealing (family friend) on: Mar 11, 2015

  • Doreen, always there to listen, question, have a glass of wine, chill. Her love endures. Sorry we won't be veg-ging together on this plane. Love and peace to all her dear family. - Posted by: Marjorie Beaucage (friend and colleague) on: Mar 11, 2015

  • I'm so sorry to hear about my dear friend's passing. She was a lovely, caring friend who was not only intelligent but artistic. The love she showed to me and my children will always be appreciated. My condolences to the entire family. My friend Doreen was a wonderful person. - Posted by: Sheila North Wilson (friend) on: Mar 11, 2015

  • I am greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Doreen. I first met her in 1968 when she came as a parent to "inspect" Frontier Collegiate. She fought long and hard to re-establish parental control of Frontier School Division. Her development and coordination of the New Careers program to train counselors for Frontier schools was seminal. Two of her masks have a place of honour in our home and we treasure them. Ekosi, my friend - Posted by: Keven Van Camp (Friend and Colleague) on: Mar 10, 2015

  • Gisele, our condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mom. I know you will miss her deeply. Our hearts go out to you and your family. "A mom's HUG lasts longer after she lets go." - Posted by: Darlene Ahoff (Friend) on: Mar 10, 2015

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