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Born: May 04, 1932

Date of Passing: Feb 26, 2016

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M. PATRICIA DOERKSEN (nee ENNS) 1932 - 2016 Pat Doerksen died peacefully in Winnipeg on Friday, February 26, 2016, with her family by her side. Pat was born on May 4, 1932 in Morden, MB, the youngest of six children of John J. and Anna Enns. Pat was predeceased by her brothers, Ted (Haldora) and Bob (Diana), her sisters, Dorothy (Earl), Gertrude and Laura (Richard), and her son, Clifford (Elspeth). Pat graduated from Winkler Collegiate Institute in 1950 and attended the Mennonite Brethren College in Winnipeg. After completing a program at Normal School, she taught at the schools in Lowe Farm and Horndean, MB. She embarked on an adventure in 1956, heading off to Kodaicanal, India with two friends, Kay Unruh and Mabel Friesen, where Pat taught school for three years. Pat brought home a love for Indian food and her family enjoyed the many fine curries she was skilled at making. On her return to Manitoba she taught school at the Shriners Children's Hospital in Winnipeg. In 1960, Pat married Bill Doerksen, whose R.C.M.P. postings throughout Alberta had them living in Peace River, Edmonton and Calgary. Their three sons, Mark William, Clifford John and Michael Grant were all born in Peace River. The family also lived in Berwick, Nova Scotia before settling in Winnipeg in 1978. After studying library sciences at Red River Community College, Pat worked for Manitoba Library Services for about 12 years until she retired. Pat and Bill also lived in Osoyoos and Vernon, BC, and Cochrane, AB in their retirement years. Pat was an avid reader, a lover of good music, an enthusiastic hiker, canoeist and cross-country skier. She and Bill traveled extensively. She had strong opinions and a ready laugh, which she shared in equal measure. Pat is survived by her husband, Bill, sons, Mark and Mike, daughters-in-law, Tara, Sarah and Elspeth, grandchildren, Kaitlin and Emily Regiec, George and Peter Doerksen, Maxine Bennett and Gladys Carruthers. The family thanks the doctors and staff at the St. Boniface and Victoria General Hospitals for their professionalism, care and consideration in her last hours, as well as all who have reached out in recent days to express their sorrow and support. Clearly Pat had many friends and many whose lives she touched (and whose grammar she corrected). A memorial celebration of Pat's life is being planned for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Neil Bardal Inc. Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. Pat's ashes will be interred at Winkler Cemetery at a later date, next to her parents and sister, Gertrude. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Mennonite Central Committee in Pat's memory. Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler In care of arrangements, 204-325-4201

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 05, 2016

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • An infectious laugh, dry sense of humour and quick wit are how we will remember Pat. So saddened to hear of her sudden passing. Our condolences to you Bill and all the family. Arlene and Bryan - Posted by: Arlene and Bryan Keller (Neice) on: Mar 26, 2016

  • Dear Uncle Bill & Family - We are very sorry to hear of Aunt Pat's sudden passing. We have fond memories of her over the years. She was always hospitable, very creative and full of life. She was always interested in what the family was up to and was a pleasure to talk to because she was well informed of current events and was well-read in many subjects and had a very sharp mind. We enjoyed becoming reacquainted at the family reunion several years ago in Chase and had a very good conversation several weeks before she passed away. Uncle Bill, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Walter, Laura & Jennifer Harder (Niece, nephew & grand-niece) on: Mar 13, 2016

  • We plan to come to the celebration. We will remember the good times and miss her a lot. Our sympathies to bill and family. - Posted by: June Enns Friesen. (Cousin) on: Mar 13, 2016

  • Bill and the Doerksen Family - We were saddened to read of Pat's passing. We trust the thoughts and concerns of friends at this sad time will provide some comfort. Our prayers are with you. Doreen & Robbie Robertson, High River Alberta - Posted by: Robbie & Doreen Robertson High River Alberta (Your Squad Mate from Training) on: Mar 08, 2016

  • I worked with Pat at Manitoba Public Library Services. Pat was always cheerful and full of energy. She was curious and loved to discuss many different topics. I always remember her as fun, outgoing and always ready to lend a hand. I had many laughs with Pat and remember her fondly. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. - Posted by: Lindsay Butt (co-worker/friend) on: Mar 06, 2016

  • When Pat taught in Lowe Farm Elementary School, she boarded at my home - the Spalding home. My sister and I were teenagers and we had many great times with Pat. She was kind, thoughtful and creative. She used to practice her singing chords early every morning. I remember waking up to the do re me la ti do. She introduced me to classical music and it's always been my favorite style of music since. Our sincere sympathy to you, Bill and your family. - Posted by: Ron & Norma Hoeppner (Friends) on: Mar 06, 2016

  • We are so sorry to hear of Pat's passing, we have so many fond memories of her and the good times we had with Bill and Pat. Many laughs over games we played. Our prayers are for you Bill and family! - Posted by: Eldon and June Wiebe (Friends) on: Mar 06, 2016

  • I have only fond memories of Auntie Pat. Her spunkiness, sense of humour, frankness and intelligence always made any interaction fun and stimulating. I'm grateful she was my mother's cousin and great friend and that I got to know her as well. My condolences to your family; I know you will miss her. Love, Sara Jane - Posted by: Sara Jane Schmidt (cousin-niece) on: Mar 05, 2016

  • Bill and family, we send out condolences on your loss! Gloria and I are so grateful for the lunches we were able to enjoy with Pat and Bill in the last year! Pat continued to enjoy life despite the struggles of aging. We will miss her smile, courage and friendship! - Posted by: Don and Gloria Dyck (Cousin) on: Mar 05, 2016

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