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DORIS JEAN INGRAHAM

Born: Jun 29, 1924

Date of Passing: Nov 20, 2018

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DORIS JEAN INGRAHAM June 29, 1924 - November 20, 2018 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother Doris. She was predeceased by her husband John in 2001; her parents, Dr. and Mrs. T.M. Darrington and sister Kay Doyle. Doris leaves to cherish her memory; children, Cynthia Gyles (Warren) and Andrea Brown (Peter); grandchildren, Jessica Gyles (Tom), Adam Vinci (Samantha) and Alessandra Vinci; her sister Marge Relf of White Bear Lake, MN and many nieces and nephew Tom Doyle. Mom was born in Eau Claire, WI and grew up in Stillwater, MN. She attended University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This is where Dad's eye caught sight of a pretty brunette and asked her on a date. Little did she know she would be coming to Canada which became her home for the rest of her life. Married in 1948, Mom became a wonderful homemaker and mother. Doris grew to love living in Winnipeg and without family in Canada, the Swails became a part of our family every Christmas. Mom's bridge club, together for over 50 years also became her lifelong friends. Doris came from an era of nursing that was white cap, duty shoes and the Florence Nightingale pledge. She recalled nursing patients during the polio epidemic of 1953 and the impact of the disease on the patients' lives. Doris was a nursing educator at the Grace Hospital for over 15 years and was a role model for the standards of her profession. She was affectionately known as "Super Nurse" to our friends. Doris enjoyed artistic creativity and loved the Arts; WAG, RWB and the WSO Pops. She too was creative, knitting sweaters and coats that remain a part of her legacy. Mom and Dad loved the cottage at West Hawk Lake and had many years of enjoyment there. Later in retirement they were actively involved in Rotary. Mom volunteered with the Canadian Arthritis Society and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Women's Committee. She was a member of the American Women's Club of Winnipeg. Doris enjoyed living at Shalom Gardens. Her neighbours were so kind and caring and we thank you all, especially Gerald Sandell. A celebration of Doris' life will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 1:00 p.m. at The Pavilion, Assiniboine Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memory of the Doris Ingraham Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation, 1350 One Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3, 204-944-9474, www.wpgfdn.org

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 24, 2018

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I admired Doris' professionalism and attention to detail and because of her these are qualities I bring to my nursing practice. I offer my condolences to the family and hope that the happy memories of your mother and grandmother help ease the pain of your loss. - Posted by: Doris Miller Riley (former student) on: Dec 04, 2018

  • My warmest wishes and condolences to Andrea and family on the passing of your mother, Doris. May the warm wishes from friends give some solace in this time of grief. - Posted by: Wendy Beavis (Friend) on: Dec 02, 2018

  • I still recall the compelling lectures from Doris and the call to excellence as young burgeoning student nurses. I am now both a nurse and an educator and credit the firm foundation laid by Doris and others. Warm regards to the family and blessings as you gather to celebrate a life well lived. - Posted by: Grace Mc Daniel Thiessen (Former nursing student) on: Nov 29, 2018

  • Doris was a fabulous teacher at the Grace Hospital School of Nursing and was highly respected by all for her high standards, strong support, and exemplary role modelling for her students. Her smile lit up the room while her sense of style and quick wit left students endlessly impressed, pondering where Doris got all her energy and savvy from! She truly inspired students to become knowledgeable and caring nurses with confidence in their new practices. Many of the class of '75 had long, successful careers in many types of nursing, with some still working 'and loving it' to this day. Doris played a large part in cultivating the seeds of love for our work. RIP, Doris, and thank you for being one of the profession's best! - Posted by: Pauline James Curtis (Grace Hospital grad, class of 1975) on: Nov 28, 2018

  • Many fond memories of Doris and John. Loved them both. Marty and Tim Victoria, BC - Posted by: Tim and Marty Ball (friends from Grace Hospital and West Hawk Lake.) on: Nov 24, 2018

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