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Our mother, Elaine Alice Doak, passed away at age 81 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Our father, Gerald Doak Sr., passed away about three years ago.
Mom leaves surviving their five children, Debi, Martin, Elaine, Gerry and Grant, her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, loving sisters, Mona, Gladys and Irene, and other family and friends. All who knew Mom loved her dearly. We will miss her for eternity.
Mom was born during the Great Depression and grew up during the Second World War. Her family was of modest means. She raised a family during the 1960s, a time of tremendous social change and upheaval. So while every generation believes they live in more complex times than the previous, the backdrop to our mother's life was complex and challenging. Her experiences growing up shaped who she was, and stayed with her for her whole life. Our mother was frugal and never wanted for much, or envied what others had, but she was generous with her children. She was a great money manager and her mind, to the very end, was exceptionally sharp, with an incredible memory for details, especially for names, dates and numbers.
She met and married our dad when she was young, and had us five children over some short years later. Mom and Dad were inseparable over their 62-year marriage. Dad worked as a Coca Cola repairman for 35 years. Mom worked at the Park Theatre, and part-time elsewhere later in life. Through hard work, careful spending and modest saving, they built their life together and raised a large family. Both loved Las Vegas. They made many trips either by car, RV or plane, enjoying people watching, playing 'penny' bingo (which we learned is not really played with pennies) and just getting away from winter for awhile.
They built their dream home in St. Andrews and greatly enjoyed decades in the yard and around the pool. Shortly after our dad's death, our mother moved to Lindenwood Manor. There she made many friends and was well-liked by residents and staff. She enjoyed sitting outside talking with the ladies, playing bingo on Wednesdays and participating in the various other activities at the Manor. The people at the Manor provided her with tremendous support in her last few months. After she moved to Grace Hospice, staff took over her care as if she was their own mother. We are grateful to everyone who kept her company and comforted her during her illness.
We will miss her tremendously. Whether it's taking her to Walmart to check out the latest bargains, playing SkipBo in her suite at the Manor or the occasional trip with her to Las Vegas; those are memories which cannot be forgotten or replaced.
We love you Mom.
A private service with immediate family will be held to honour her life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grace Hospital Foundation. Thank you.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 09, 2019

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I have many fond memories of my grandmother. She loved animals, and always had a dog or two or three. My favourite was Sissy. They had a swing set for the grandchildren growing up that we'd rock the poles off the ground the higher we would swing. The pool parties with my cousins. The happy banter she and my grandfather had. Coca-cola always in the fridge. She loved Wheel of Fortune and always got the phrases with only a few letters. They loved watching Judge Judy and discussing the cases. She enjoyed going to Bingo in Selkirk for social time and meeting up with her lady clan. If I had a sleepover with a friend I'd get her bedroom with the balcony. She always gave heartwarming hugs to me and loved to tease and laugh at my grandfather. I loved her. She had a hard time missing my grandfather these last few years and I am happy they are together now. - Posted by: Robin (Granddaughter) on: Jul 17, 2019

  • In my business, I'm blessed to have the opportunity to meet many different people mostly work related with some more on a personal level, Mrs. Doak was one of those people I instantly become friends with, we spent many hours talking either by phone or at her home in St. Andrews about anything and everything, once Alice moved into Winnipeg I would get a call every month updating me about her new living accommodations, Alice would speak proudly regarding her Husband Gerry,their children and all of there accomplishments, her last call to me was to say things weren't going so well and to say goodbye. Alice, if you can read this, the reason I kept you on the phone that long was because I knew it would be our last conversation. See you again in thirty or so and you can show me around. Jerry Culleton - Posted by: Jerry Culleton (Friend) on: Jul 15, 2019

  • There are no words to take away your pain but know that you are in my thoughts and prayer during this time of sorrow. My heartfelt sympathy to all my cousins and those grieving the loss of my Aunt Alice. - Posted by: Janet Carr (Niece) on: Jul 09, 2019

  • Sending all my love and condolences to all my cousins. I will always remember Aunty Alice for getting us passes to the movies and always being so kind. Your sense of humour lives on with your sisters and your children. Rest In Peace Aunty Alice. You will be missed. - Posted by: Irene Langevin (Niece) on: Jul 09, 2019

  • I have very fond memories of Aunty Alice growing up. I remember sharing many laughs with her and Uncle Gerry at family gatherings. She was a great person and will truly be missed. May she Rest In Peace alongside Uncle Gerry. Blessings to the family on her passing. - Posted by: Colette Scott (Niece) on: Jul 09, 2019

  • I send you all my most sincere condolences. Aunty ALICE will be fondly remembered by me for funny stories, jokes and most of all her laughter which I enjoyed immensely when I got to hear it! Love your cousin, Sharon - Posted by: Sharon Malec (Her niece) on: Jul 09, 2019

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