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Born: Oct 17, 1933

Date of Passing: Jul 12, 2019

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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Dorothy McLaren, on Friday, July 12, 2019, at the age of 85 years, to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Grant (Louise), Barb (Randy) and Kent, along with her grandchildren, Rob, Dustin, Chris, Carly and Katie, as well as her great-grandchildren, Connor, Cody, Haley, Derek, Lindzi, Aly, Emma and Emmet. She will also be sorely missed by her sister Beverly, and Dorothy's many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Doug and her son Scott (Jan).
Born on October 17, 1933 to Richard and Beatrice Coe in St. Vital, Winnipeg, she attended Glenlawn School and grew up on Lennox Avenue.
Known for her open-hearted hospitality, she was easy to talk with and offered fair and wise counsel without judgement. One of her grandchildren recently commented that "Grandma was always interested in what we were doing and asked relevant questions about our lives". She was an amazing lady who was always ready to help and to volunteer to serve others. When people dropped by her home, she could quickly whip up a meal and always made you feel welcome.
Dorothy was known for not only joining in events, but for being actively involved. In her lifetime, Dorothy was a baseball player, a seamstress, a Brownie leader, a piano and guitar player, and a songwriter. She loved her bridge afternoons and played a mean game of Chinese Checkers. A big part of Doug and Dorothy's life were the many years that they spent both square and round dancing. They cherished the friends they made and enjoyed many trips to square dancing conventions and were involved in organizing a national square dancing event.
A long-time member of St. Saviour's Church, Dorothy served on the ACW, Vestry and as the Rector's Warden. She sponsored a Sudanese family, was involved with the craft group, attended bible study and organized turkey dinners and other church events. During her lifetime her faith sustained her throughout life's ups and downs.
Dorothy met Doug at Eaton's photo department where they both worked processing photos in the darkroom. After her child rearing years, she returned to the workforce and worked at the Royal Bank for 17 years.
Dorothy and Doug built a cabin at Davidson Lake, where they enjoyed many good times with friends and family.
We will celebrate Dorothy's life at a service to be held in St. Saviour's Church, 690 Munroe Avenue on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

For those who wish to sign the online
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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 16, 2019, Jul 17, 2019

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I am so sorry to read of your loss. May our Heavenly Father and all his angels welcome Dorothy home and reunite her with Doug. They were a wonderful couple. My late husband and I met them in square dancing. We took over Minasqare Newsletter from them. They taught us all it took to run the newsletter. They will be missed. - Posted by: Edna Barrie (Square Dance ) on: Jul 17, 2019

  • Dear Grant, Barb, and Ken and Families: I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I had just spoken with her a couple of days before her passing. I am feeling badly because I will be with my brother and nephew (who have come to visit with me for a few days) and I won't be able to attend the funeral. My heart and thoughts are with all of you at this very sorrowful time. We had so many precious travel times together with your parents. It made those long trips feel short when we travelled to those various weekend square dance events. Those wonderful memories will be with me forever. Peace be with all of you. With sincere sympathy and love, Lorraine - Posted by: Lorraine Kozera (Square Dance Friends) on: Jul 16, 2019

  • Goodbye and safe journey Dorothy. Your family has been a great influence on a large number of people: friends, neighbours, members of St. Saviours, square dancers and those that spent time at your lakefront cottage. Those memorable times will be in our hearts forever, Until we meet once again. The Thorpe's - Posted by: Carol, Murray, Barry & Barbara (Friends, co-worker) on: Jul 16, 2019

  • Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. So many memories on Moncton Avenue but suffice to say that any child was welcome at the McLaren household! I frequented it often!! Condolences to all the family!! - Posted by: Sonia Feakes (nee Nimchuk) (Longtime Friend of the Familly) on: Jul 16, 2019

  • Our condolences go out to the McLaren families. Dorothy an Doug were longtime squaredance and church friends along with Lloyd and Marg. Veal.... May she rest in a well deserved Peace. - Posted by: Muriel and Gordon Wohlschlager (Friends) on: Jul 16, 2019

  • Dorothy was a wonderful lady and friend. She will be missed by many. - Posted by: Heather Swanson (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2019

  • She was a great friend, she will always be in my ♥ - Posted by: Lorna (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2019

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