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MAUREEN ALLAN (DORRIAN)
Born: Sep 18, 1947
Date of Passing: Oct 03, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
September 18, 1947 - October 3, 2019
Maureen, the only child of Jim and Doris Dorrian, was born and raised in Winnipeg. She moved to Grande Cache, AB in 1974 and immediately fell in love with the mountain wilderness. She spent the next dozen years as an active member of the community volunteering with the dance and swim clubs, the family centre, and ladies auxiliary. When not volunteering, she enjoyed her time curling and camping with family and friends before returning to Winnipeg in 1986. Maureen never considered herself a "city girl" and filled her soul in Grand Marais at the family cottage, which eventually became her home once she retired.
Maureen will be dearly missed. She was an active volunteer with her therapy dog Holly and made many friends along the way. She was very passionate about her volunteering and referred to those involved as "her people". There was a very special place in her heart for the Manitoba Riders for the Disabled where she was a horse-side walker for many years. She loved the time she spent with Holly by her side at St. Boniface Hospital, visiting palliative care and cancer patients. Through St. John's Ambulance they visited Springfield Heights School, Ronald McDonald House, See Spot Read program at the library and various group homes. Volunteering was her passion and the moments she shared were carried very close to her heart.
We are so very thankful for Maureen's feistiness and character. As a single mother of three, nothing held her back. She taught us how to be independent, strong, to never assume and never take anything for granted. Her passion for learning new things, construction do-it-yourself projects, photography, the beach, the mountains and nature was a gift, as she passed on her love of those things to those who were around her.
Maureen was no doubt the matriarch of our family and is survived by her three daughters, Sheilagh Hooper, Heather Allan, and Marnie (Jeff) Le Page; five granddaughters, Brianna (Mark), Courtney, Brooke, Taryn and Kendra; two great-grand-daughters, Grace and Julianna and her loyal furry friend Holly.
We are forever grateful for the love and support provided by those at CancerCare, the team at St. Boniface Hospital, River Ridge I Retirement Home and the friends and family who walked with us throughout this journey.
Her Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Chapel, 4477 Main St.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Manitoba Riders for the Disabled Association at www.mrda.cc.
Family and friends may sign a
Book of Condolence at
Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 12, 2019
Condolences & Memories (10 entries)
Maureen had a quick wit that I truly admired. She was a champion when it came to to the underdog and I don’t need to say what a fabulous “human” she was to the community of dogs in Grand Marais. It was because of my dog Duke that I met her. I’m glad I did. Moe and I were often a “date” for Crib Night. I will miss her and her inspiration. RIP my friend. - Posted by: Laura Tutlies (Neighbour and friend) on: Jan 06, 2020
May happy memories of years gone by be with you always and especially at this sad time.....keeping you in our thoughts. - Posted by: Gordon and Janet Baker (cousin) on: Oct 16, 2019
Saddened to learn of Maureen's passing. She was a valuable volunteer along with Holly at St. Boniface Hospital. Both of them brightened my husband's stay with their presence . He always looked forward to their time together and the fact that they followed him to his final home at Holy Family certainly confirmed her dedication and the value it brought to all of "her People" . Maureen spoke often of her girls and the joy she had in rebuilding the family cottage at Grand Marais. A kind gentle soul she will be missed by all who knew her however briefly. - Posted by: Lucille Rybuck (old friend) on: Oct 15, 2019
Maureen, or as I have always referred to her, “Mrs. Allan”, will be deeply, deeply missed. Although it has been many years since I’ve seen her, she will forever be in my heart. Heather and I were very best friends growing up in Grande Cache and Mrs. Allan will forever be my “second mom”. There’s nothing that she couldn’t do...from building decks, to sewing red yarn wigs, to baking birthday cakes, to turning a blind eye to purple-dyed hair, she was a source of strength and comfort to all of us. My sincerest condolences to you girls. This is an unimaginable loss and yet I can see that she was still teaching you invaluable life lessons right until the very end. Rest In Peace, Mrs. Allan, you are a shining light and I will miss you. - Posted by: Laura Hamilton (Second Mom/Honorary Daughter) on: Oct 14, 2019
All my memories of the beach have Aunty Maureen in them... I would peek over the fence, see the pups in the yard and know that there would be peanuts on the deck for the chipmunks and a hug waiting for me. I'll miss her mischevious chuckle. - Posted by: Candise McMullin (Cousin... how many times removed?) on: Oct 13, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Maureen at Powell Equipment. I enjoyed her dry sense of humour and appreciated her work ethic and knowledge. She spoke proudly about her girls and their accomplishments. My girls danced and we had fun talking about competitions and awards. My condolences to her family and friends. - Posted by: Debbie Kolaski (past co-worker) on: Oct 12, 2019
Would like to extend our condolences in the passing of your mother. Enjoyed our visits with Maureen during her daily walks with Holly. Felt blessed to have known her and enjoyed her wit and sense of humour. She will be missed but will cherish our memory of knowing her. - Posted by: Dwight and Marilyn Wilson (Friends / Neighbour) on: Oct 12, 2019
My friend for over 50 years. We shared so many good times. You were always so strong, mentally, emotionally and physically. You fought so hard to stay with us. Love you, pal. - Posted by: Lorraine Montague (Friend) on: Oct 12, 2019
Maureen and Holly along with me and Jax always went for walks together. Talked about everything, enjoyed laughs and a few sad stories. I miss you Maureen, you put up one hell of a fight. Rest In Peace friend. - Posted by: Sandi Franklin (Friend) on: Oct 12, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family! Maureen was very passionate about volunteering with Holly and the difference they made in people's lives. I always enjoyed our chats ar the volunteer appreciation lunches. She was a big part of our team and she will be missed! - Posted by: Beaujena Reynolds (Friend/therapy dog volunteer at St. Boniface Hospital) on: Oct 12, 2019
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