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Date of Passing: Oct 10, 2020

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(nee DRAPER)
1938 - 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Dorothy Phillips, on Saturday, October 10, 2020, aged 82.
Mom was born and grew up in the Town of Windsor, Nova Scotia. She was the oldest of 10 children and was raised with strong core values of love and faith, instilled by her loving parents.
She graduated from Business College in Halifax and worked at RBC. She met future husband, Ken, and was transferred with him throughout Canada as an RCMP wife, where she made many lasting friendships. She received an honourary award years later in Winnipeg as the "Second Man" for all her support and work while being married to an RCMP member in a smaller community.
During Mom's life in Fort Frances, Ontario, she belonged to the Kinette Club of Fort Frances, worked with Meals on Wheels, March of Dimes, Knox United Church, and even worked part-time while bringing up her two daughters.
Years later, after moving to Winnipeg, Mom had to go it alone and get back into the workforce. She secured a position with the Department of Education, Curriculum Development Branch in 1981, where she continued working until her retirement in 2004. Mom was well respected at her job and helped work on the first Provincial Exams in the Province of Manitoba.
During all this time, Mom was an extremely active member of Crestview United Church, working on Council, the Worship Committee, a long-standing member of the United Church Woman (UCW) and many volunteer jobs there. Her faith and church were very important to our mother, and it was her faith that gave her strength that helped her through life's difficult challenges.
Dorothy was predeceased by her mother and father, George and Rosamond Draper, her youngest sister, Judy Ozon, and recently her brother, Ernie Draper.
She is survived by her daughters, Cathy (Jason) Larsen, and Anne (Andrew) Cavers, honourary daughter, Wendy McDiarmid, grandchildren, Kaily (Alex) Wilson, Jessica Cavers, and Dylan (Megan) Cavers, and great-grandson, Jacob Wilson, brothers, Blaine (Mary), Bryan (Linda), Kenny (Linda), and Gary (Kim), sisters, Gloria (Carl), Brenda (Mike), and Gina (Kenny) and sister in law, Susan, numerous nieces and nephews, in-laws, and friends, of whom she all loved.
Much thanks is given to the staff at Metropolitan Kiwanis and to Heritage Lodge for their care and love of our mother.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
In accordance with Mom's wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • So sorry to read of the passing of this lovely lady. With the current situation, I hadn't realized that she had moved and was looking forward to again being able to sit and chat about her Fort Frances years. So very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Linda Sutton (neighbor) on: Oct 23, 2020

  • I am so very sad to hear about Dorothy's passing. I am extremely fortunate to have worked with her for several years at the Dept. of Ed. She was an absolute gem with such a kind heart. I considered her my "work" mom and missed her terribly when she retired but knew how much she deserved the break. She worked so hard. I'll never forget how proud she was of her daughters and grandkids of whom she talked about often. My sincere condolences to all of you. She was an amazing person who made such a huge impact. She was the best of the best, a real sweetheart. Rest in peace my dear friend. - Posted by: Louise Boissonneault (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Remembering Dorothy and her gentle ways. 💕 May she Rest In Peace, prayers to her family. - Posted by: Loraine Krastel (Church member ) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • I met Dorthy during the Thursday coffee get togethers and later going to the Bingo at the Downs. She was a lovely person always thinking of others. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of sorrow. Val Michaluk - Posted by: Val Michaluk (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • At Kiwanis Dorothy would come into the little store, and we would share stories and she was always smiling. No matter what Dorothy was going thru, she always asked how I was doing, and I was lucky to be on the receiving end of many great hugs from her. Dorothy loved her family, loved to be involved in groups, and loved to talk about her roots. Bless her heart! - Posted by: Colleen (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

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