Passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2020 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in her 91st year.
Best friend and beloved wife of the late Beverly (Bev) Fraser. Beloved mother of Diane Sloat (Paul Shouldice), Jane Walker (Randy) and Brenda Kemp (Barry Ames). Cherished daughter of the late Herbert and Jean Hall, loving sister of Helen Round, Jim Hall and the late Marian Carpenter. Loved by grandchildren Jeffery Drysdale (Lynn Highley), Katie Drysdale Bates (Tyler), Alex Walker, Michael Cole (Shari), Scott Cole (Allie), Mackenzie Kemp (Cheyanne Almeida), Tessa Kemp (Iain Thomas). Cherished great-grandmother of Kennedy, Jack, Liam and Brielle Cole. Doreen will be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews Jeannie Robinson, Joanne Martin, Lorna Hall Taggart, Jamie Hall, Terry Carpenter, Gary Carpenter, Grant Fraser, Michael Fraser, Barbara Fraser, David Miller, Paul Miller, Peter Miller and Lois Miller.
Doreen grew up in Guelph Ontario and moved to Cambridge to start her married life with Bev 70 years ago. Doreen stayed home to raise her girls and was well known for her love of baking and sewing. She was an avid reader and had a fabulous memory of dates and world events. Family, church and friends were extremely important to her. Doreen sang in the church choir, annual Variety Shows and was a member of the United Church Women for decades. Doreen’s love of music led her to the Addison Women’s Choir and the Ch’ckl’ts, a group of lifelong friends performing at many nursing homes in the area.
She loved her monthly bridge games with girlfriends and later with a couples’ group. She loved to gaze out her kitchen window and take in the many different kinds of birds perched at the bird feeder. Once the girls grew up, she enjoyed working at Helen McFarlane’s Catering and later at Reid Candy and Nut Shop.
Doreen loved visits from her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Many birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated in the Fraser’s backyard with friends and family over the years. She carried on the tradition of family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas until she passed the tradition to her daughters and nieces. Doreen was the last of an incredible generation. She was so strong and capable, full of life, joy and love. Doreen was a role model to her daughters and the women who knew her. She will be missed by all.
On Doreen’s wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at some point in the future due to the restrictions of COVID-19. Donations in Doreen’s memory may be made to Cedar Hill United Church.