It is with great sadness that the family of Doreen I. Maxwell shares the news of her passing on August 11, 2017 at the age of 90.
Doreen was predeceased by her husband Harold in 1994, with whom she greatly enjoyed 47 years of marriage. She leaves behind her children, Donald (Sheila) of Lethbridge, AB and Bruce (Trish) of Humboldt, SK; grandchildren Jena of Winnipeg, MB and Bailey of Humboldt, SK; sisters-in-law Muriel Mitchell of Regina, SK, Helen Ross of Estevan, SK, and Margaret Young of Edmonton, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom had a special place in her heart.
Doreen is predeceased by her parents Peter and Ida Mitchell; brother Hughie Mitchell; and sister Elda Maxwell; brothers in-law Wesley, Robert, James, Floyd, Hugh, Walter, and Thomas; sisters in-law Bertha and Mary; and infant daughter, Heather.
Doreen was born on August 18th, 1926, to Peter and Ida Mitchell of Glen Ewen, SK. She was united in marriage to Harold Maxwell on October 14th, 1947 at her family home near Glen Ewen. In 1952 they moved to North Portal, SK. It was there they raised their children and developed many close friendships. She worked at a variety of jobs in North Portal including a telephone operator, a Kindergarten instructor, and a tourist councillor at the Information Center until her retirement. Doreen was very active and a mainstay in the Knox United Church; serving on the Church Board and the Parish Council of the International Pastoral Charge, president of the UCW for several years and teaching Sunday School. She was also involved with the new building committee when the new church was built in 1997. She was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Auxiliary and was a member of the executive for a number of years. Doreen and Harold were involved in many community activities. Along with others in the community, they planted trees and developed a park that is located behind the house in which they lived. They were honoured in October 1994 when the park was renamed Maxwell Park. In 2007 she moved to Estevan. In recent years, she lived at the Pioneer Home in Grenfell, SK. and finally at the Central Park Lodge in Lanigan, SK. until the time of her passing.
Family was very important to Doreen and it was a rare weekend that was not spent with aunts and uncles or cousins. Many nieces and nephews would spend time with her and Harold and very strong bonds formed that have continued through the years.
A funeral service will be held at the Knox United Church in North Portal on August 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Those so wishing, may make a donation in memory of Doreen to the Maxwell Park, or the North Portal Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, care of the Village of North Portal at PO Box 119, North Portal, SK S0C 1W0.