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Doreen Ruth Whitfield (Robertson)

March 21, 1925 - January 23, 2017


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Doreen Whitfield on January 23, 2017.

Born in Calgary to James and Harriet Robertson, she moved with her family to Nelson in 1936.  Following high school, she attended business college and worked at the Nelson City Hall until her marriage to Frank “Bud” Whitfield on June 4, 1949. 

While raising her family she also enjoyed curling, knitting and weekly bridge games but her favourite times were at the cabin at Queens Bay for over 60 years.  She always looked forward to the summer visits with grandchildren and later with great grandchildren.  Her retirement years included learning to golf and enjoying many winters in California where she made a number of good friends that she continued to stay in touch with. 

Predeceased by her parents and sister Delma, she is survived by her husband Bud, daughter Karen (Donn) Kraynick, and son Frank.

She is also survived by grandchildren, Lee Kraynick, Jan (Mark) Fairbairn, Kathryn (Tyler) Bothorel, and Collen (Tyson) Nagy along with 8 great grandchildren

A grave side memorial will be held with family in the summer.

The family would like to thank Dr. Andre Kirsten and the staff at the Kootenay Lake Hospital for the compassionate care and concerns for Mom. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kootenay Lake Healthcare Auxiliary to which she held a continuing membership


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

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From: Grace Whitfield Family
Relation: Family

We all will miss Doreen (Auntie Doreen…Great Auntie Doreen). You will be always kept in our hearts during tea time, especially at the lake. Deepest sympathies are extended across the miles to the entire Family from our entire Family. May you all find strength in all the wonderful memories she has left us all with.

From: Robin & Maureen Applewhaite
Relation: nephew

Auntie Doreen will always be remembered by both of us for her warm welcome, over the years, to her and Uncle Bud’s homes in Nelson. We treasure the visits, talks and tea. Deepest sympathy to her family.
Maureen and Robin

From: Cal & Loree Renwick
Relation: Friend

Bud, we are so sorry to hear of Doreen’s passing. Such a kind and lovely lady. We’re sure you will cherish all the great memories you had with Doreen and family. Please know Bud that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very tender time. Strength and peace be with you.

From: John and Karen Whitfield
Relation: Aunt

We are so sorry to hear of our favourite Auntie Doreen’s passing. We can still hear her calling us in at the lake “come on in for tea you kids”. She was always cheerful and ready with a hug and a smile. Uncle Bud, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish all the wonderful memories of a life well loved and lived. Much love, John and Karen

Service Schedule

Private service arrangements have been made.

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxillary, 3 View Street, Nelson BC V1L 2V1



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