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Marjorie Doris Bradshaw (Habegard)

January 4, 1921 - May 29, 2015


Marjorie “Doris” Bradshaw age 94, passed away May 29, 2015 in Nelson, B.C.

Doris was a life long resident of Nelson.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Marjorie Habegard.  She was predeceased by her sister Christina.   Doris attended Hume School and graduated from Nelson High School.  As a young woman she was a consistent winner of the West Kootenay Music Festival for her soprano singing.  Her training in music was a product of the teachings of Dr. Amy Ferguson who became a very dear friend to Doris in later life.

Doris worked for the Daily News for 33 years as a columnist and District Editor including 17 years as Front Page Editor.  What started out as a temporary job as a filing clerk and reporting on Nelson's cultural life, music festivals, plays and concerts turned into a life long love.  Her first column “Just a Line” started in 1954 and ran as time and space permitted.  In 1956 MDB “Odds and Ends” first appeared and it remained one of the most popular parts of the paper until her retirement in 1984.  In her spare time Doris was curator of the Daily News Archives, and thanks to her, vital historical photos and records were saved.  Besides her work, Doris had a passion for poetry, painting, singing, piano, she loved to crochet and gave away many of her blankets, she spent countless hours visiting seniors and taking them for drives.  She was most generous with her time and asked for nothing in return, but a warm smile.

She will be lovingly remembered by her  immediate family Heather (Lawrence), Diane (Bruce), Craig (Sue), Ron (Tracy), the Habegard and Bradshaw families' many cousins, nephews, and nieces as well as her very dear friend Alice Strand, and her Care Givers June and Fran.  Special thanks to June & Alice over the past 3 weeks for all the extra love and care you showed Doris.  

There will be a Celebration of Life for Doris at the Nelson United Church on August 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.  Thompson Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a donation to your favourite charity in Doris's name.  



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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: John Eggleton
Relation: friend of Leigh, NDN reader

Condolences Leigh; she was awesome!

From: Sharon Currie
Relation: friend

Doris was my mentor in newspaper and singing … I was 20 when I started at the Nelson Daily News and she took me under her wing and taught me so many aspects of reporting and editing over my few years at the paper. She also became my music teacher (along with Mrs. Ferguson) and I learned so much about the joy of singing. She would sit at her piano and we sing scales and duets for hours. I was so blessed to have known her … she also taught me about the beauties of nature …. . Sharon Currie

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
August 8, 2015
Beginning at 2:00pm

Nelson United Church
602 Silica Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L4N1

602 Silica Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L4N1

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