Doreen Theresa Finch (nee MCDONALD)
February 18, 1931 – September 15, 2017
The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her…
It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of DOREEN THERESA FINCH on September 15, 2017.
Doreen was born in Edmonton, Alberta to Elizabeth and James Angus McDonald. She was the youngest child of the large McDonald family. Orphaned by the age of 11, her sisters and brothers raised her to be a vivacious and fun-loving woman.
She is predeceased by all her siblings; John, Lulu, Neil, Albert, Julia, Wilfred, Lorne, Marian, David, Wally and Kenny have welcomed their little sister with open arms into the Kingdom of Heaven.
A free spirit as a young woman, she travelled and worked in North America and Europe. After returning to North America Doreen was seeking employment in the Yukon where she met Michael John Finch who was to become her beloved husband of 54 years. They were married and moved into what they affectionately called the ‘Little Blue House’ on Ladner Trunk Road in Ladner B.C.
Although the worldly travels ceased as her family grew, Doreen and Mike made a home with memories and lasting friendships around B.C. The friends established in Ladner through the ‘preschool years’ of her three children Sharon, Sandra and David are lasting today.
The community of Dawson Creek was also touched by the tireless efforts and contributions that Doreen made to the Catholic school, the music at Notre Dame Catholic Masses, Meals on Wheels, and supporting the Frontier Apostles. Doreen and Mike retired in Nanaimo B.C. where Doreen’s love of crafts thrived while Mike tended his beautiful gardens.
Doreen lived an authentic and worthwhile life. Her smile and humour will be missed by many.
She leaves behind her husband Michael John Finch, daughters Sharon Finch (Scott Woodley), Sandra Finch (Dan Hayward) and son David Finch (Denyse Finch) and five beautiful grandchildren; Mackenzie, Parker, Breanna, Beckett, and Braxton.
Doreen leaves extended Finch and McDonald family members and a wide circle of friends that she held dear and who will surely miss her deeply even though the years and distances have lessened the ‘facetime’, the connections and love remained strong with so many.
A Celebration of Life for Doreen will be held on October 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Parish, 3900 Arthur Drive, Delta B.C.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers please donate to the Canadian Diabetes Association/Diabetes Canada.
Please keep Doreen’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they adjust to this huge loss in their lives.
And if Doreen could give one last word of advice to us all, it would be the following:
In the words of Dr. Suess; “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!”