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DHANRAJIE (DOLLY) SINGH (published on July 07, 2009)



DHANRAJIE (DOLLY) SINGH It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving mother, grandmother and caregiver Dhanrajie, Dolly, Singh. Dolly passed away peacefully the morning of July 5, 2009 at 12:05 a.m. surrounded by her family. This matriarch of our family is predeceased by her husband, Bisnauth Singh, and her daughter, Dalo Hansraj. She was a dear mother to her four daughters, Savitri Ramraj, Indra Raj, Shanti Paryag, Sandra Singh, and two sons, Deewan Singh and Anand Singh, as well as all of her sons and daughters-in-law. Dolly was also a proud grandmother to 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all those who have had the privilege to call her a guardian, and those who will hear stories of the great things she accomplished and lived through. Born in Dehoop, Mahaica, Guyana, Dolly worked and lived on a farm with her two brothers and five sisters. She attended school and enjoyed performing duties such milking cows, planting sugar cane and picking mangos. She derived great pleasure from the outdoors, and the quiet relaxed nature of gardening. Dolly was known as an intelligent, strong-willed, hard working, attentive and good natured child, qualities that were distinct in her until she passed at age 77. At age 18 she married Bisnauth Singh with whom she nurtured and raised seven children who remember the mother that created and ran small businesses, atypical for a female of the time. An entrepreneur, Dolly delved into selling fruits, ( the best mangos are from Buxton ), jewelry and clothing to support her family. An important accomplishment of the time was Dolly's successful management of a sugar plant company during harsh political times in Guyana. Having raised successful, hard working children in her image, Dolly was able to immigrate to Canada in January of 1982 to watch over their studies, progress and hard work. In Canada Dolly did not complain about the cold weather, choosing instead to wear layers. Her grandchildren still hear her wise words of advice to dress warm and always wear a hat, (as well as drive safe, slow and pray). Those in Guyana remember her consideration every time she returned home, never coming back empty handed, suitcases full of clothing and candies. She flourished in Canada, enjoying long walks, trips to Assiniboine Park, shopping and providing endless love and support to her children. Like a true caregiver, Dolly's self sacrifice is prominent, working hard to help raise her grandchildren so that her children could grow their own careers. For this reason every member of the family is indebted to Dolly and each grandchild has in her a wonderful mother as well as a grandmother. We each remember Dhanrajie with fondness and love, and will miss her wonderful smile and laughter. The family would like to extend their greatest appreciation to the staff at the HSC, H4, GA4, and especially the MICU for their wonderful treatment and support. We thank them for providing comfort to Dolly who fought hard and stayed strong through many complications. It is with this spirit and strong will for which we remember our Mother, Grandmother and caregiver. The viewing is to be held at Thomson In the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7. The cremation will be held the following morning at Thomson In the Park at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in Dhanrajie, Dolly, Singh's name to the Canadian Diabetes Association. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Send expressions of sympathy to www.mem.com


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