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DORIS FERNE KEMPTHORNE (published on February 06, 2010)



DORIS FERNE KEMPTHORNE Peacefully after a lengthy illness and with her family by her side, Doris Ferne Kempthorne (nee Mullin) went to be with her Lord on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Boissevain Health Centre in Boissevain, MB. Doris was born at Roland, MB on December 19, 1924, the eldest child of Mervyn and Phyllis Mullin. She was predeceased by her parents, brothers-in-law Melvin Mogk and Fred Kempthorne, Lillian Kempthorne, and special niece Lynda Walters. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Eldon Kempthorne and their children and their families: son Dave (Merrilee) and their children Derek (Larissa), Andrea (Dean Anhorn) and great-grand-daughter and namesake Braleigh Fern, and Jenny; daughter Nancy (Clint Haight), and their sons Drew and Wade; son Eric (Erika Ritchie) and their children Katrin, Monica, Patrick and Natalia; sister Joan Mogk and brothers Elvis (Ruth), Glenn (Rita) and Verne Mullin; sisters-in-law Vera (Del) Saban, Gladys (Keith) Tufts, brother-in-law Archie (Sharon) Kempthorne, plus numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held on January 20,2010 followed by a memorial service where the eulogy was beautifully delivered by her three eldest grandchildren. Doris grew up on a farm in the Myrtle district of Manitoba. She attended school in Lowstoft, Myrtle and Roland schools and completed her grade 12 in Brandon. She entered St. Boniface School of Nursing where she enjoyed the next three years in residence and graduated with her Registered Nurse designation. Many lifetime friendships were made during this training. She worked at St. Boniface for several years until she was asked by Drs. Don and Ethel McPhail to move to Boissevain and assist with the opening of the new Boissevain, Morton and Minto Memorial Hospital. It was here that she met and married Eldon and they were blessed with three children. In 1966 the family moved to Saskatoon. Doris was extremely fond of her Irish heritage and her St. Patrick Day parties are legendary. One highlight of her life was her trip to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. She loved to travel and her plans always included the family. There were several ski trips to Jasper, breaks in Hawaii and Disneyland, fun at Briers and we returned every summer to her cottage at Lake Max. Many are the fond memories of Canada Day celebrations at Phillip's Landing, cruises on the pontoon boat under a full moon in July, teaching the children to water ski, and Christmas in July just to name a few. It was a great bonding place for the family. Doris loved to entertain. Even while busy with family life and a career she found time for crafts. Her meticulous approach allowed her to put a personal touch on any project she undertook. When she retired she started porcelain doll making which combined many of her talents...artistic face painting combined with sewing and knitting to dress the dolls. She made most of her dolls to give to others in her life. Another highlight of her life was the occasion of our 50th Wedding Anniversary. The children organized a marvelous reception and dinner at the Willis Pavilion at the International Peace Garden and over 100 guests including friends and relatives were present. In her later years Doris' health began to decline so we decided to return to our roots to be with family and friends in Boissevain. We felt welcomed by the complete community with open arms and open hearts and for that we are eternally grateful. We, her family, are blessed to have had the opportunity to share her life and we are grateful for all the memories we will cherish...Doris was a true friend and will be greatly missed. One of her favourite Irish Blessings: May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Donations may be made to the Heart Stroke Foundation, The Lung Association, or to a charity of choice. Arrangements were in care of Killarney and Boissevain Funeral Home Ltd.


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