Born December 2, 1921 Hanna, Alberta, died at home with Sandy and Kim at her side June 30, 2006. Doreen was the eldest daughter of Harvey and Elsie Telford predeceased by husband Bud (F.N.) Crabb (1990). sister Marjorie, brother Harvey, and sister Jean Fisher, survived by sister Eleanor Gravelle.
Doreen/Mom/Gram will be fondly remembered by daughter Sandy Schruder, granddaughters, Kim and Karen, faithful friends Jacquie, Marg and Lee, Babs of Calgary, many other friends and acquaintances.
We would like to thank Claudette’s army of Home Support Workers, the Home Nursing Team especially Tracy, and Doctor Douglas for their caring and compassion for Mom. To the end she had a ready smile for everyone.
Mom made a home for us wherever Dad was stationed with the RCAF – Coal Harbor, BC; Comox, BC; Clinton, Ontario; Whitehorse, Yukon; Greenwood, N.S.; Antwerpen, Belgium; Marville, France; Comox, BC; Torbay, Nfld; Foymount, Ontario and finally Comox, BC when Dad retired. The moved to Campbell River and finally owned their own property on Woods Creek at Storries Beach. Mom always enjoyed people, could make a welcoming meal from next to nothing, and you never left her table hungry. She occupied herself with baking, cooking, gardening, knitting, sewing, cross stitch projects, and other handicrafts. She thoroughly enjoyed her condominium on Willow Creek, watching the wildlife, the water traffic and the comings and goings of the sports fishers – sometimes concerned if someone wasn’t back by dark, and most recently the construction. There was so much more to Mom than these few words.
The only time Mom earned a driver’s licence was in Whitehorse. She was just too nervous behind the wheel. Dad was often away on TD and he thought she should drive. Mom always laughingly said the RCMP officer who tested her gave her her licence so she wouldn’t come back! Due to a thoughtless prank when she was young, Mom never learned to swim. So two things she really impressed upon younger family members were learn to swim and get a driver’s licence.
Rest in peace, Doreen/Mom/Gram. You were so courageous with your lengthy painful illness.
“You are the wind beneath our wings”.
With respect to her wishes there will be no service. Flowers are declined with thanks. If anyone so wishes, donations to heart, diabetes, kidney charities or the Campbell River Hospital Foundation will be greatly appreciated.
Sutton’s In Care of