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Evelyn Doreen Erickson
January 11, 1940 ~ September 14, 2022 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Evelyn Doreen Erickson (Doreen) of Prince George, BC passed away peacefully, with dignity and grace, surrounded by her family on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at the age of 82 years.
Doreen was born on January 11, 1940, to Max and Mary Miller in Scott, SK. After graduating from McKenzie High in Kindersley, SK in 1958, she went to Saskatoon Business College where she received her secretarial diploma.
Doreen’s first job was a secretary at the University of Saskatchewan Hospital Biology Laboratory for three years. She moved to the Modern Press as an Executive Secretary, returning there after staying home with her children for five years, and worked in the Prairie Book Department for another five years.
In Kindersley, SK, she worked as a Care Aid and then Canada Post; in 1994 in Fort St John, BC, she managed the Girl Guides of Canada Thrift store (Mom’s ‘Boutique’); she retired when they moved to Prince George in 2007.
While dancing at Silverstone Park, Saskatoon in January 1963, Doreen met her soulmate, David William Erickson. He just wouldn’t stop asking her to dance - and they wed on September 25, 1965 - going on to have two girls – Kim Marie and Michelle Leah. (We often heard our middle names when we were young!)
Doreen loved all music, flower gardens, reading, ceramics and even attempted to be a seamstress – much to Kim and Michelle’s chagrin as young girls having to wear ‘stretch and sew’ clothes! She loved the Toronto Blue Jays and she and Dave travelled twice to see them play live. Together, Dave and Doreen, enjoyed having drinks and playing cards and games with friends in Saskatoon and Kindersley. In later years, Doreen and Dave became skilled and competitive floor curlers through the Hart Pioneer Center in Prince George, BC qualifying for the 2008 Seniors Games in Langley, BC. They enjoyed volunteering as greeters/ushers at Christ Our Savior Church in Prince George and volunteering at the Hart Seniors Centre in things such as catering, dances, pancake breakfasts and roast beef dinners.
Doreen was predeceased by her brother, Conrad Miller, and parents, Mary Miller, and Max Miller. Doreen is survived by the love of her life, Dave Erickson; daughters, Kim Welte (Kevin) and Michelle Erickson (Justin); grandchildren, David Parnell (Shauntay), Lauren Welte (Nicole), Kieran Welte and great-grandchildren, Breanne-Lee and Tori Rae-Lynn. Her dog, Hunter, got to have some final snuggles in Mom’s last days.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, you take a walk in a beautiful flower garden or donate to: Canadian Diabetes Association; Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society or your local animal shelter. A mass will be held at Christ Our Saviour Church in Prince George on Wednesday, September 21 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the Hart Senior’s Centre.
Please wear your brightest, fun colors for Mom’s funeral – she refused to wear black for any funeral and was always the one in hot pink, red or yellow!