Elsie “Doreen” Guillaume

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Doreen Guillaume at the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice Home in Kamloops.

Doreen died peacefully, surrounded and loved by family, on February 1, 2016.

Doreen was born on March 12, 1921 in Vancouver, to Bill and Doris Curran. After a short stay in Swanson Bay and Nelson, Doreen moved with her family to Trail at the age of 7 and has been very proud to call Trail her home for “ever”. Only recently did Doreen move to Kamloops to be close to her daughters. Doreen loved being closer to family, but always left a big part of her heart in Trail. All those who knew Doreen know of her energy, enthusiasm and positive spirit. Doreen cherished her years skiing at Red Mountain, golfing at Birchbank, and playing badminton well into her 70s. She was a strong supporter of her children and grandchildren’s sporting activities, especially figure skating, baseball and track and field.

Doreen loved Trail, the Trail Times, the Trail Smoke Eaters, Trailites, and everything that Trail stood for. If at all possible Doreen participated in and attended any and all civic events.

Throughout the years Doreen was an elementary school teacher and an ardent volunteer, being very involved in the Red Cross, Hospital Auxiliary, Trail Hospital, Community Concerts, Summer Games, Anglican Church, and many other community events and programs.

Doreen was predeceased by her loving husbands, Colin Guillaume, Newt Robinson, and Bob Kirby, and her sister, Joan McNaughton.

Doreen will be greatly missed by her daughters, Jill (Sam) Desimone and Jane (Murray) Finlay, her grandchildren Kristy (Pete) Corcoran, Jennifer (Mike) Dalton, Tad(Aletha)Desimone, and Marty(Kara) Desimone, her great-grandchildren Jillian and Maya Corcoran, and Aidan and Keeley Dalton, her brother-in-law Dick McNaughton, and several special nieces.

The family would like to acknowledge the caring Chateau Manor “family” that she left behind when she moved to Berwick on the Park in May 2015. They also wish to thank her “friends” at Berwick where Doreen was embraced by the enthusiastic, dedicated staff who so quickly made her feel welcome.

Doreen’s last days were spent at the Kamloops Hospice, cared for by the staff “angels” who ensured her comfort until the very end. The family will be forever grateful to the Hospice staff for making the end of her life so peaceful and for their support of our family through our tremendous loss.

Among the many friends Doreen leaves behind, Rita D’Andrea and Paula Makortoff remained in her thoughts and close to her heart until the very end.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Doreen’s name may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation in support of cancer research.

A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date.


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