Doreen Christopher

Doreen Ruth Christopher, age 95, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, passed away on April 11, 2017 at the Meadows long-term care facility in Swift Current. Doreen was born on January 29, 1922 to John and Clara Hanson on the family farm, 8 miles east of Neidpath, Saskatchewan. Doreen was the third youngest of nine children. She attended Ensz School in the Bluehill District, east of Neidpath, completing Grades 1 to 9. Doreen enjoyed fastball, playing first base for the Hilltoppers between the ages of 15 and 17. Her nickname on the team was "Rough House". In the 1940s, when Doreen was in her mid-20s she worked at the Colonel Belcher Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, working in housekeeping with her sister Viola. Doreen married Stanley Christopher on April 8, 1953 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Swift Current. Stan and Doreen lived on a farm 1.5 miles southwest of Braddock, Saskatchewan. They loved to dance. Doreen was a member of the Braddock Ladies Community Club from 1953 to the late 1960s. The ladies were busy putting on showers, anniversary parties, weddings, and going away parties. They held fundraisers, including bake sales, dances, and teas. The ladies catered at curling games and Saskatchewan Wheat Pool suppers. Doreen was also part of the Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW) with the Hallonquist Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was the Education Secretary in 1980 and 1981, Vice President in 1982 and 1983, and President in 1984 and 1985. The ELW ladies had bake sales, potluck dinners, wedding anniversaries, showers, donations to various charities, and fundraising for church expenses. Doreen and her sister Blanche were on the committee for putting together the history of the ELW (1912 to 1987). Doreen enjoyed curling. She loved the competition and socializing through curling. Doreen also loved country music and gardening, and enjoyed life on the farm. She was a renowned baker in the family for her butter-raisin tarts, gingersnap cookies, and apple pie. Like many other farm wives, Doreen delivered countless meals out to the field. After Stan passed away Doreen stayed on the farm for seven years, moving into Swift Current in 1990. Fifteen years later she moved into the Prairie View Lodge, where she resided until January of 2016. In September of 2016 she moved into The Meadows long-term care facility. Doreen is survived by her children, Jay (Bonnie), Corinne, and Jan (Myrna); granddaughters Carrie (Kevin), Erin, Kelsi, and Jodi; great-granddaughters Chloe and Kendra, great-grandson Aiden, numerous nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law Amy and Wynn, and brothers-in-law Claire and Harris. Doreen is predeceased by her parents John and Clara, husband Stanley, parents-in-law Castor and Annie, grandson Don Allan, brothers George and Arvid, sisters and brothers-in-law Myrtle (Harold), Florence (Tony), Cora (Ed), Violet, Blanche (Wilf), and Viola (Bruce); sisters-in-law Mary, Pat, Sylvia, Darlene, Gladys, and Verna; and brothers-in-law Earl, Russell, Curtis, and Norman. The celebration of life service will be held Friday April 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Greg Kiel officiating. A private interment service will be held at the Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Dorie's House Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter. Warren's Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. For further information please call 306-773-8831 or visit our website at and express your sympathy to the family in our book of condolence.

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