Blades (Barre), Doreen Edeline – It is with great sadness, peace of mind and much love that we announce the passing of Doreen Edeline (Barre) Blades, on March 19, 2016. She will be forever missed by her husband of 58 years, Alvin; her children, Ted (Kathryn), Margaret (Darren), Judy (Rob); grandchildren, Griffin, Winter, Ryan (Leanza), Jayme (Kayla), Anthony, Darcey (Jessica), Jesse (Mackie), Lacey; great-grandchildren, Blayze, Jordyn, Adelynn, Ronan and Hunter, as well as Alvin’s many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. The teenager from Montreal married the farm boy from Nova Scotia, whom she met on a blind date. They began their married life in Ontario where Ted and Margaret were born, then moved to Elderbank, their chosen home, where Judy was born.
Doreen worked as an Avon Lady, a medical receptionist and in the MRHS cafeteria. She was active in the community as a member of the UCW, Hospital Auxiliary, Lionettes, and was the first Lady Lion of the Musquodoboit Valley Lions. As a Lion, she held many positions, but her favourite was 13 years as an International Youth Leader. Doreen’s respect, kindness and teachings were shared with youth from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Maine.
Doreen and Alvin taught their children the joy of travel, be it local, Canada-wide or Cuba, where they were welcomed as members of a large Cuban family. Her greatest wish was to have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Along the way, she taught us to cook, love unconditionally and come together as a family. Although Doreen has left us physically, her spirit resides in each of us. We will miss her smile, her laugh and her love of the sun.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital. Mom received the best care, personal treatment and respect during her hospitalization. Thank you to Linda Yates and Marjory Cornelius for their support.
As per Doreen’s request, there will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 26 in St. Andrew’s United Church, Elderbank, beginning with a Lions gathering from 1-1:45 p.m., followed by family and friends from 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Musquodoboit Valley Lions Club.
Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.