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Todhunter, Doreen Gwyneth UE: 1924-2011.

Doreen Gwyneth (Powell) Todhunter UE, born on 13 January 1924, passed away peacefully on a beautiful Sunday, 28 August 2011. A proud second generation Vancouverite, Doreen's father, George Powell, owned the Vancouver clothing factory. Gordon Campbell Ltd. Doreen and her sister, Phyllis Sutton UE, inherited the family business and successfully ran it for another twenty years.

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In her twenties, Doreen was a Past Honoured Queen of Bethel No. 1, International Order of Job's Daughters, and a Charter Member of Zarah Temple No. 72, Daughters of the Nile.

An avid history buff, Doreen became passionate about the United Empire Loyalists from whom she was descended (Robert Campbell, Frederick Smith, Jacob Beam). She joined the Vancouver Branch in 1973. In 1979, she was awarded The Most Honourable Order of Meritorious Heritage, an official recognition of her outstanding contribution in resurrecting the Vancouver Branch of the UELAC. She was a Life Member of the Vancouver Branch and a Charter Member of the Chilliwack Branch that formed in 1990. Doreen faithfully wore her period dress to all the meetings. We called her Queen Victoria because of her likeness to that monarch. To us, she was our queen, a gracious hostess with a wealth of knowledge, a precious mentor and a dear and loyal friend. She was an invaluable member of the Chilliwack Branch and its executive.

Doreen was a valued employee of the University of British Columbia's English Department for a number of years. Doreen loved language and was sought out for her expertise in the M.L.A. Style Sheet and the Chicago Manual of Style.

Predeceased by her husband of 33 years, Stanley Caswell Todhunter, in 1981, and her sister, Phyllis Sutton UE, in 1997, she is lovingly remembered by her children, grandchildren and extended families: Judy (Ken Rosmus), James, Susannah, Christina, Sam, Mark, Karen (Bob Derham), Ron (Janet Wagner), Robert, Sean, Alisha, Zander, Schuyler, Jaydon, Linda (Chris Godwin), Morgan, Sean, Nicole, and many friends.

By Shirley Dargatz UE, Pacific Region Vice-President and President of Chilliwack Branch
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Title Annotation:Well-Remembered
Author:Dargatz, Shirley
Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Mar 22, 2012
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