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Doris Campbell

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DORIS MAE CAMPBELL

December 27, 1957 – April 20, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we are sharing, our beloved sister, Doris Mae Campbell passed away suddenly on April 20, 2024.There are no words that can adequately describe our sense of loss. A piece of our hearts has been permanently ripped away before her life’s dreams, desires and wishes were fully realized.


On the morning of her death, Doris was heading out with her sisters, Heather, and Linda, for a girl’s shopping spree. Unfortunately, this was not to be, but she was in a great mood and surrounded by love when she died. We like to think it was meant to be this way. Doris’ last few years and months were more of a challenge. To leave on a happier note does bring us some solace. We like to think she was called to join a beautiful bonfire with family and friends who passed before her. Doris is predeceased by her Mother, and name’s sake, Doris (Betty); Father Kenneth; sisters Cheryl, Susan, and Cindy; her brothers-in-law, Donny and Terry; and nephew Logan.


Doris came from a large family, and she loved family gatherings. She was one of twelve children and had a large extended family that included a sister-in-law and nine brothers-in-law. She did not have children of her own but was a very important figure to many of her nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by all.


Doris was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and a big part of her heart always remained in the Maritimes. She was the seventh of twelve children. Being in the middle of the pack gave her a unique position of having the elder siblings as role models and being a mentor to her younger siblings. She was excellent at navigating this role with her own flare. Doris always took a no-nonsense approach to life. She was smart and witty and truly appreciated the things she loved in life.


Early on Doris excelled at bag pipes and represented Canada in Scotland at the Highland Games at the Edinburgh Castle. She loved animals, her horse Navajo, and cats Sam and Bob being some of her most treasured companions. She was an avid reader, and we like to think this is how Doris explored the world and lived out her dreams. Doris loved simple tasty food, especially Greek salads and prime rib. She will be remembered often for “Doris’ Dip” and this will remain a staple at family gatherings and game nights. Doris also loved camping with the family and took every opportunity to join a trip to Rushing River. As noted, she left a piece of her heart in New Brunswick, and her visits home brought her some of her happiest memories and connection with more family and old friends that she adored. 


Doris was the most creative and talented seamstress most of us ever knew. Everyone in the family has a story of something special Doris made for them. She created monumental pieces like her beautiful intricate quilts, wedding dresses and attire, graduation dresses, ring pillows for weddings, and simple alterations and repairs. Highlighting Doris’ generous spirit, Doris made thousands of masks during the height of the pandemic and gave them away to anyone who needed them. Many of our best memories with Doris are times spent crafting with her. She had a passion to teach and one of her biggest accomplishments was working with youth from the Remand Center and teaching them the love of creating and sewing. 


One of Doris’ biggest regrets was not finishing her life’s work of a personal quilt for all family members. She did come very close, and we will make sure these are completed in her honour. 


Doris should have trademarked her “Bucky-Wucky” tea cozies as they were a hit with everyone who ever received one. We will all think of Doris every time we use our beloved pieces from her. 


Doris’ professional life was focused at 7 Eleven and she was a manager at many locations throughout Winnipeg. She prided herself on her work and was loved by her regular customers. Having to stop work a few years early was very difficult for her, especially because these co-workers felt like close friends to her. 


She had very special and personalized connections with every family member. Over the last few days people have been sharing their reflections and we invite them to add them below if they feel comfortable sharing. Doris was many things to many people but most of all she was a steady force in everyone’s lives. 


The family would like to thank all of Doris’ health care providers over the years. In some ways, they helped us get many more years with Doris after her first heart attack in 2016. Special thanks to everyone at the Seven Oaks Emergency Department who acted quickly and did everything they could to help Doris in those final moments. The care and compassion shown to her and our family as we said goodbye will always be remembered. 


Doris’ family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.

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Sylvia Coelho

May 12, 2024 at 5:50 PM

Aunty Doris you were one of a kind. It seems so unfair that your time here with us on earth was cut short.

There are so many things that come to mind when I think of you. Number 1 will be every time I look at my Katie bear, I had asked you if I could give Katelyn your middle name (Mae) as a tribute to both nanny and you. You always played a key role in my life, from the time I was little when you lived with us in the apartment. To the many times we spent perusing through and window shopping stores and malls and fabric shops. Oh your love for materials.... I am forever Grateful for my Quilt, which many agree was some of your most beautiful work yet. The quilted pieces you made for my daughters and my amazing Grad Dress are among treasured pieces to me. am truly grateful for the times we spent together with Mom (Heather) watching old classics like The King & 1, 7 brides for 7 brothers & Brigadoon, swooning over the likes of Gene Kelly, Howard Keel (why I love red heads) and Yul Brvnner to name a few, all while munching on Greek Salad and a Merlin Pizza.

From Your bold take NO shit from anyone attitude to your kind compassionate ways in teaching your nieces and nephews how to Gag at gross foods will be missed.

Even though you never had any Children of your own, you weren't just an aunt you were so much more you helped raise and shape me too. I love you Aunt Doris.

love your niece Sylvia Coelho

Linda Mumtaz her loving sister

May 11, 2024 at 7:48 PM

Missing my sister Doris, she was the seventh daughter of a large family and was very intuitive. She had the following Article published about her just after she was born.

THE MAN ON THe Street

 

The figure seven seems to figure largely in the short story, to date, of a little girl who arrived at the Saint John General Hospital the other day.

Seventh child in the family of Saint John police constable Kenneth Campbell, she is also the seventh daughter. She arrived Dec. 27, 1957, weighing exactly seven pounds, seven ounces.

By the way, she timed her arrival to 17 minutes before 5 p.m. Looking around for more of the sevens, her proud parents counted themselves, and the sisters and brother's of each, and came up with - seven.

We wonder if the Campbell's know the old tradition about the "seven daughters "? She is, folks used to say, endowed with special powers - something a little more than the usual "woma's intuition," something that offers glimpses into the future, some sort of magic wand. Of course, so they say, it is even better to be a "seventh daughter of a seventh daughter."

But a brand new daughter is bound to be pretty special anywa - with or without any magical charms.

 

Doris loved this old tradition and spoke of it often. All of her sisters and brothers knew how special she was.

Sending warm hugs your way. Miss you lots your loving sister Linda.

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