In the presence of family, Elsie Dorothea Doucette–daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and woman extraordinaire–passed away peacefully at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the age of 85 following an illness with cancer.
Elsie was born June 11, 1927 in Schleswig, Germany. Weighing less than two pounds at birth, she entered this world with a profound strength of spirit and character to overcome hardship and appreciate everything life had to offer.
From this miraculous beginning flourished a genuine, kind, and loving person who became a ray of light to everyone with whom she came in contact.
With her parents, John and Freda Everson, Elsie immigrated to Canada at the age of two and resided in Saskatchewan. During her childhood, her father and mother worked as merchants and the family frequently moved within the province from one town to another.
As an only child, and with friendships lost with each move, Elsie took solace in reading. She had a keen mind and a hunger for knowledge. She read everything from encyclopedias to fantasy novels to the entire dictionary (needless to say, she was near impossible to outperform in games of Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit).
In 1943, the Eversons relocated one final time to settle in Fort Frances. Here, Elsie enjoyed spending time with her father, fishing, and learning new skills. Her dad was a quiet man who lovingly accepted Elsie for who she was.
While working in a coffee shop, Elsie met Albert Doucette. They were united in marriage on Jan. 21, 1947. Together, they owned a small farm on Hammond Road and raised six beautiful children.
While Albert worked in the mill, Elsie held positions at A&W and the Kitchen Creek Golf Club. She also worked in dietary at La Verendrye Hospital, where she delivered more than meals to the patients; Elsie always took time to share a smile and a kind word.
She was compassionate and enjoyed nothing more than making others feel worthy and special.
Elsie was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 Ladies Auxiliary, the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary, and the Kitchen Creek Golf Club. She was an avid and successful golfer, with her name etched upon some of the trophies in the clubhouse.
Elsie excelled at every project that she attempted. She enjoyed ceramics, and took up oil painting and sewing. She enjoyed playing cards in various circles in the area.
Her cooking of crepes and fresh garden vegetables was second to none. She also had an emerald thumb, having the ability to take any seed or cutting and make it thrive.
But most of all, spending time with her kids came first. Elsie often would ignore the housework to play with her children (taking time to hide the dirty dishes in the oven before dad got home from work).
All through her life, she was openly grateful for her children and their families. Not once would she let the opportunity pass to give a hug, a smile, and tell them how wonderful they were and how lucky she was to have them in her life.
Elsie chose to take life at a slower pace. There always was time to chat, and always time to appreciate. May we all learn from her example–to value our moments and the people we share them with.
She was a miracle and blessing to us all.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Roy (Jodell), Brian (Bonnie), Judith (Dorian) Lindholm, Sherry (Glen) MacGregor, Linda Fichuk, and Nancy (Embert) Green; her grandchildren, Jason, Jeffrey, Michael, LeAnn, Anna, Amy, John, Brent, Ryan, Jason, Elissa, and Timothy; as well as several great-grandchildren.
Elsie was predeceased by her husband, Albert; her parents, John and Freda Everson; and son-in-law, Loring Fichuk.
Friends and family are invited to a graveside service to celebrate Elsie’s life on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances. Rev. Barbara Miller will officiate.
The honourary pallbearers will be Elsie’s grandchildren.
In memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com