Davida “Doreen” Dodd was born October 7, 1949 in the old Souris Hospital. She passed away on May 28, 2023 at the Souris Personal Care Home. She was the youngest child of David and Theresa (Prevost) Bianco. Doreen grew up on the family farm in the Terrance district where she formed a love for animals, baking, gardening, flowers and family. She attended Millan School and Souris School. In 1963 Doreen met her soul mate Allan at the skating rink and spent the rest of her life with him. Allan and Doreen were married June 15, 1968 at the United Church in Souris. During their early marriage, they resided at Hayfield Manitoba and it was there that their family began. Treena was born in 1969, Kim in 1970 and Robin in 1973.
Mom’s first job was a teller at the Royal Bank in Souris. Once their family started, Mom dedicated her time to being a full time Mom and Wife Mom and Dad moved to the family Dairy/Grain Farm, Shirelane Ayrshire’s, where they farmed and milked cows with Dad’s parents. After we started school, Mom once again joined the work force and began her career with Public Health, starting out as a Home Care Worker and shortly after as the Home Care Resource Co-ordinator. She loved her job and continued with it until her retirement, 30+ years later. Mom loved caring for people and this was, by all means, the perfect job for her.
Together, Mom and Dad started Yatara Stables Arabians very early in their marriage. Mom made many show cloths for her family including our stable decorations which won numerous awards. As a family, we spent many years showing our Purebred and Partbred Arabian Horses. When Mom and Dad retired from the show ring, they continued to spent most summer weekends hauling their girls and horses around to local fairs and Provincial Arabian Show. Horses were a passion of hers from a very young age. She volunteered as the Secretary for the Manitoba Arabian Horse Association as well as the show secretary for many of the Provincial Shows for many years. Together they also started and led the Souris 4-H Pony Club, the Souris Trailblazers. So many memories were made with our friends which became known as our “Horse Family”. Mom and Dad purchased a purebred mare from Maple Ridge BC and flew her home as a weanling. Delli and Mom took the show ring by storm winning almost every show they entered. The highlight was the year Delli won High Point Senior Purebred Mare, Mom and her had an unbreakable bond.
After retirement Mom was able to enjoy spending more time at home with Dad, her horses and her beloved dogs. She took up knitting and made something for everyone!
Once the Grandchildren arrived, Mom and Dad put many miles on the vehicles following them around to every school event, sport event or taking them to the park for a play and ice cream. She absolutely adored each and every one of them. As they grew up, she loved wresting with them and teasing them, Mom had a great sense of humor and a heart of gold.
In 2015 Mom was diagnosed with Dementia. She remained at home with the Love of her Life as her caregiver for 6 years. As her dementia progressed Mom was moved into the Souris Personal Care home where she spent the past 2 years. Dad was a constant visitor and never left her side. In the early morning hours of May 28, 2023 the sun set on Mom’s journey in this world. She left us peacefully, surrounded by her family and love, so very much love. We miss her laugh, sense of humor, smiles, hugs and famous back rubs. Dad misses his beloved wife and we miss our dear Mom. Her love lives on through memories and through all of us.
Doreen was predeceased by her parents, Dave and Theresa Bianco, an infant brother, her parents in-law Bill and Roberta Dodd, brothers in-law Bob Thomson and Brian Lee and nephew Perry (Susan) Thomson. Holding her memories and love tight are her beloved husband Allan of 54 years, daughters Treena (Wade) Winters, Kim (Jim) Draper and Robin Dodd. Her Grandchildren and lights of her life Candace (Cory) Warden, Andrew Draper, Ryan Winters (Ashlyn), Paul Winters and Cory Winters. And the reasons Mom received the nickname “Baby Hog”, her Great Grandchildren Nash and Nora Warden. Also surviving are Doreen’s sister Shirley Thomson, brother and sister in-law Doug (Linda) Dodd, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life was held at the Souris United Church on June 10, 2023 with Tanis Podobni Officiating. Family Tribute was read by Kim Draper and Candace Warden, Urn Bearers were Andrew Draper and Ryan Winters. A beautiful Memorial video was created by Cory Winters. Special thank you to Darcie Donogh and Carol Bodin for being the ushers and representing Home Care, Mom loved her job and her co-workers.
On behalf of our family, we thank everyone for attending Mom’s service. For the calls, food, messages, flowers, and donations in Mom’s name, we thank you. In lieu of individual thank you notes, a donation has been made to the Souris Personal Care Home Courtyard Fund c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0. This was a place Mom loved and was very near and dear to her heart.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.