Doreen Mae Garrecht

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Doreen Mae Garrecht (O’Connor)

May 10, 1942 ~ October 6, 2016


Doreen passed away peacefully on October 6, 2016, with family by her side.

Doreen Mae (Babe) Garrecht was born on Mother’s Day in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan to Isabelle and Chuck O’Connor.

She attended Grey Nuns Nursing School in Regina and graduated in 1963. She started her nursing career in Red Deer, AB, and had stints in Saskatoon, Weyburn, Kamloops and Rockglen; where she met the love of her life, Al. They were married on September 7, 1968.

Doreen and Al started their family in Regina, and moved to Saskatoon in 1974. The East Centre gang had so many good times over the next 9 years. In 1983 the family moved to Abbotsford, and then in May of 1986 to Prince Rupert, BC. That was home for the next 11 years where many good friends were made. In 1997 Doreen and Al made their last move to Creston. This quickly became home for them. Doreen helped out Al behind the scenes with Rotary functions. She also became quite the golfer, enjoyed quilting and started knitting again. She volunteered at Gleaners for many years.This place will always hold a special place in all our hearts; for the friends she made there, and the funny stories she shared with us.

Doreen was predeceased by her sister Patricia, father Chuck, nephew Jerad, sister-in-law Dolores, and brothers-in-law Ed, Brad, and Richard.

Doreen will be missed by her husband Al; daughters Leann (Anders) and Marcy (Rob); grandchildren Chris, Emily, Kelsie and Scott. She will be missed by her mother Isabelle; sisters Maureen and Cherie; brother-in-law Larry (Jeannette) and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the BC Cancer Society.

A special thank you to Dr. Kleinhans, Dr. Oberleitner, and the nurses at Creston Valley Hospital. Your compassion, support and care of mom made an incredibly difficult time a bit easier to bear. Thank you as well to the two paramedics who brought Doreen to the hospital. Your gentleness, kindness, and understanding will always be remembered.