Mrs. E. “Doris” Handbury of Winfield, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Rimbey on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the age of 89 years.

Doris was born at home in the Minto Municipality, Manitoba on July 26, 1922. Her younger years were spent in Manitoba near the small town of Clanwilliam in the Crocus District, along with her brother, Syd and her sisters, Gertie and Ethel. Doris was the youngest of her siblings. When she left home, Doris went to work in Neepawa, Manitoba as a waitress and it was here that she met the love of her life, Nelson, who was stationed there in the Air Force. Doris and Nelson were united in marriage on November 28, 1946. Nelson purchased land in Winfield, Alberta and moved his bride to Alberta, where together they farmed and raised their five children, Neil, Les, Rita, Randy and Lloyd. Doris was a remarkable wife, mother and grandmother. She was also very active in the Winfield community and was a member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, as well as the Lions Ladies, and enjoyed keeping busy with many community events. Doris was able to remain in her home of 65 years with the assistance of many wonderful caregivers. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Doris will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her four sons, Neil Handbury of Winfield; Les Handbury of Bentley; Randy (Donna) Handbury of Winfield; and Lloyd (Debbie) Handbury, also of Winfield; and her one daughter, Rita (Bill) Duffy of Winfield; as well as twelve grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Doris was predeceased by her parents, Rose and Bill Saunders; her beloved husband, Nelson in 2008; her daughter-in-law, Carol Handbury; one brother, Syd Saunders; and two sisters, Gertie Hunter and Ethel Richardson.

A Public Funeral Service in Celebration of Doris’ Life was held at the Winfield Community Centre, Winfield on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend David Holmes officiating. Interment followed in the Mount Clare Cemetery, Winfield. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Doris’ Memory may be made directly to Lions Clubs International ~ Hearing & Speech Action & Work With The Deaf Project, c/o Winfield Lions Club, Box 219, Winfield, Alberta T0C 2X0; or to CCSVI (MS Liberation Treatment Research), c/o MS Society ~ Central Alberta Chapter, #105, 4807 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4A5.

Condolences to the Family may also be expressed by e-mail to: special_reflections@telusplanet.net

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