THOMPSON, Dora Lilian (née Phillips)
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Dora Lilian passed away quietly on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013, one month short of her 93rd birthday.
She is survived by her four children, Hal (June), Phyllis, Roger (Sue) and Keith (Angeline); three grandchildren, Kirsten Kjellander (Johan), Sydney Kjellander (Rebecca) and Janelle Courchesne; and one great-grandchild, Bjorn Johannson.
Dora ("Biddy") was born during a howling prairie blizzard on a farm near Hughenden, Alberta in 1920. She enjoyed a happy childhood with her two younger sisters, Valerie and Barbara. One joyful childhood memory was of playing 'nurse' with her dog, Major, as the 'patient'. Her youthful dream was realized when she graduated as a registered nurse from Edmonton's Royal Alexandra Hospital in 1944. Shortly after that she met Syd, and they married in 1947. Biddy became a full time mum to four children and managed the home front, all the while remaining Syd's principal supporter, adviser and comforter throughout their 50 years of marriage. Dora had a strong social conscience and community commitment. She was the President of the King Edward Park Anglican Church Women's Auxiliary, President of the local Boy Scouts, and founder of a girl's club for St. David's Anglican Church (Edmonton). She was elected to the initial board of the Oil Sands Hospital (now Northern Lights) in Ft. McMurray. Later in life, she was active in the Kelowna chapter of the I.O.D.E. In her 70's, she became well known for spearheading the successful nationwide campaign to have the murderer, Charles Ng, extradited back to the U.S. Her campaign was so successful that changes were made to Canada's Extradition Act. Dora will best be remembered for her jolly, open, kind, loving and sympathetic spirit, which lifted the spirits of all around her.
A Celebration of Life and Appreciation Wake will be held at the Town Hall, Village at Mill Creek, 1450 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. on Friday, February 22, at 10:00 a.m. Bring your happy memories of Biddy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dora's home for the past 6 years, "Baptist Housing - Village at Mill Creek", 1450 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna BC V1Y 5Y5. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mem.com and searching for 'Dora Thompson' under stories. Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Services, Kelowna, BC (250) 762-2299.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Feb. 20, 2013