DODDS, Lillian The passing of Lillian Dodds (nee Paulsen), formerly of Loreburn, Sask., occurred on Monday, December 7, 2020 at the Outlook & District Health Centre at the age of 90 years. Mom was born on the family farm west of Strongfield on June 15, 1930 to Nick and Elsa Paulsen. She lived all her childhood on the farm and took her grades 1-9 at Cherrydale School just a short walk from the farm. During grades 11 and 12 mom boarded in Strongfield during the week. Following grade 12, she went to "Normal School" to get her teacher's certificate and then she was off teaching in the country schools - first at Raymore, then Thurber School (just outside of Elbow) and then back to Cherrydale where she had taken most of her schooling. During this time, she met a tall, dark and handsome man at a dance in Strongfield. His name was Mac Dodds. They were married October 19, 1951 and had three children – Glenn, Judy and Murray. They lived in Loreburn until 1998 when they moved to their condo in Saskatoon. Dad died in 2004 and mom stayed in the city until 2017 when she moved to Luther Place in Outlook. She spent the last 5 months in the Outlook Pioneer Home. Mom was very active in the community. She was superintendent of the Sunday school and enjoyed taking turns at all the offices in the church and community. Mom was a substitute teacher and tutored several students in math. She always kept current with her kids' and grandkids' education. She eagerly waited to hear their marks on any exam or report. She loved reading, sewing and knitting. She loved nature, crocuses, pussy willows and birds. Mom was small in stature but she was tough both mentally and physically. After dad passed away there were many new challenges and mom met them all head on. She was always optimistic and found the good in every day. She was very competitive whether it be a card game, board game or sports. She played first base on the local softball team. Curling was a winter past time. She curled both locally and in bonspiels for miles around. She enjoyed golfing, swimming and traveling. She also enjoyed music, playing the piano at home and the bass horn in the Loreburn Lion's Band. Mom was an enthusiastic sports fan. She kept statistics on the Toronto Blue Jays. She watched the children and grandchildren play ball, football, hockey, volleyball and basketball. She was their greatest cheerleader. Mom loved going to watch her grandkids at track and would even go to the local track meet when there were no grandkids to watch. Mom watched a lot of sports on TV but baseball and curling were her favourites. When she was 80 years old, her children took her to Toronto to watch the Blue Jays. That was a thrill of a lifetime for her and they took her three more times. Lillian is lovingly remembered by her family: Glenn Dodds (Cindy McIntosh), Judy (Les) Langager and Murray (Leigh) Dodds; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great- great-grandchild; sister, Ruth (Stan) Rendall; brother-in-law, Bob (Carol) Dodds; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Reuszer and Grace Paulsen; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Mac Dodds; daughter-in-law, Arlene Dodds; grandson, Kirk Langager; two sisters, Olga (George) Westman and Hilda (Jim) Seltenrich; brother, Harold Paulsen; brothers-in-law, Don Reuszer and Jim (Ruth) Dodds; and by two sisters-in-law, Marion (Rodney) Francis and Mary Dodds. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family memorial service was held on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the Loreburn Town & Country Centre with Rev. Ron McConnell officiating. Interment – Loreburn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to: the Outlook & District Health Foundation OR St. Andrew's United Church, Outlook, Sask. Arrangements were in care of the Outlook Funeral Chapel. __________________________________________________
Published in The Outlook from Jan. 7 to Feb. 6, 2021.