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Bradshaw, Marjorie "Doris"

Marjorie “Doris” Bradshaw age 94, passed away May 29, 2015 in Nelson, B.C.

Doris, a life long resident of Nelson, was the daughter of Joseph and Marjorie Habegard.  She was predeceased by her sister Christina.  Doris attended Hume School and graduated from Nelson High School.  As a young woman she was a consistent winner of the West Kootenay Music Festival for her soprano singing.  Her training in music was a product of the teachings of Dr. Amy Ferguson who became a very dear friend to Doris in later life.

Doris worked for the Daily News for 33 years as a columnist and District Editor including 17 years as Front Page Editor.  What started out as a temporary job as a filing clerk and reporting on Nelson’s cultural life, music festivals, plays and concerts turned into a life long love.  Her first column “Just a Line” started in 1954 and ran as time and space permitted.  In 1956 MDB “Odds and Ends” first appeared and it remained one of the most popular parts of the paper until her retirement in 1984.  In her spare time Doris was curator of the Daily News Archives, and thanks to her, vital historical photos and records were saved.  Besides her work, Doris had a passion for poetry, painting, singing, piano, she loved to crochet and gave away many of her blankets, she spent countless hours visiting seniors and taking them for drives.  She was most generous with her time and asked for nothing in return, but a warm smile.

She will be lovingly remembered by her immediate family Heather (Lawrence), Diane (Bruce), Craig (Sue), Ron (Tracy), the Habegard and Bradshaw families’ many cousins, nephews, and nieces as well as her very dear friend Alice Strand, and her Care Givers June and Fran.  Special thanks to June & Alice over the past 3 weeks for all the extra love and care you showed Doris.  

There will be a Celebration of Life for Doris at the Nelson United Church on August 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.  Thompson Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a donation to your favourite charity in Doris’s name.

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