Doris Pearl Speight (Rushton)

October 21, 1926 – November 10, 2020

 

On November 10, 2020, Doris Pearl Speight (Rushton) walked into the arms of Jesus at the age of 94, peacefully and with loved ones by her side.

 

Doris will be lovingly remembered by her children, Sharon Kennedy (Ted), Erin Speight, Leslie Roberts, and Debbie Abraham; grandchildren Lori-Anne Solotki (Scott), Miranda Robinson (Brad), Bernie Wall (Darryl), Christopher and Anthony Roberts, and Matt Abraham (Katy); great-grandchildren Regan and Arden Robinson, Drayven and Hunter Wall; very special niece, Lori Gray, and many other nieces and nephews. She is also survived by one sister, Milly Chidley, of London, Ontario. She was predeceased by her husband, Sid Speight; brother Frank Rushton; and sisters Phyllis Gray and Grace Speight.

 

Doris was born to Percy and Annie Rushton in Keewatin, Ontario on October 21, 1926. At 18, she went to Teacher’s College in Toronto and returned to teach in a one room schoolhouse in the country. This is where she met Sid, while boarding in the home of his relatives. Doris and Sid were married in 1946 and raised their 4 children in Kenora (Lakeside). She went on to teach at the Keewatin School until her retirement.

 

Mom loved teaching, nature walks, deer, birds, flowers, blueberry picking, curling, music, chocolate, and travelling to visit her children, grandchildren, and great-granchildren.

 

Mom was known for her infectious, positive attitude. She was a selfless person who dedicated many years giving back to the community through hospital fundraisers, volunteering at Pinecrest, and delivering Meals-on-Wheels.

 

We have so much gratitude for the staff at Benedickson who helped mom keep her independence for so long, and all those at Pinecrest who loved and cared for her like she was their own. We are forever thankful.

 

We are planning a celebration of mom’s life at a future time when we can all be outside, where she loved to be. 


Community Support Services and Pinecrest Home (both at 1220 Valley Drive) were near and dear to mom’s heart, and memorial donations to either would put a smile on her face