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Doreen Elizabeth (McInerney) Drury

September 27, 1924 ~ November 6, 2020 (age 96)


DRURY, Doreen Elizabeth (McInerney) passed away Friday, November 6, 2020, at the age of 96.  She was predeceased by her husband Harold, her sisters Patsy (Bruce) Drury, Marg (Ed) Skye and her brother Eddie McInerney, her brothers-in-law, Norman, Buck (Norah), and Joe (Grace) Drury, Charlie Brinkhurst and her sisters-in-law Patricia McInerney, Eva (George) Pollock, Bertha(Fred) Tranter, Myrtle Brinkhurst and Mabel Guenther. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Doreen was born on September 27, 1924 in Maple Creek to Patrick and Doris (Hogg) McInerney. They lived on the homestead in the Kincorth District until the fall of 1928 when her Dad sold the homestead. The winter was spent there and then they moved to Medicine Hat for a short time.  In 1929, her Dad bought a ranch 10 miles south of Govenlock and they moved there in June.

Most of her education was by correspondence until 1940, when she and her sister Patsy moved to Maple Creek to further their education. This is where she met the love of her life Harold Drury. They were married on November 29, 1942 at Senate, Saskatchewan with only their attendants and the priest there.

They lived on the Drury Homestead until the mid to late 1940’s when they purchased the George Pollock place 7 miles west of Cypress Park, where they remained until the early 1960’s when they sold the ranch and moved into Maple Creek, spending their summers on the original homestead.

In 1989, Harold passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and Doreen moved their summer trailer from the Homestead to Antelope Lake, just north of Gull Lake, where she and Patsy spent the next several summers until finally selling the house and the trailer and moving into South View Manor then to Cypress Lodge and the Integrated Long Term Care.

Doreen was sober, strong and to the point and never one to beat around the bush. She told you how it was or "it is what it is." So many happy memories over the years. She loved to tell stories and recollections of early years, especially living in Govenlock and her Uncle Tim. She was a colorful character; the stories always brought a smile to her face and often a hearty chuckle. She worked hard alongside her husband Harold, whether it was haying on the bench or working cattle and horses around the place. She enjoyed their summer home in the hills. She would tell you it was hard work and tough times, but they were the best years ... they were busy and happy.

Doreen worked at Hutchings and Sharp where her straightforward nature earned her the nickname “cactus” from a customer. She was always kind and appreciated everything and everyone. She loved curling (a favorite pastime), knitting, gardening and cooking; she was a good cook never afraid to try new recipes. She was also a wonderful aunt and her nieces and nephews spent many happy times with her.

Donations in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Anglican Church or the Integrated Long-Term Care Facility.

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