Helen Dorcas Mandin (nee MacBeth)

Passed away peacefully in the early hours of Friday, Aug. 19 at the Trillium Lodge Hospice. Dorcas was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan as part of the Greatest Generation. After the Second World War, she married a returned soldier, Joseph Mandin (who predeceased her in 1999). When Joe wanted to reenlist in the army at the outbreak of the Korean War, she persuaded him to instead join the air force and so began her life as a military wife, moving the family through many postings from coast to coast. On retirement, they settled in Qualicum Beach to enjoy the island climate and lifestyle. Dorcas was an ardent bibliophile with a keen interest in historical fiction. After leaving the workforce, she enjoyed her garden and her crafts of sewing, knitting and crocheting. Her talented work with fabric and yarn was generously shared with family and friends. She was also known to enjoy a cold beer on the patio, especially in the company of her sister Vera. Dorcas enjoyed socializing through the Legion and, later in life, with the Parksville Golden Oldies Social Association. The friendships she formed were often deep and offered her comfort in her later years. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, her devotion to family, and her receptivity to life’s wonder and joy. Dorcas is survived by her sons Daniel, Patrick and Michael, their partners Beth, Gail and Marissa and her grandchildren Becky, Gareth, Curtis, Ethan, Jay, Tracey and Kim. Heartfelt thanks go to Dr. Sulz, Dr. Baillie, her Home Care nurses, the palliative care staff at Trillium Lodge Hospice, and Joe MacDougall. Special thanks go to close friend Marjorie Rose. Thanks also to Beverly Walkey at Qualicum Beach Funeral Centre. Arrangements for a celebration of her life will be announced.


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