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Dorothy Elizabeth Mary (Staples) Rae

March 21, 1931 ~ June 12, 2020 (age 89)


With sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Dorothy Rae, with family by her side, on June 12, 2020 at the age of 89 years at Douglas Campbell Lodge.

Dorothy will be lovingly remembered by her children Carolyn, Bill, Betty (Ron) Weir, and Diane (Derek) Coull, grandchildren Heather Rae (Clint Dietrich; great grandson Declan) Dara Gagnon (Jared Halajeski ;great grandson  Alex Joel), Autumn Rae, Liahm Rae, Jared Weir (Sara), Anna Hussey (Dan; great grandson Henry & great granddaughter Violet), Brandon Weir (Arial), Krista Austin (Mark; great grandson Calum),grandson Brad Denbow (Jessica) and grandson Joey McNabb, brother Roy Staples (Loret), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Dorothy was predeceased by her beloved husband Jack, parents Levi & Anna Staples, sister Rita Priestley, brothers Harold Staples and George Staples and sisters-in law Evelyn (Keith) Armishaw and Myrtle (Jack) Thomson.

Dorothy Elizabeth Mary Staples was born on March 21, 1931 in Winnipeg, MB. She worked for a short while before marrying the love of her life, Jack Rae on November 8, 1958. Together they raised their four kids on the Rae family farm. After the kids were grown, she returned to the work force and then began volunteering.

Dorothy was very independent and selfless, and was a gentle soul who rarely had a bad word to say about anyone. Her outlook on life was always “At least we have our health and there are always people who are worse off than us.” She enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with all the grandkids. She like gardening, bingo, baking and spent many hours volunteering at the DCL. She was especially known for her famous fudge!!!

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the staff of the Douglas Campbell Lodge for the wonderful care Mom received while living there.

Visitation and viewing will be held at McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel on Friday, June 26, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a private family service to follow. Private interment will take place at Hillside Memorial Park.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to Douglas Campbell Lodge Foundation, c/o Portage District General Hospital, 150-9th St.SE, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 3T6, or to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 2 – 218 Saskatchewan Ave. E. Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 0K9.

A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel.

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Viewing and Visitation
June 26, 2020

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel
56 Royal Road South
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 1T6


Douglas Campbell Lodge Foundation, c/o Portage District General Hospital
150 9th St. SE, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3T6,

Alzheimer Society of Manitoba
40 Royal Road North, Portage la Prairie MB R1N 1V1

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