Dora Muriel Rennie May 1922 - June 09, 2021

Muriel was born in Saanich and grew up in the home her father built on Quadra street where she often accompanied her dad, Jim Pendray, to hunt pheasant near her grandparents farm in the Swan Lake area. It is likely Muriel's love of gardening came from her father.

Our mother married the love of her life, a Victoria firefighter, Robert James Smirl (Bob). Together they raised five children, Bob,(Lyn), Judy,(Ken), Adele,(Poul), David (Joan) and Arlene (Ron). Our dad passed away in 1972, at age fifty-seven.

Muriel was a member of the Christian Science Church where, a few years later, she met and married Jack Rennie. Mom and Jack tied the knot in England, then set out to tour many of the sites where Jack had fought during World War II. Mom and Jack travelled extensively. Maui was a favourite spot for the Christmas season and they would set out on many a cruise in the spring.

Muriel was a generous, loving grandmother of twelve and a great grandmother of eighteen. She lived a long and happy life and was loved by all.


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Dora Muriel Rennie May 1922 - June 09, 2021

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Arlene Ewert

July 31, 2021

I Love You, Mum!
D. Muriel Rennie (Smirl, Pendray)
1922- 2021

Longtime season ticket holder for Victoria Symphony & Pacific Opera, avid gardener, lover of family times, travelling, winter on Maui, flower arranging, art, music, nature, being outdoors - rain or shine, swimming, Canadian history, badminton (seated badminton with racquet & balloon in later years), reading, attending church, playing crib, socializing with friends & family, dinner parties, sewing, knitting, and filling a room with laughter.
Mum - a dedicated homemaker, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, and friend.

Love you always and Forever!

Arlene and Ron

Louis Vulliez

June 27, 2021

After university graduation in 1957, my first employment was in Victoria, BC where I got to meet this wonderful, beautiful lady who became like a second mother to me. It was through her son Bob, an outstanding teenager in my leadership program, I got to know and admire her. She exuded generous warmth and care for all her wonderful children and for some reason included me amongst her brood. Watching TV in the living room, then Sunday suppers after, became a truly enjoyable routine, especially amongst such a loving family. At 86 currently, I also cherish the friendship I have maintained with the Moosegetter.

Bill Gower

June 14, 2021

My first and only second Mum. She loved life and cared deeply for her family and her children's friends? Fondly remembered for many reasons. Her laughter and compassion, especially when one young man had a live crab dangling from his thumb. A loss for all, but a life that had much meaning to a lot of people.

Colin Rennie

June 11, 2021

Now resting peacefully at 99.

My grandmother.

I got to know her a little growing up, but very little.
I moved west and got to know her a little more, but not in a close sense.

Then I after I moved in with her for a couple of months at a time while going to school for my apprenticeship we forged a bond like I never could have imagined. We had a lot of laughs together. I was her "James", her butler. I spoiled her as much as I could, baking her treats, preparing meals, and hanging out with her.
I loved her like I never imagined I would, and I'll miss her. She was a wonderful woman. We had some great visits in the 14 or so years since that bond was first forged, and it now seems like much longer. I am very lucky to have gotten to know her in the way that I did.