Doreen Bertha Gillies

March 29, 1937October 6, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Doreen Bertha Gillies in the early morning hours of October 6, 2021.

Doreen Exelby was the youngest of 10 children to Harold and Nora Exelby of Craik, SK. Doreen was born 2 minutes past 12:00 a.m. on March 29, 1937 and her twin sister, Dorothy, being two minutes before 12:00 a.m., made her birthday March 28, 1937.

Doreen married George Gillies on her 21st birthday, March 29, 1958. They lived on their farm at Tyvan, SK for the next 30 years, where they raised their five children. After years of farm life at Tyvan, George and Doreen “semi-retired” to Weyburn, SK where they lived for another 25 years. Moving to Regina, SK 7 years ago, George and Doreen were together until George’s death in December 2018. Doreen continued to live at Victoria Park playing bingo, playing cards and completing crossword puzzles, all while socializing with other residents.

Doreen was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Nora Exelby; her husband of 60 years, George Gillies and 8 of her 9 siblings.

Leaving to cherish her memory are her five children: Georgina (Luc) Hollebeke of Red Deer, AB, Geoffrey (Tamara) Gillies of Tyvan, SK, Carolynn (Hans) Westbroek of Cairo, Egypt, Catherine Hoffart of Calgary, AB and Michael Gillies of Regina, SK. She was so proud of her 7 grandchildren: Danielle (Jeff) Schultz of Spruce Grove, AB, Derek (Kav) Hollebeke of Calgary, AB, Devon Hollebeke of Sylvan Lake, AB, Genevieve (Michael) Derban of Calgary, AB, Tristan Westbroek of Calgary, AB, Avery Gillies of Regina, SK and Ayla Gillies of Regina, SK and so very proud of 3 great grandchildren: Larissa Schultz of Spruce Grove, AB, Nicholas Schultz of Spruce Grove, AB and Lana Hollebeke of Calgary, AB.

At the request of Doreen and her family, A Celebration of her life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, in memory of Doreen, donations may be sent to SOFIA HOUSE at PO Box 37125, Regina, SK, S4S 7K4 or (“Providing second-stage term housing for women & children fleeing domestic violence.”)

The family wish to acknowledge the care and love that Mom received while she was a resident at Victoria Park.


  • At the request of Doreen and her family a Celebration of her Life will take place at a later date.


Doreen Bertha Gillies

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Gerry & Shirley Wheeler

October 16, 2021

Our deepest Sympathy in the passing of Doreen.
Doreen and George were our neighbors on Staveley Cres in Weyburn for a number of years.
Enjoyed many visits with them.
RIP Doreen .

Brenda Skiba

October 15, 2021

Deepest condolences to Doreen’s family on her passing!

george& Adeline seitz

October 13, 2021

OurCondolences to the Gillies family . From the Seitz Family

Janie and Lloyd Muma

October 12, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Doreen's passing. We enjoyed seeing Doreen and George at Masonic events and at the Senior Centre. We missed them when they left Weyburn.