Tubman Funeral Home

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Doreen Julia Armstrong

April 14, 1948July 6, 2020

Doreen Julia Armstrong (Barsi) passed away peacefully on July 6, 2020 at the age of 72. There will be a private burial and Celebration of Life at a later date due to Covid.

She will be greatly missed by her husband James and her 5 children. Kevin Armstrong, Joanne Munro (Kevin) Kayla and Parker, Jodie Wyporowich (Monty) Mia and Alex, Dianne Needham Josh, Owen and Blake, Krista Stevens (Wade) Paxton and Everleigh. She is also survived by her brother Arnold Barsi (Jean), niece Torey McLean(Jason) , sister Elsie Bond and nephew Corey Bond(Tara), brother in law David Armstrong, nephews Jason Armstrong (Leanne), Chris Armstrong and Brad Armstrong and 6 great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Helen, sister Edith (Armstrong), brother in law Gordie Bond and nephew Wayne Barsi.

Doreen was born in Whitewood on April 14, 1948 to Frank and Helen Barsi. Jim and Doreen were married on August 30, 1969. They settled in Kennedy and welcomed a son (1974) followed by twin daughters (1978), another daughter (1982) and yet another daughter in (1984)! Doreen stayed home to raise her family. She gained a special spot in numerous families’ lives while she provided childcare for them. She was known as Grandma Doreen to many children through the years. She never lost her sense of wonder which is probably why she was able to connect with kids so well. Mom had a love of baking and cooking and she has the recipe collection to prove it! Many memories of her involve baking and we all had our favourites. There were always buns, cakes and cookies when we were growing up. Somehow each daughter has learned a family favourite to pass down. Mom loved music and would collect 8 tracks, records and cassettes. Thankfully her son loves music too and was able to help her track down her hard to find songs. He also introduced her to You Tube where she would spend hours listening to any song she wanted. Doreen re-entered the workforce at Moose Mountain Provincial Park in Maintenance until her retirement in 2016. There she was able to make more connections with people and students that she met. Many of those relationships continue to this day. There she found more “kids” to enjoy with the university students. As much as she was ready for her retirement she had a hard time knowing she wouldn’t get to see some again or meet new ones. We heard many names over the years and she kept up with many on Facebook. One student (and his mom Liane) had a special place in her heart. Riley Kenler and Mom had a special connection and his calls and visits always made her day. She was one of the most sincere people we knew and could talk to anyone. She was truly curious and interested in all they had to say. People like this are rare in the world and we are lucky to have known one. Mom was friends with an eclectic group of ladies with a wide range of personalities. They would meet for lunch, celebrate holidays and they provided support and friendship to Mom over the years. Mom was a quiet gentle soul. She really noticed people and rarely found a flaw in anyone. Mom was witty and many appreciated her humour and could be found laughing in her presence. She truly took the time to notice and appreciate her surroundings. She loved being outside with her flowers and her garden; or to sit in her chair and just be. Mom often went without so we never had to. As we became parents we had a new found appreciation of our upbringing. She accepted her grandchildren unconditionally with all their unique personalities. As each grandchild arrived she accepted and created a unique bond with each one. She made each one feel special. As parents when we were frustrated, she would reassure us by saying she had never met a perfect child. Their memories of Grandma highlight that it’s the little things in life that matter most. Grandma and Grandpa were always willing to help and we are grateful they played such a huge part in our children’s lives. We already miss your voice and your presence. You fought hard and we’re glad you’re at peace. We hope Auntie Edith was waiting for you because we know how much you missed her. We know you started your guardian angel role as soon as you left and know you will be watching over us all. Until we meet again… we love you.


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Charlie Cummins

July 15, 2020

So sorry about your loss jim and family Doreen was a great cousin from Charlie and faye cummins

Elaine Balan

July 13, 2020

Our deepest condolences. Doreen was so much fun at our Dodge Staff Parties. A great sense of humour, a lovely lady.
I know she’ll forever be in your hearts

Marion & Gerry Czapp

July 12, 2020

Sincere Sympathy Jim and to all the Family, she will be missed. Memories of Doreen from my Kennedy days.

Jim & Deb Warner

July 12, 2020

Condolences to the family, so sorry for your loss

Darryl and Kim Balog

July 12, 2020

Beautiful tribute to Doreen. Our sincere sympathy and condolences to Jim and the entire family.

Diane Dartige

July 12, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss,Jim and Family. Thinking of you in your sorrow.

Edgar Barsi

July 12, 2020

Our condolences goes out to the family. Edgar and Sandra Barsi.

Colleen Currie

July 12, 2020

My sympathies to Jim and family. Doreen was a very special lady and will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure to have met her. Cherish your memories❤️So sorry for your loss

lois Bourhis

July 11, 2020

My deepest sympathy to all, Doreen will be missed by many

Brenda Bourhis

July 11, 2020

Doreen was a beautiful soul, she was very kind and caring. My children all have very fond memories of her. My sincere sympathy to all her family, she will be greatly missed. She was already an angel before she left this world.