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Elizabeth Christine (Burton) Dougall


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The Dougall family is devastated by the sudden passing of our beloved mother Elizabeth Christine Dougall.

Mom was born on February 13th 1944 at the Port Arthur General Hospital.  Her passing was on October 12th 2019 at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center.  Special Thank you to the ICU staff, for the care that they gave to her.

She was predeceased by her husband Fraser on August 12, 2015, and her parents John and Eileen Burton.  

Mom is survived by sons Hector Dougall and Scott (Richelle) Dougall and by her daughter Kirsten Dougall.  

Mom will also be greatly missed by her Grandchildren, William Dougall, Fraser Dougall, Holden Dougall, Anna Lethtinen, and Sam Lehtinen.  Her brothers Scott (Marlene) Burton and Thom (Charlene)Burton, and her sisters Margie (John) O’Brien and Sue (Mike) Beatty, as well as many nephews and nieces.

Mom attended Fort William Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto.  She also graduated from Lakehead University with a degree in English, which certainly helped her in her role as our father’s speech writer.

Mom married dad (Hector Fraser Dougall JR) on June 3rd, 1963; Dad told us that he fell in love with her one starry summer night on Wabang Beach.  He wrote us all a note upon his passing to remind us how much he loved her.

Mom moved from a strong supporting role for Dad to the front lines when she was asked to take on the General manager role at Guide Printing.  After his death she again was called upon to take on the role of President of Dougall Media where she took on the challenge and led the company through a turbulent period with her trusted friend and leader Don Caron.  

Mom was very active in the community of Thunder Bay and made a list for us so we wouldn’t forget her service:

  • Rotary Youth Exchange Program
  • Volunteer for the Lakehead Mental Health Association 
  • Co-Founder of the Thunder Bay Co-op Nursery School
  • Superintendent of the CGIT St Paul’s United Church
  • Board member of the Victorian Order of Nurses Thunder Bay
  • Board member and President of Magnus Theatre Thunder Bay
  • Fundraiser and Coordinator for the Salvation Army and United Appeal, Thunder Bay
  • Member of the Area Review Committee of the Trillium Foundation of Ontario
  • Past President and board member of the United Way Thunder Bay
  • Member of the Thunder Bay Executives Club
  • One of the founding board members of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Mom was a very outgoing person with many great friends, and loved to be involved with a number of interest groups. The ladies book club, Fay Steadwell’s Pilates and Zumba classes, her bridge clubs in Thunder Bay and Naples Florida,  travel and adventures with the YPO Club and the WPO club, the Amethyst Harbour Ladies Tennis Group, The Port Arthur Golf Club, and the Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples Florida.

Mom loved cooking and entertaining, she was always organizing events and get togethers for family and friends, after each event someone would always ask her for the recipe for the many varied dishes that she would create.  Her laughter (boisterous) and joy at these events will be remembered by all of us who were lucky enough to experience it.

Mom always kept an immaculate home, tended to her gorgeous gardens and spent as much time with her grandchildren as she could.   She loved winters at her home in Naples Florida and couldn’t wait to rejoin her friends there.   Mom would often say to us, “my greatest accomplishment was keeping your father alive for as long as I could.’’ We are all so grateful that she did.

Join us as we celebrate the life of and cherish the memory of our mother, Elizabeth Christine Dougall.  

Visitation will be held at the Everest Funeral Chapel 229 Waverley St. at Algoma on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friends are welcome to pay respects. 

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, at 808 Ridgeway St. E. 

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