Obituary of Doreen Winnifred Beer
Doreen Winnifred Beer
April 10, 1933 – January 28, 2022
Doreen Winnifred Beer (nee Chamberlain) passed away peacefully at the Herb Bassett Home in Prince Albert, SK on January 28th, 2022 at the age of 88.
Doreen was born on April 10, 1933 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She married a military man, Frank Keesh in 1954 and had four children.
While she spent many years as a secretary for military churches, when asked what she did, Doreen would say that she “was a mom”, first and foremost. Doreen loved her children and took great pleasure in turning ordinary life into celebratory events, like picnics on the lawn during sunny days, elaborately planned games and treats at birthday parties and over-stuffed Christmas stockings. Doreen loved to go on family vacations and camping trips every year, and enjoyed snowmobiling and bowling.
In 1993, Doreen married Jim Beer and together they enjoyed their retirement years boating, snowmobiling and spending their time at their cabin at Candle Lake, SK. In 2000, they bought a home in Prince Albert, SK. She enjoyed spending winters in Arizona and especially loved dancing to live bands playing at the dance hall. Doreen enjoyed life’s simple pleasures, such as listening to Frankie Laine’s music, eating Black Forest Cake, going to yard sales with Jim, and spending time with her dog, Sandy. Doreen always had a dog in her life and treated each one like a child of hers. Once a mom, always a mom.
Doreen was predeceased by her parents Jack and Amy Chamberlain; step-brother, Stan;
step-sister, Gladys; son, Gerald.
Doreen is survived by her husband James Beer of Prince Albert, SK; her children, Ron (Lori) Keesh of Portland, OR, Ray Keesh (Maria Frumen) of Saskatoon, SK, Carolyn Keesh (Mark Murphy) of Toronto, ON, granddaughter Nikki (Baljit) and great granddaughter Veda Thandi of Squamish, BC; step children Ken & Sherry Beer and family of Prince Albert, SK; Karen Vandale (Ken Anderson) and family of Trail, BC.
In keeping with Doreen’s wishes a private family memorial will be held.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gray's Funeral Chapel, (306) 922-4729.)