Posted: December 17th, 2022

DOREEN PERSINGER 1934 – 2022 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Doreen Grace Persinger (nee Arnold) on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at the age of 88 years.
She will be forever loved and deeply missed by her devoted husband of 66 years, Jack Persinger; her five daughters, Debbie (Darrell) Campbell of Lethbridge, Tammy (Rob Banville) Persinger of Calgary, Bonnie (Greg) Moulton of Fergus, Ontario, Lois (Sid) Felske of Calgary, and Tracy (Al) McCann of Coaldale; her grandchildren, Ricki (Clint) Archer, Craig (Erin) Campbell, Ethan Campbell, Brett, Blake and Tara Nishikawa, Valerie (Joel) Bernard, Katelyn and Laura Talbot, Cole (Tassia) Felske, Brittney (Nick), Felske and Cody Persinger; her great grandchildren, Julien, Damien and Ireland Archer and Dax Persinger; as well as her twin sister, Eileen Hinecker of Edmonton, her sisters, May Melnychuck of Red Deer and Thelma Brady of Williams Lake, BC and her brother, Clarence Arnold of Leduc.
Doreen was predeceased by her beloved parents, Clayton and Grace Arnold and her brother, Lawrence Arnold, all of Mannville, Alberta.
Doreen and her twin sister, Eileen were born on April 18, 1934 in Mannville Alberta. Doreen was born first, making her the second of six children. They lived on a farm and Mom often talked about the joys of growing up in her happy family – her dad driving the kids to school during the bitterly cold winters using the wagon and horses, helping with farm chores, competing with her twin for top marks in school, her brother Clarence playing tricks on her and her close relationship with her parents and all of her siblings. Mom attended a one room rural school and later graduated from Mannville High School. She completed a secretarial course from the McTavish Business College in Edmonton.
Mom and Dad met while Mom was visiting her cousin in Victoria, BC. They met in August and Dad knew right away that she was a very special woman. They married four months later, on Dec. 29, 1956. They left Victoria shortly afterward as Dad was in the Navy and was posted to Halifax. They lived there for a year and decided to return to Victoria, where they started their family. Debbie and Tammy were born there and shortly after they moved their family to Mannville, where Bonnie, Lois and Tracy were born.
Mom and Dad were partners in life and in business. When they moved to Mannville, they bought the grocery store and worked side by side to run it. Mom was always a busy person, raising 5 young kids and going downstairs to help run the store. After they sold the store, Mom worked as a receptionist/secretary/legal assistant for a lawyer in Mannville for a few years before they moved to Vermilion, where she worked at the Community College. In 1975 they made the move to Lethbridge, where Mom continued to work as a secretary for Alberta Home Mortgage. She also liked to do income taxes for anyone who needed help. After Mom retired from her own career, she went to work alongside Dad again selling condos. They were a great team.
Mom was always an active person. She enjoyed walking, gardening, knitting, reading, scrabble and playing cards with her children, grand children and great grand children. Her most favorite activities of all were making jigsaw puzzles and doing crosswords, both of which she continued to enjoy right up until her passing.
Doreen was a treasured daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mom, grandma and great grandma. She will be loved and missed forever by many. She will live on in our hearts and cherished memories
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