We are celebrating the wonderful life of our mother and grandmother, Doreen (Allen) Wilkinson, passing on April 24th at the age of 92. Doreen was born June 18, 1923 and raised in Stratford by parents Priscilla and Robert Allen. She was a member of St. Johns United Church, attended Stratford Central, the Stratford Normal School after which she taught in one-room schoolhouses in St. Marys, Nile (Goderich), Dorking, Sudbury and Walpole Island. She met her husband Gordon (Geoff) Wilkinson (RAF navigations officer) during the war while he was stationed with the RAF (Port Albert) in Goderich. She volunteered at St. Johns United Church, Stratford Area World Aid, and assisted with the Vietnamese boat people. Recently residing at Woodlawn Towers and Spruce Lodge, Doreen was able to charm anyone with her smile, wit, and dry sense of humour. While she had life-long friends, new friends felt her warmth and caring personality, which allowed her to succeed greatly at Welcome Wagon and being a teacher. With her favourite phrase You can always put another potato in the pot and FHB (Family Hold Back), visitors were always warmly welcomed. Doreen is predeceased by her husband, Geoff and her son Dr. Derek Wilkinson. Doreen leaves behind her sons, Trevor, Stephen, Brian, and Ian, and daughters, Wendy Wilkinson Haynes and Shelley (Steven) Wilhelm as well as grandchildren Dr. Dana (Stacy) Wilkinson, Kathryn & Jordan Haynes, and Khristopher & Reesa Wilhelm. She is missed deeply by extended family: Canham (Calgary, AB), Jordan (Australia and UK), Warren (UK), and Chadwick (Kingston, ON). Family would like to acknowledge the care and support of Dr. Grace Langford, staff at Woodlawn Towers Spruce Lodge and the VON Day Program. A private interment service will be held in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, please consider memorial donations to the Stratford Perth Rotary Club Hospice Project in Stratford or the Dr. Derek Wilkinson Memorial Bursary at Laurentian University through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St., Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
Memorial Donations
Stratford Perth Hospice Project
Dr. Derek Wilkinson Memorial Bursary (Laurentian University)

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