OBITUARY: Elizabeth Allyce (née Doherty) DAWSON

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Elizabeth Allyce (née Doherty) DAWSON

Elizabeth Allyce Dawson (Doherty) slipped away peacefully on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at home, in her 95th year, with her family by her side.
The eldest daughter of 13 children, she was born to Allyce Wilson Doherty and William Doherty on June 22, 1925 in Quebec City.
Elizabeth was many things to many people. She was a sister, a wife, a mother of three, a bookkeeper, a homemaker extraordinaire, a wicked bridge player and an all-around smart cookie. Her driving and bowling skills were a little less desirable and the source of much friendly ribbing over the years.
At the age of 16, during the Second World War, Elizabeth worked at the CARDE munitions factory. She hated the job, because it scared her, but true to form, she did it to the best of her ability and showed that she was made of tougher stuff than anyone imagined.
At the tender age of 17 she met Jimmy (James Dawson), the love of her life, and four years later they eloped and began their lifelong adventure together.
Growing up with modest means, Elizabeth learned how to turn a dime into a dollar, and her astute money management skills served her well as a bookkeeper for Henry Birks and Sons on Côte de la Fabrique in Quebec City for 25 years.
Elizabeth’s perfection was in her simplicity, her solid work ethic, her love and support of her family and her unabashed pride in all her progeny. She loved to laugh, and she did so easily and often. She was always well dressed, a real lady of style, and nothing pleased her more than a great deal or a sale.
After her retirement and the passing of her beloved Jimmy, she relocated to Montreal to be closer to family. She rekindled close relationships with her brothers and sisters and became very active in volunteering with the Lakeshore General Hospital, Meals on Wheels and the UCW. She was also a big fan of her regular Happy Hours and spicy Bloody Caesars with her favourite sisters.
Elizabeth is survived by her son Robert (Melanie) and daughters Judy (David) and Susan (Jack); her two granddaughters and namesakes Wendy Elizabeth and Amanda Elizabeth and her four grandsons Peter, Luke, Scott and Michael; her great-grandchildren Alex, Gabrielle, Kade, James, Finley, Makayla, Alice, Sophie and Anita; and great-great-granddaughter Willow.
Elizabeth was predeceased by brothers William (Billy), Richard, Philip, David and Michael. She leaves behind her twin sister Margaret, sisters MaryLou, Anne and Carylle; her brothers Brian (Mable), Kevin (Patti) and Stephen (Sherril); and many nieces and nephews.
We were not ready for her to leave us; there were more stories to hear, more occasions to celebrate, a COVID-less life that would have allowed us to visit again, to hug again. Elizabeth would not have wanted anybody to be saddened by her passing; she would have wanted a celebration and that is just what we will do. There will be a celebration of life held in Valcartier Village once restrictions for COVID-19 are lifted.
In lieu of flowers, Elizabeth would want you to do something nice for somebody, unexpectedly and without explanation. She did that all the time.

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living – my Mommy you’ll be.” ~ Robert Munsch