It is with profound sadness the family of Meta Mildred Doherty announces her passing on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the age of 92. She is lovingly remembered by her children, Helen Riggs (John), Russ Doherty (Reta), Judy Dow (Cam), Debbie Pultz (Greg), and Rob Doherty (Pam). Meta will be forever remembered by her grandchildren Lisa Smilek (David), Sean Riggs, Curtis Dow, Tyler Dow, Matthew Penny, Connor Doherty (Ella), Andi Dow (Christian), Britt Norris (Kyle), Megan Pultz, Austin Pultz, Katie Doherty and Brendan Doherty; her great grandchildren Chloe, Caleb, Noah and Lydia Smilek, and Wrigley Riggs. Meta will also be fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Alice Stevens, numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.
Meta was predeceased by her husband Jack Doherty, her mother Helen Stevens, her father William Stevens, her sister Irene Stevens, her four brothers Leslie (Jewel), Allan (Emily), Lorne, and Richard (Sylvia) Stevens, and her nephew Dale Stevens.
Meta was born in Milden, SK on October 14, 1926. She came into the world almost 2 months prematurely and, after a rocky start, became the feisty, full of life woman that she was for the rest of her life. Following the death of her mother, when she was only 3 years old, Meta was raised by her father on the family farm near Harris, SK. Along with hard work, her childhood was filled with sports - hockey and curling on the family rink in the winter, and baseball and track and field in the summer. There’s no doubt that she was a fierce competitor! In her teenage years Meta joined Irene and Lorne in a band, and they played every weekend at dances around the countryside. This was a happy time with many fond memories.
On July 10, 1950, Meta married Jack and moved to Saskatoon. They raised 5 children, mostly at their home in Montgomery Place. Meta was known for her gardening skills and she was proud of her huge garden filled with amazing fruits, vegetables and flowers. She would spend most of her summer days making jam and pickles, freezing berries and vegetables, and canning tomatoes and fruit. She loved to get in her garden and rototill!
Meta’s last 7 years were spent at Samaritan Place where she made many friends. Her outgoing personality and witty remarks made her a popular tablemate! Thank you to the many friends and family members who regularly visited Meta. She so loved those visits. Thank you to the staff and caregivers at Samaritan Place who treated her with kindness and compassion, and to Alice Stacey for being a kind friend and companion. A very special thank you to Trish Menke who was not only a wonderful caregiver, but a tremendous friend.
Thank you Mom for giving us 92+ years of your unique outlook on life, your snappy comments and comebacks, and your never-ending love. We love you and will miss you forever. In Lieu of flowers donations are welcome to the Saskatoon SPCA and/or the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Meta’s favourite colour was red and if you wish wear something red in her honour, she would love it!
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