Obituary of Dolly McCrea
Dolly Alice Marie McCrea of Camrose Alberta passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the age of 88 years.
Dolly Alice Marie Orr was born to George and Queenie Orr on October 16, 1929 and was the eldest of ten children. Dolly attended school in Rosalind until Grade 9. Dolly met then married Bob McCrea on October 17, 1948. They spent their early years on the family farm before moving to Camrose in 1962. Mom kept close to her roots in helping family and friends on the farm with whatever needed to be done, made bread every Wednesday, and dozens of cinnamon buns. Mom and Dad allowed many “strays” into their home when others needed a place to stay. Dolly worked for many years at Baum’s Sewing Center and Nelson’s Jewelry. Then Mom and Dad “retired” to Double Dam Golf course.
Mom enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting; and all the grandchildren have something created by Grammy. These grandchildren were fortunate enough to feel the power when she either threw or hit baseballs to them. Mom was a long time member of the Rosalind Royal Purple. She later enjoyed travelling and was to San Diego many times. Mom had a strong love of music which was evident when Bob was in the band, extended to booking the talent during her stay in Heritage Manor and as she mouthed the words of favorite songs when she could no longer sing. Mom will be remembered for her strength, commitment and humor even as her health deteriorated.
Survived by her children Donna (Barry) Bowie, Terry (Anne-Marie Harrison), Tom (Julie), Ron (Shelly), and Randy (Donna Klutz); eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; siblings Marion Hoflin, Sylvia Turner, Bonnie (Ron) Kercher, Tom (Sharon) Orr, and Marlene (Tim) Shopland; and sister-in-law Florence Boden.
Dolly was predeceased by her husband Robert; brothers Merril Orr and Gordon Orr; sisters Elsie Schweer and infant sister Leona May.
A Funeral Service was held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2018, from the Burgar Memorial Chapel with Rev. Mary Ann Pastuck officiating.
If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions are gratefully accepted to the S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance or to the Hospice Society of Camrose and District.