July 6, 1919 – October 11, 2013
MACPHEE, Dora Phyllis (nee Arney), born in Prince Rupert, BC, July 6, 1919, passed away peacefully in Prince Rupert on October 11, 2013, after a short illness.
Daughter of Henry Arney and
Eliza Slaughter, Dora was predeceased by her
husband Angus Macphee, sister Betty
Pedersen and brother Donald Arney. She is
survived by four children:
Ennis (Bill) Greene and David
(Janice) Macphee of Prince Rupert, Margaret (Ross) Handel of Burnaby, and Norman Macphee
of Victoria. She also leaves behind her
grandchildren: Michael Greene, Erin Trask, Leanne and Scott Macphee, James and Stephen Handel and Ian Macphee, along with great-
grandchildren, Seamus and Lucy Greene, younger brother Ted Arney, and many nieces and nephews.
Dora enjoyed growing up near the waterfront with childhood adventures across the harbour and Salt Lakes and memorable trips to the Queen Charlotte and
Porcher Islands. Dora worked for G.W. Nickerson, War Assets and as a bookkeeper from home, later becoming a full-time mother and always providing love and care for her children and grandchildren. She obtained her driver’s licence and first car when she was in her mid-fifties and volunteered her driving services to fellow seniors. She was active in the Prince Rupert Seniors’ Centre and enjoyed the warm companionship she received there on her daily visits. Her bridge and whist skills resulted in her
competing around the province in many BC Seniors Games. It was with great
pleasure that in her later years she was able to meet Jane (Arney) Osborn of Kent and reconnect with relatives that her young father had left behind in England. She maintained a keen memory until the end and loved to recount stories about
people and events of her hometown. She had been an avid bowler and became a
faithful watcher of the tennis open tournaments. She freely donated her kindness and shunned the spotlight. Dora’s accepting and generous spirit will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Thanks to the staff and residents of the Summit Residences and Acropolis Manor where she lived in her final years – and to Dr. Tse and all the supportive staff at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital who made her final days so peaceful.
If you wish, donations in Dora’s name can be made to the Prince Rupert Seniors’
At mom’s request, no memorial service is planned.