Daisy Catherine Watchorn (nee Criddle)
1920 ~ 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce Daisy Catherine Watchorn, aged 101 passed peacefully the evening of Tuesday March 1, 2022 at Tabor Home in Morden, Manitoba.
Daisy was born to Charles and Grace (Buchanan) Criddle on April 28, 1920 in Miami, Manitoba and had one younger brother, James. She went to school in Miami and helped her Mom and Dad on the farm. As a young adult she helped many neighbour ladies with their daily chores and children. This is how she met Norman Watchorn. They married on June 25, 1945 on the family farm in Deerwood. Norman and Daisy bought the farm from Norman's dad and farmed raising three children: Wendy Follett, James Watchorn and Joyce Dawson. In 1966 they moved to Blight Street in Miami. Mom started working at the Rosebank Co-op store and then part time at the Solo store in Miami for Jack and Florence Moorey and later Dennis Boulton. She met many local children as they came for candy, forming a close bond with them. Mom was a CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training) leader and played recorded music for the Miami Figure Skating Club practices and performances.
In 1974 Dad and Mom moved to Norton Avenue in Miami. Mom loved her four grandchildren and provided special grandma care while Wendy and Joyce worked. The girls have many precious memories of camping, building snow forts, baking, tea parties, going to quilting parties, gardening and planting flowers, cards, crokinole and other board games. Mom and Dad retired in 1986 and enjoyed camping, fishing, snowmobile riding, travelling, cards and board games. Mom was an active member of the Miami United Church, Miami UCW and sang in the Miami Church Choir. She was also the treasurer of the Miami Park Board and spent many hours welcoming and visiting campers across the street from where they lived. Mom was also an avid quilter and enjoyed embroidery making sure we all had keepsakes of her work. Mom and Dad moved to Miami Leisure Apartments in 2003 and made many new friends. In 2014 they moved to Homestead South in Morden where they made yet more friendships with fellow residents and many of the employees. Mom and Dad were fortunate to celebrate their 50th, 60th, 65th and 70th wedding anniversaries with friends and family. They were married for 71 years. In November 2021 Mom moved to Tabor Home in Morden. Daisy was a strong, inquisitive, and loving woman, mother and grandmother. She lived a full life, had a great memory, and was always interested in her family and community. She loved unconditionally and everyone got a big hug. Mom was always there to lend a hand, share some wisdom, and was always grateful to be included in her family's lives by regular phone calls and visits. We all knew how much she loved us, and she often reminded us of everything we have to be grateful for. She even got to meet her newest born great-grandchild and cuddle him in her bed a few weeks before she passed. She saw many events in her life — war, poverty, epidemics, droughts, floods and many inventions, all of which made her wiser, kinder, empathetic and loving. She always stressed the need for love and compassion in her family and world.
Daisy was predeceased by her parents and brother, husband, Norman, daughter, Wendy Follett and son-in-law, Reg Follett. She leaves to cherish her memory son, James and his wife, Dagmar Watchorn, daughter, Joyce and her husband, Allan Dawson and grandchildren, Lisa (Danny) Dyck, Jill (Joel) Lautenschlager, Stacey Dawson (Ryan) Young and great-grandchildren, Seth and Zachary Dyck, Kasyn and Adalyn Lautenschlager, and Errington, Fletcher and Krofton Young and many nieces and nephews and their families.
We thank the many doctors, nurses and home care workers and staff at Homestead South and Tabor Home who so lovingly took special care of Mom over the past few years. Thanks to her many close friends and relatives who continued to visit or phone her, and for the kind messages her family has received at this time. Thanks also to Wiebe Funeral Home for their care and support.
A private family service will be held at a later date with interment at Miami Cemetery. Donations may be made in Mom's memory to Community Cancer Care through the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation.
Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden