In Loving Memory of
Fay Lenora McDougall
May 11, 1935 – August 28, 2022
Friday, September 16, 2022
Valley View Funeral Home
14644 – 72nd Avenue
Surrey, BC V3S 2E7
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Fay Lenora James was born May 11th, 1935 in Indian Head, Saskatchewan to William and Lillian James. She was raised in Ft. Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan on the family farm that her grandfather homesteaded in 1911. At the age of 17, she moved to Regina to attend Business College and studied to become a Clerk Stenographer. It was at this time she committed her life to God which was something she stayed true to all the days of her life.
In Regina she boarded at “Auntie Katie McDougall’s” where she met the love of her life, Don McDougall. They married in Ft. Qu’Appelle on June 7, 1958 and she moved to Smithers, BC where Don had a home ready for his new wife. Their daughter Glenda was born in 1960 and in 1961 they moved to Prince George. Four years later, in 1965, Gerald was born and they enjoyed many years in Prince George. They had an open home for friends and family to enjoy their wonderful hospitality and especially Fay’s cooking and baking; her legendary bread and apple pies were loved by many. Fay was never an idle woman, she was always busy baking, working on needle work, sewing, or learning a new craft.
In 1988, after learning they were going to be grandparents, Fay made it clear it was time to move to White Rock because she wanted to be close to her grandchildren. So move they did, and by November they had a new home in South Surrey.
They spent the next years creating new friendships and continued to enjoy old friendships. The highlight of Fay’s day was spending time with her grandchildren. After Don retired in 1990 they took many RV trips to Yuma with Don & Edith-Ann and Merv & Phyllis. They would spend time in Palm Springs with Harold & Eileen, and took their family on cruises and trips to Mexico, California and Hawaii. When they weren’t traveling, they were either visiting friends or Fay was happily preparing a wonderful meal – usually pie for dessert.
After Don passed away in January 2018, Fay stayed in their condo in White Rock until April 2022, when she made the big decision to move to the Oceana Parc Retirement Home just down the road. It didn’t take many weeks before she made some wonderful friends that she enjoyed visiting and having meals with.
Just before moving to the Parc, she would complain of a sore hip and on July 30th she was diagnosed with untreatable cancer. She would spend the last few days of her life at Melville Hospice in White Rock where the nurses were so kind and caring.
Fay is predeceased by Don, her loving husband of 59 years, her brother Glenn James, and sister Mavis Elliot. She is survived by her children Glenda (Gary), and Gerald (Kim), grandchildren Laura (Dallas), Brielle, Carly (Jordan), Brogan and Aiden, and great grandchildren Zane, Tenley and June and many family & friends.
The staﬀ at Peace Arch Hospital and the Melville Hospice Home were so kind and considerate. It is with much heartfelt appreciation we say a huge Thank You for their wonderful care.