Obituary for Maureen Sander (McKellar)
1936 – 2018
Maureen Sander passed away on January 22, 2018. Maureen was born Ann Maureen McKellar on July 1, 1936 in Dawson Creek to Howard and Hilda McKellar. The McKellar family arrived in the Peace in 1921 and had a homestead in what is now downtown Dawson Creek. Maureen attended South Peace and graduated in 1953 at age 16.
After graduating, she work at Northern Freightways and met Tony Sander. They had a short courtship and were married the next year in May. Their first child Wanda was born a year later. Shortly after, Maureen and Tony bought a lot of land and started building their forever house in the north end of town on 96 avenue. Tony worked two jobs to help build and pay off the house, and in 1957 their first son Ben was born. Nine years later they completed their family with of their third child Darren.
Maureen managed the home, kids, and dog - and did it with love and patience. Later on Maureen worked for the City of Dawson Creek and Shoppers Drug Mart, as an accountant and office manager. Growing up, life was always full of family, camping, and the annual lawn dart tournament. Maureen was a matriarch; paying attention, visiting, and ready with a hug in good times and bad.
Retirement was not what Maureen had planned, as Tony passed away a month before her retirement. The hopes and dreams of travel and just relaxing at the lake together were taken away. Though her commitment to the church, community, friends, and family helped mom get through the tough days.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on January 27 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, and interment followed in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made by donation to the Camp Emile Society, with cheques made payable to Notre Dame Catholic Church, 908 104 Ave, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 2H7.