Doreen Jessie Karhut (Nee Hood) passed away very unexpectedly and peacefully on June 8 2015 in Whitehorse Yukon. Doreen was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 2, 1939 to parents, William Kirkwood Hood and Margaret Doreen Hood.
Doreen was the oldest of William’s four children. Margaret Louise Hood who passed away in 2005, Sheila Jean Jensen of Discovery Bay, California and David John Hood of Calgary, Alberta the son of William Hood and his second wife Zoe Hood.
Doreen is the mother of three children, James William Karhut of Yellowknife Northwest Territories, Norman David Karhut of Whitehorse Yukon and Teresa Jean Clements (Karhut) of Whitehorse Yukon. She is the grandmother of three grandchildren. Shantay Elise Karhut of Whitehorse Yukon daughter of Teresa Clements, Stephanie Leeanne Karhut of Yellowknife Northwest Territories daughter of James Karhut, and Cort Cardinal who just recently passed away in May of 2015 son of Norman Karhut.
Doreen, Stan and family traveled north to Whitehorse for the first time in the late sixties for a family visit with Hank and Pam Karr, then a few years later decided to relocate to Whitehorse but with a couple of moves back to Vancouver Doreen made Whitehorse her permanent home in 1972.
After working at different Hotel’s as a front desk clerk and also worked as the dispatcher for Black Top Cabs, she was hired on with CN Communications in 1973 as a Toll Operator then moved up to Chief Operator and then Manager of Operator Services for number of years. Then had a few other positions and then retired with Northwestel Inc. in 1999.
After retirement Doreen loved to travel with her granddaughter Shantay and took many trips down south on Greyhound as she felt she had nothing but time and they could do the driving as she looked out the window at the picturesque scenery.
Doreen spent the last year and a bit living at Copper Ridge with Dementia. She loved and couldn’t wait to go out on different outings with in Whitehorse, but if you asked her, she went to Vancouver. We would like to thank all the staff at Copper Ridge for making her comfortable and especially Nancy (for all those trips to Vancouver).
Our mother, grandmother and friend will be so sadly missed. If Dor was your friend you were a friend for life, even if she did give you that look. So raise your glass for a toast to Dor.
Doreen did not wish to have a service, a family viewing was held on June 12, 2015 and a poem reading on June 17, 2015 at the Whitehorse Crematorium.
There will be a memorial held next year in White Rock, British Columbia on her birthday August 2, 2016.
The family would like to thank everyone so very much for the well wishes and condolences.