Reister, Dorothy Evelyn Verrier

Dorothy Evelyn Verrier was born on April 24, 1929 to William and Elizabeth Verrier in the Coronation Hospital.  The second of two children, she grew up on the family homestead north of Brownfield and attended Fairfield School.  Growing up, she loved to follow her father around the farm and help him in any way she could which fostered her independent spirit and love for the land. She fell in love with Walter Reister from Alliance and was married in Fairfield Baptist Church on July 8, 1959.  Together they started farming just north of Alliance.  
Three children were born to this union, Melvin, Keith and Eileen.  Then on November 13, 1962 Walter tragically passed away at 27 years of age leaving Dorothy to raise their three children.  She tackled this as she approached her entire life, with her strong belief in God, her independent spirit and her keen sense of humour.  After moving to Coronation in 1968, she started working at the Coronation Post Office where she was promoted to Post Master in 1982, a position she held until she retired in 1995.  She loved her job, and the people she served, taking a great pride in making sure the mail got out on time, her customers were always served with a smile, and the post office ran efficiently.  

On January 5, 1996, tragedy again struck her life when her second child, Keith passed away suddenly, but again her strong belief in God got her through this hard time.   Dorothy passed away on August 8, 2011 in Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital in Castor at the age of 82. She is lovingly remembered by her children;   Melvin Reister and his wife Jo-Ann;  Eileen Taylor and her husband Wes; her daughter-in-law,  Lois Ward;  her five grandchildren,  Amy Reister, Greg Reister, Chantel Nichols and husband Nathan, Matthew Taylor, and Ashley Taylor, her sister, Mary Black and many nieces, nephews and friends.  
She is predeceased by her husband Walter and son Keith.  She will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of humour, her strong, independent spirit, and her love for her family and friends.  The funeral service for Dorothy Evelyn Reister was conducted on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 1 p.m. in the Evangelical Free Church, Coronation, AB with Nathan Nichols officiating.
Barbie and Margaret Evans played for the congregational hymns “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” and “It’s Just Like His Great Love”.   Dorothy’s granddaughter Ashley Taylor gave the eulogy and shared fond memories of her grandma. Special Music was “Mansion Over The Hilltop” by Allan and Claud Zinger.  Active pallbearers were Wayne Black, Bruce Adair, Robert Sprague, Lyle Schaitel, Calvin Wadstein and Norm Black. Lunch was served in the Lower Hall of the Church which was prepared by the Evangelical Free Church Ladies. Following the lunch the interment was held at the Alliance Cemetery, Alliance, AB.
Memorial donations may be given to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200-325 Manning Rd. NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 9Z9. You may send your condolences by email to Heather Caseley of Coronation Funeral Home entrusted with the funeral arrangements. 1-888-578-2928. “Knowledge, Experience And Professionalism With A Personal Touch”

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