Relda "Doreen" Short

July 23, 1935 ~ February 16, 2021 (age 85)



Relda Doreen Short (Walker) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at RUH in Saskatoon at the age of 85, the institute of her initial nursing employment.  Born on July 23, 1935 oldest of three children to Roy and Doris Walker.  Doreen grew up on a farm near Senlac, Saskatchewan where she took her schooling and developed her love for all sports.  She graduated in 1953 and entered St. Paul’s School of Nursing on September 2, 1953  graduating May of 1956 as a Registered Nurse.  She started her career at the University Hospital in Pediatrics. In May of 1957 she travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia and nursed at Victoria General Hospital from June – December, then returned to Saskatoon’s University Hospital. Doreen met Alan Short at an Easter Sunday Sunrise service at St. Thomas Wesley on April 1, 1956 and the April Fools laughs continued their whole relationship.  A dear friendship that led to marriage on July 11, 1959, a love that lasted for over 61 years with everlasting memories.  They moved to the family farm in the R.M. of Medstead and began their journey.  She nursed in Spiritwood and Rabbit Lake Hospitals until she transferred to Home Care in 1982 and worked until 1997, working in both Prince Albert and North Battleford districts.  Doreen was also the active coroner for several years.   A passion for nursing led her to a career of over 40 years, forming many friendships and acquaintances.

Being new to Medstead in 1959, she soon became an integral part of the community that would become her home for her entire family and married life.  Doreen enjoyed spending time with family and friends, forever the entertainer!

Survived by her loving husband, Alan Short, her children; Leanne (Bob) Thomas – Jordi (Kaelyn), Derek; Alison (Dennis) Ogenchuk; Murray (Rae) Short – Dayton, Quintin, Ryann; Trevor (Jeanette) Short – Andrew, Shelby (Matt), Mason; her sister – Carol (Bob) Cooper of Unity, SK.; brother-in-law – Evan Short of Union Bay, B.C., and numerous relatives. Doreen is predeceased by: her parents – Roy D. Walker and Doris Walker, her brother – Carmen Walker, her sisters-in-law – Joyce and Elizabeth.

Memorial donations in memory of Doreen Short may be directed to Medstead and District Recreation Association (MADRA) Box 86, Medstead, SK, S0M 1W0 or Donor’s Choice.  Family and friends wishing to send private online condolences may do so by visiting  Arrangements have been entrusted to Lori Saam of Beau “Lac” Funeral home in Spiritwood 306-883-3500

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