Doherty, Betty Joan

Betty Joan Doherty (nee Miller) passed away peacefully at her home in Meaford on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, with family by her side.

She was the much-loved wife of James ‘Jim’ Doherty of Meaford and they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in June.  She was the devoted and loyal mother of Kathy Freiburger of Paisley, Mike Doherty of Meaford and Tracy VanAalst of Meaford.  She will be fondly remembered for her love and devotion to her family, always doing things with her children and grandchildren, making sure they were well cared for.

Betty was the daughter of the late Charles and Jennie Miller of Rocklyn.  She is survived by sister Dianne Rowles of Meaford and her sister-in-law Nancy Weatherall of Wasaga Beach. She was the proud grandmother of Deanna Freiburger of Walkerton and was predeceased by her grandson Jeff Freiburger of Paisley and son-in-law Gordon VanAalst of Meaford. Betty was also predeceased by sisters Marie McKibbon-Bell of Meaford, Florence Brinkman-Johansen of Fort Myers, Florida,  brother Keith Miller of Meaford and sister-in-law Beth Green of Meaford.

Betty was born and raised in Rocklyn and spent her childhood working on the family farm.  She loved the country and farming.  She spent 22 years as a school bus driver, working for Ed Smith Tire Service in Meaford.  Following this, she was a rural postal delivery driver for many years.  She loved the spring and summer seasons and enjoyed tending to her vegetable and flower gardens.

Betty will be warmly remembered by countless students and customers that she delighted in serving, with an infectious smile, a silly laugh, and a kind word for everyone.

Private family arrangements at this time with interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford the Spring of 2023.

As your expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Private family arrangements at this time with interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford the Spring of 2023.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or Charity of your Choice
Make a donation in memory of Betty Joan Doherty


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. larry miller
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    Sorry to hear. My condolences to the family. Will miss her sense of humor

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  2. Bev and Gail Murray
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    We extend our sincere sympathy to all your family at the loss of a wife mom and grama Betty was always a fun person and loved to have a good laugh Hold on to the many good times until you meet again

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  3. Debra Moodie
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    Larry and I send your family our deepest and heartfelt condolences. I have many fond memories of Aunt Betty especially her laugh and sense of humour. I am so thankful that I was able to have such a good visit with her this past summer when I was in Meaford.

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  4. Dianne Rowles
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    My condolences go out to Jim, Kathy, Mike and Tracy we all have good memories of Betty may she rest in peace

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  5. Mary Adams
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    Sincere condolences Jim and family on the passing of your loved one. She will be greatly missed by all of you. Betty was always smiling and so full of life. Hold your happy thoughts close during this difficult time. Carl & Mary Adams

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  6. thom christmann
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    My deepest condolences to Jim and family,she was a good friend and nieghbour.

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  7. Thom Christmann Jr.
    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. My condolences to the family.

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  8. Kirsten and Jeff Harrop
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Our deepest sympathies to the family during this difficult time.

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  9. Margaret Lowe
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Condolences to Jim and family.

    Marg Lowe

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  10. coreen clarke
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Tracy our sincere sympathy at this very sad time. If our love could take away the hurt it would be done. Jim our thoughts are with you. It is so sad that you have lost your best friend and soulmate but take comfort iin knowing you were always there for her. Kathy and Mike hold tight to the memories. Jim and Coreen

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    1. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
      Friday, December 23, 2022

      Our condolences to Jim and your family. She always spoke to us if we met. RIP Betty

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  11. Marjorie Miller
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    So sorry to hear about Betty. My condolences to Jim and the family,

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  12. Shirley Cook
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    My sincere condolences to Betty’s family . Cherish all those special memories .
    Shirley

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  13. Sharon Gray
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Sincere condolences to Jim and family.

    Sharon

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  14. Fran Falls
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to Jim and Family, cherish all your memories .

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  15. Frank & Janet Bassingthwaite
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Jim,Kathy,Mike and Tracy
    Our sincere condolences to all of you at this sad time. Betty delivered our mail for many, many years at R.R. 2 Meaford on sunny days and stormy days and always with a smile or a friendly wave.

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  16. Rick and Bonnie almas
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Tracy Jim and family our deepest sympathy cherish your memories!

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  17. Bob Skippen
    Friday, December 23, 2022

    My condolences to the families Bob and Lynn

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  18. Fran Austin
    Saturday, December 24, 2022

    My sincere condolences to Jim and Betty’s families and friends

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  19. Heather (Kerr) & Steve Knight - Mississauga
    Sunday, December 25, 2022

    Dear Kathy- although our paths haven’t crossed since high school / I was sorry to hear that your mom had passed away. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Hugs. Heather (Kerr) & Steve Knight. / Mississauga

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  20. Frances Pendleton
    Tuesday, December 27, 2022

    Sending my sincere condolences to Tracy and family

    Sending hugs Frances Pendleton

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  21. Faye Fisher
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    We were saddened to hear of Betty’s death. Our sympathy to all who loved her.
    Betty had a wonderful chat with our father, Charles Fisher, last year just awhile before he passed. He was so happy to share some memories with her.
    from cousins, Faye Fisher and Donna Fisher-Potter

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  22. Karen Wheeler
    Thursday, January 12, 2023

    My condolences to all family, Betty was a great well respected lady, and a great neighbour even though she hated driving the bus past us as we walked to school, Karen Wheeler (Shaw)

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