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Mum wanted her only child to live life to its fullest

ST. GEORGE - Lifelong Charlotte County resident Dorothy Harpell is being remembered by her only child as a cheerful, fun-loving and dedicated mother, grandmother and animal lover.

"(Mom) always had cats when I was growing up, at least one," daughter Crystal Greencorn said Friday. "And although she never owned one, she collected anything to do with Dalmatians."

She said Harpell had dozens of ornaments, stuffed animals and other memorabilia that championed the white dog, with black spots, made immensely popular by the Disney children's movie 101 Dalmatians.

"She also liked to read, do puzzles and go on the computer a lot," added Crystal. "She also liked to go for walks."

Harpell, a diabetic who had been battling a rare form of skin cancer, died in the palliative care unit of the Saint John Regional Hospital on Thursday.

She had turned 44 just two days earlier.

"I want people to know how much she cared for me and my kids (Victoria and Breanna)," said Crystal, who lives in Blacks Harbour. "She was a good mom who took care of me. She made sure I was fed and clothed and had everything I needed. She always said to 'live life to the fullest' (and) taught me to be strong - how to deal with things when (bad) things happen."

Harpell is a former employee of the Virtual Agent Services contact centre and, in her earlier years, worked briefly at Connors Bros. Ltd.

Her funeral will held 3 p.m. Sunday from the Gary E. Waycott Memorial Chapel at the St. George Funeral Home, with Rev. Bruce Alcorn officiating.

There will be visiting at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Born at Blacks Harbour on Oct. 7, 1964, Dorothy Lee Harpell was one of four children of retired Connors Bros. Ltd. factory workers Howard and Ellen (Johnson) Greencorn of Beaver Harbour.

She attended school in Blacks Harbour and at Fundy High in St. George.

Besides her parents, daughter and granddaughters, Harpell's survivors include one brother, Dennis Greencorn of Kanata, Ont.; two sisters, Darlene Harris and Lisa Hooper, both of Calgary; and several aunts, uncles and nieces.

"She didn't want to move away (like her siblings) because she wanted to be there for her parents," said Crystal.

The family would appreciate donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in Harpell's memory, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Interment will take place in the Pennfield Rural Cemetery.

SOURCE: New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal (Saint John, NB) - October 11, 2008.

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