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Dora Oake (1912-1986) - Elizabeth Miller
Dora Oake (1912-1986)
Had my mother lived, today would have been her 100th birthday.

Born Dora Oake, she spent her earliest years on Change Islands, in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. When she was 12, her family moved to St John's. She met my father (Ted Russell) at the Department of Education - they were both teachers - in the summer of 1933. They were married in January 1935.

Mom and dad moved around quite a bit during the 30s and 40s, as he was a magistrate whose assigment often changed. They spent time in Springdale, Harbour Breton,Bonne Bay, and finally St John's. By this time they had a family of 4 girls.

Mom was not typical of Newfoundland mothers in the 1940s. She worked as a newspaper reporter, covering the National Convention that preceded Confederation with Canada. She also served for a few years as Woman's Editor of two major St John's newspapers.

One of her many interests was Astronomy. She worked with the Girl Guides orgaization to assist young Guides in acquiring their Astronomy badges. She was co-founder of the St John's branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. She wrote articles that were published in "Sky and Telescope." She loved to take her children outside (even in our own back yard) with her big telescope and give us lessons on the stars and constellations.

Mom died in February 1986 in St John's. My father, Ted Russell, predeceased her in 1977. They are still both sorely missed.
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