In Memory of

Pamela

"Dolly"

Dhanraj

(Sumair)

Obituary for Pamela "Dolly" Dhanraj (Sumair)

We are here in the loving memory of Pamela Dhanraj, fondly referred to as “Dolly” by those she loved. She was born on August 22, 1950, and went to be with her maker on February 1st, 2024, at the age of 73.

Dolly was born and raised in Guyana. She was the 5th of 8 children for Ramjas and Agnes Sumair.

Being the first daughter after 4 brothers, she earned the nickname Baby Doll which later led to Dolly. Her brothers dare not look at her in any way in which she did not approve of when they were little, as they would be in big trouble. Needless to say, her father spoiled her.

As they got older, she was close knit to her brothers, and this led to many stories which became cherished memories as they grew up. Grandma remembered vividly and she would cheer up anytime she spoke of her brothers. Countless times we would sit on her bed with her as she told us of how her brothers would take turns to take her on their motorcycles rides before going and hanging out with their friends.

She married my grandfather in 1971 and had four children, Peggy, Rowena, Jimmy, and Cathy. Dolly took time to talk to her children about important things, and she ensured they all went to church and had a relationship with the Lord. Dolly was NO push-over, for as much as they could have always talked to her- they knew what would have been the consequences if pushed or crossed over the limit. The same thing applied to her grandchildren. She would often say “Children should be seen and not heard.”

In 2000, two days before my brother Josh was born, she came to help the newborn and toddler, me. One of my favorite photos is of me wearing a full-on pumpkin costume to go to the hospital to meet my new brother because grandma thought that outfit was the perfect choice for the occasion. She quickly became a part of our church community, while we lived in New York and later in Virgina. She stayed with us for 12 years before going back to Guyana.

In God’s providence she was given 12 years with her children, their children; her sister and brother; her nieces and nephews; her extended family at large, and friends before coming to us in Winnipeg last August.

Dolly possessed a heart filled with kindness and compassion and loved the Lord. She had a special way of loving people, and it was easy for people to talk to her. She always had a listening ear and was willing to help in any way she could. That came back double fold, for she was truly loved by all. She touched many lives and left an impression on all who knew her and loved her. She had a calm spirit and warm heart; a listening ear and her home was always open.

Dolly is survived by her siblings; David, Patrick (Shirley), Michael, her only sister Esther (Roy) and Chuck (Lalita); her children, Peggy (Ricky), Rowena (Nate), Jimmy (Ven) and Cathy (Star Boy); 11 grandchildren, Aleem, Saleem (Becky), Andy, Sophie, Rhea, Sarah (Ethan), Josh, Esther, Hannah, Raphel, and Ruth; and 1 great grandson Aiden; and nieces and nephews, Christina, Melissa, Rachel, Joash, Reuel, Reon, Sharon, Sabrina, Shannon, Shanta, Bena, Shakti, Vijai, Kamini, Nadie, Rajesh, Suresh, Bobby, Patsy, Leata, Narine, Haresh, Vidya, just to name a few.

We will always remember you with every cup of tea we sit down with, and we will be left with hearing your voice singing songs and reciting passages in our head.

In all seriousness, Grandma loved the Lord and lived her life following His ways. We will also remember her love for her immediate, huge extended family and the other people who crossed paths with her. We are thankful for the life she lived and the tremendous joy she brought to all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Grandma, I will love you always.

Funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, Providence Reformed Church, 2615 Henderson Highway, East St Paul, MB, with viewing prior to service. Interment at Glen Eden Cemetery.

The service will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/providencewinnipeg/live_videos/
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