HAWLEY, Doreen Martha Hawley - NOVEMBER 23, 1935 - DECEMBER 1, 2022
In the arms of her children, and with heaven’s gates open, Mrs. Doreen Martha Hawley was called home on Thursday December 1, 2022, to be with her beloved Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Doreen was the dear mother of Myrna Keriakis (Makram) and Mark Hawley (Caroline), and the dear grandmother of Astrid Hawley and Christopher Hawley.
She joins her beloved husband, Rev. Earle Hawley, who went to be with his Lord and Saviour on September 7, 2018.
Doreen Martha Hawley was born on a farm at Piccadilly in 1935 to Dorval and Martha Babcock.
She was the youngest of 3 children – brother Wilfred Babcock and sister Helen Reynolds (Babcock).
She moved with her parents to Verona where she completed Elementary School, and then attended Sydenham High School for 5 years.
During this time she was active in the Youth meetings and was director of the Junior Missionary Society in the local Free Methodist church. After High School she attended Peterborough Teacher’s College and graduated in 1955.
That summer she met Earle Hawley who was a student at Asbury Seminary in Kentucky but home for the summer and was the youth worker at Roblin Holiness Movement camp. She was at the same camp helping in the Daily Vacation Bible School program. In the fall she began teaching Grades 1 - 6 at Jackson’s Mills near Kingston for one year. The next year she married Earle in 1956 and they both went to Kentucky, Earle to continue his Seminary and Doreen to take her B.A. in Elementary Education at Asbury College.
After graduation in 1958, she helped in the Belhaven Free Methodist church that Earle pastored for 1 year, with Sunday School, Youth and WMI.
During this time she also taught Grade 2 at East Guillimbury Heights in Newmarket. After serving for 1 year in Belhaven Free Methodist Church, she went with her husband to Egypt as Free Methodist missionaries 1959-1986 where they served for 26 years with a break of 1 year during the 1967 war when they went to Haiti as missionaries for 1 year.
During that year in Haiti Doreen taught in the Girl’s School but was delayed returning to Canada due to contracting typhoid.
During the 27 years in Egypt Doreen taught in the Theological College, was Christian Education Mission Director which involved writing and producing a 7 year Daily Vacation Bible School curriculum and holding 5-6 leaders’ workshops yearly throughout Egypt.
She held Women’s and Children’s meetings, was Mission Treasurer and homeschooled her 2 children Myrna and Mark.
She enjoyed her children both in schooling with them and vacationing in Cyprus. The last year she missed Mark as he attended High School in Germany. A happy, but busy time, just before returning to Canada, was preparing and enjoying daughter, Myrna’s wedding.
She married Makram Keriakis, an Egyptian. and they came to Canada when the Hawley’s returned and also Mark from Germany. After 27 years of missionary service 1959-1986, the Hawley’s returned to Canada where they both served 12 years in Housey’s Rapids 1986-1988, in Deep River 1988-1994, and Athens 1994-1998.
Doreen began to work for Statistics Canada while in Deep River and continued for 16 years. When Earle retired in Courtice, after serving in the Free Methodist church for 40 years, Doreen continued working for Statistics Canada as well as serving In Trulls Road Free Methodist Church for 5 years as Christian Education Director, producing 2 booklets on Children’s Baptism and Children’s Communion.
She also launched a Women’s Ministry program there and then served as President and Director of Programming. Doreen also served as the Conference Women’s Ministry International Executive for 15 years in 2 positions, Treasurer, and Vice President of Global Missions.
Many summers were spent in a trailer at Wesley Acres after returning from Egypt. It was enjoyable to have both Michelle & Christopher (Grandchildren) come to stay for DVBS and Youth and also for visits in the home on every holiday.
The Hawleys sold their house because of deteriorating health and Earle’s progression of Parkinson’s and they moved to White Cliffe Retirement home in December, 2012 where they still attended Trulls Road F.M. church.
However with mounting health problems they moved to Woodhaven Long Term Care in Markham the first part of 2015. They both were well cared for and spent 3 years together there in adjoining rooms. Earle went to be with his Lord and Saviour on September 7, 2018. Doreen’s health deteriorated significantly after suffering a stroke in September 2021.
Her suffering and disability ended when Jesus called her home on December 1, 2022.
Visitation on Monday December 12 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, at COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPELl, 1587 Highway #2, Courtice, ON L1E 2R7. Funeral Service on Tuesday December 13 at 1:00 PM, at Trulls Road Free Methodist Church, 2301 Trulls Rd, Courtice, ON L1E 3B6.
The Funeral Service will be Livestreamed using the following link: https://funeraweb.tv/en/diffusions/65245
“If we live, we live for the Lord;
and if we die; we die for the lord.
So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord”
- Romans 14:8
Where sin has been removed,
death can only interrupt the earthly life and usher in the heavenly.
- John MacArthur.