Dorothy Irene Sampson

Dorothy Irene Sampson

December 1, 1940 – January 24, 2015

Dorothy Irene Sampson, 74, of Courtenay, British Columbia, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

Predeceased by her parents, Melba and Adolph Gottselig, Dorothy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Lorne; children Lisa (Todd) Cipperley, Greg (Nadine) Sampson; grandchildren, Haley, Skyler and Miranda; sisters, Katherine Butler and Vivian (Gordon) Johnson; and her two dogs, Jawz and Cactus.

Dorothy grew up in Bowness, Alberta where she developed a passion for friendships, family, birding, hiking, riding horses and caring for her many pets.

Dorothy met her husband, Lorne, when they were both working as lifeguards at the “Happy Valley Pool”. They made such a handsome couple that they were chosen to be models on the postcards advertising ‘Happy Valley Pool and Recreation Area’.

Dorothy and Lorne raised their family on an acreage in Millarville where they nurtured and shared their love of animals and nature. Summers were spent at the family cabin on Shuswap Lake, in BC making happy memories swimming, water-skiing, exploring, and singing at campfires with Dorothy playing her Autoharp. Dorothy, an accomplished athlete, was a hostess and tour guide helping skiers to “find their way” on the hill at Lake Louise. After moving to Vancouver Island, she became a line dancer and an avid golfer – getting a hole in one!

Dorothy was not only a lover of nature and a joyful person, she was a caring wife, loving mother, fantastic listener, and a faithful best friend to many. She is remembered for her love of people and good fun. Dorothy loved to laugh and had a smile that would light up the room, an amazing sense of humour, and entertained people constantly with her quick wit.

Dorothy will be sadly missed and remembered forever by her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider honouring Dorothy’s memory with a donation to either the Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2C 2T7 – online at or the BC SPCA Comox Valley & District Branch, 1668 Ryan Road, Comox, BC V9M 3Z8 – online at

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